CHEROKEE INC. (NASDAQ:CHKE) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying AccountantItem 4.01 rather than Item 4.01. The full text of the Original Report is repeated in this Amendment for convenience, but has not been modified from the text of the Original Report except solely to correct the item number as described above.
Item 4.01Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers.
Effective September13, 2017, the Board of Directors (the“Board”) of Cherokee Inc. (the“Company”) appointed Mr.John T. McClain as a new director of the Company and as the chair of the Audit Committee of the Board. The Board has determined that Mr.McClain qualifies as an independent director under applicable rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.
Mr.McClain, 56, served as chief financial officer of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, from November 2015 to September 2016. Mr.McClain served as the chief financial officer of The Jones Group Inc., a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 25 brands, from July2007 until the sale of the company to Sycamore Partners in April2014. From April2014 to August2014, he continued to provide senior advisory services related to financial operations to The Jones Group Inc. Prior to that, Mr.McClain held a number of roles at Avis Budget Group, Inc. formerly Cendant Corporation, a global provider of travel and real estate services. He joined Cendant Corporation in September1999, serving as the senior vice president, finance and corporate controller until 2006. From July2006 to 2007, Mr.McClain served as the chief accounting officer of Avis Budget Group and chief operating officer of Cendant Finance Holdings. Mr.McClain previously held leadership roles at Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and ITT Corporation. Mr.McClain has served as a trustee of Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG), a real estate investment trust, since June 2015, and on the board of directors of Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE), a casual clothing, accessories, footwear and home products retailer, since May2014, and Nine West Holdings, a designer, marketer and wholesaler of apparel, footwear and accessories, from April 2014 until October 2015. Mr.McClain holds a B.S degree in accounting from Lehigh University.
Mr.McClain’s compensation for his services as a director will be consistent with the Company’s compensation arrangements for its other non-employee directors, as described in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May26, 2017. In general, these arrangements consist of annual cash compensation of $80,000 and additional cash compensation in connection with committee memberships and chairman roles, including an additional $20,000 annually for the director serving as chair of the Audit Committee, in all cases subject to each non-employee director’s ability to elect to receive equity awards in lieu of cash for all or a portion of his or her annual cash compensation for Board service. Additionally, the Company intends to enter into an indemnification agreement with Mr.McClain in the same form as the indemnification agreements the Company has entered into with its other directors. In general, these indemnification agreements provide, among other things, for the indemnification to the fullest extent permitted or required by applicable Delaware law, provided that an indemnitee shall not be entitled to indemnification in connection with any proceedings or claims initiated or brought voluntarily by the indemnitee and not by way of defense, subject to certain exceptions.
Other than the arrangements described above, there are no arrangements or understandings between Mr.McClain and any other persons to which Mr.McClain was selected as a director of the Company. Mr.McClain is not a party to any transaction that would require disclosure under Item404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.