Tomer Pascal—We entered into a contractor agreement with Mr. Pascal, dated August 14, 2017. Pursuant to this agreement, Mr. Pascal’s compensation was initially set at $16,666.60 per month, and his current compensation is $300,000 per year. In May 2020, we and Mr. Pascal and agreed to reduce his compensation to $285,000 per year until October 1, 2020, when we and Mr. Pascal agreed to revert his compensation back to the original amount of $300,000. Mr. Pascal’s consulting services may be terminated by us at any time, with or without cause, by providing Mr. Pascal with two weeks prior written notice.
We use base salaries to recognize the experience, skills, knowledge and responsibilities required of all our employees, including our Named Executive Officers. Base salaries and base compensation are reviewed annually, typically in connection with our annual performance review process, and adjusted from time to time to realign salaries and compensation with market levels after taking into account individual responsibilities, performance and experience. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the annual base salaries or base compensation for each of Mr. Sarig, Mr. Hamaide and Mr. Pascal were $300,000, $300,000 and $300,000, respectively, subject to the salary and compensation reductions that were effected between May 2020 to October 1, 2020 as discussed under “Employment and Severance Agreements” above.
For the year ended December 31, 2020, bonuses in the amount of $30,000, $30,000 and $30,000 were paid to Mr. Sarig, Mr. Hamaide and Mr. Pascal, respectively, in recognition of their performance and our results of operations during the year ended December 31, 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2019, bonuses in the amount of $30,000, $30,000 and $31,750 were paid to Mr. Sarig, Mr. Hamaide and Mr. Pascal, respectively, in recognition of the completion of our initial public offering (“IPO”) and our results of operations during the year ended December 31, 2019. None of our Named Executive Officers received any non-equity incentive compensation in 2019 or 2020.
Although we do not have a formal policy with respect to the grant of equity incentive awards to our executive officers, we believe that equity grants provide our executives with a strong link to our long-term performance, create an ownership culture and help to align the interests of our executives and our stockholders. In addition, we believe that equity grants with a time-based vesting feature promote executive retention because this feature incentivizes our executive officers to remain in our employment during the vesting period. Accordingly, our Board periodically reviews the equity incentive compensation of our Named Executive Officers and from time to time may grant equity incentive awards to them.
During the year ended December 31, 2020, we granted restricted stock awards to Mr. Sarig, Mr. Hamaide and Mr. Pascal pursuant to the Aterian, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”), as described in more detail in the “Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2020” table below.
During the year ended December 31, 2019, we granted restricted stock awards to Mr. Sarig, Mr. Hamaide and Mr. Pascal in connection with the replacement of the Mohawk Group, Inc. Transaction Bonus Plan (the “Transaction Bonus Plan”). Effective July 9, 2018, we established the Transaction Bonus Plan to provide a means by which select employees may be given incentives to remain with Aterian through a liquidity transaction. Under the Transaction Bonus Plan, our Board could, by unanimous approval, grant contractual rights to receive payments (each right, a “Participation Unit”) to any full-time employees or independent contractors that had at least three months of service with us. Each Participation Unit represented a proportional interest in the amount set aside for participants of the Transaction Bonus Plan (the “Plan Pool”). Participation Units were deemed vested (meaning the units were then eligible to vest upon, or following, a subsequent liquidity event) in nine monthly installments on each of the nine monthly anniversaries of the date of grant, subject to continued employment with us or a subsidiary of ours. Upon the closing of a Sale of the Company (as defined in the Transaction Bonus Plan), the Participation Units would immediately and fully vest, subject to continued employment with us or a subsidiary of ours. Upon the closing of a Qualified IPO (as defined in the Transaction Bonus Plan), the Participation Units would immediately vest in full. Following a Qualified IPO, on each of the first four six-month anniversaries of the Qualified IPO, a participant was entitled to payments and distributions equal to 25% of the participant’s proportional interest of the Plan Pool, subject to continued service with us, but