Athenahealth Ex-CEO Bush to Get $4.83 Million If Firm Is Sold

(Bloomberg) -- Athenahealth Inc. will pay former Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Bush $4.83 million if the company is sold with his help in coming months.

Bush, who stepped down in June after being accused of sexual misconduct, will receive an additional $2 million in early 2020 if he upholds a non-compete agreement with the health-technology firm, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Athenahealth, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, has said it plans to explore a sale or merger. This year, activist Elliott Management Corp. proposed buying the firm for $160 a share, saying it had been mismanaged and would be better off in private hands.

Bush, a nephew of former President George H.W. Bush who co-founded Athenahealth in 1997, faced complaints of inappropriate behavior with female employees and reports that he assaulted his then-wife more than a decade ago.

He and his family owned about 1 percent of the firm’s shares as of June 1. He forfeited equity awards worth $17.8 million when he resigned.

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