Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02.             Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On February 21, 2020, Citi Trends, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has elected David N. Makuen to serve as its Chief Executive Officer and appointed him as a member of the Board, effective as of March 9, 2020.

Mr. Makuen, age 52, joins the Company from Five Below, Inc., a publicly-traded specialty value retailer, where he served as EVP Marketing and E-commerce since September 2019, as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategy from November 2017 to August 2019, and as Senior Vice President, Marketing from 2011 to 2017. Prior to his work with Five Below, Mr. Makuen was the owner and President of Fresh Life Foods, LLC, a food service business, from 2009 to 2011. Previously, Mr. Makuen served as Vice President, Marketing for Eddie Bauer, a clothing retailer, from 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Makuen will receive a base salary of $675,000 per year and will be eligible to earn an annual cash incentive for 2020 with a target amount equal to 100% of his base salary, with an opportunity to earn 200% of the target amount based on achievement of certain earnings targets for the Company.   Mr. Makuen will be eligible to receive annual equity incentive awards, and for 2020 he will receive awards of restricted stock units and performance stock units having an aggregate value of $877,500. In addition, Mr. Makuen will receive a $560,000 signing bonus to be paid in cash upon commencement of his employment.

Mr. Makuen has entered into an Employment, Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreement (the “Restrictive Covenant Agreement”) and a Severance Agreement (the “Severance Agreement”) with the Company. to the Restrictive Covenant Agreement, Mr. Makuen has agreed to (i) not work for a competitor during the term of his employment or for one year following termination of employment with the Company, (ii) not solicit any of the Company’s merchandise vendors for a period of eighteen months following termination of employment with the Company, and (iii) not solicit any employee of the Company during the term of his employment or for a period of two years following termination of employment with the Company, in each case, regardless of the reason for termination.  to the Severance Agreement, if the Company terminates Mr. Makuen’s employment without Cause (as defined in the Severance Agreement) or if he terminates his employment in the event his job duties have been materially diminished or his compensation has been materially decreased, the Company will provide Mr. Makuen with separation payments of twelve months base salary, and will pay him the full monthly cost, less applicable tax withholdings, to provide the same level of group health insurance maintained by him as of his separation from service for twelve months.

No family relationships exist between Mr. Makuen and any of the Company’s directors or other executive officers. There are no arrangements between Mr. Makuen and any other person to which Mr. Makuen was selected as an officer, nor are there any transactions to which the Company is or was a participant and in which Mr. Makuen has a material interest subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

In connection with the election of Mr. Makuen as Chief Executive Officer, Peter R. Sachse has resigned as the Interim Chief Executive Officer effective as of March 9, 2020, a position he has held since December 9, 2019. Mr. Sachse will continue to serve on the Board and has been appointed to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board effective as of March 9, 2020.

The summary of the Restrictive Covenant Agreement and the Severance Agreement above does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to such agreements, copies of which are attached to this report as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.

On February 21, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Makuen’s election as the Chief Executive Officer, which press release is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01.              Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

10.1 Employment Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreement, dated as of February 17, 2020, between Citi Trends, Inc. and David N. Makuen
10.2 Severance Agreement, dated as of February 17, 2020, between Citi Trends, Inc. and David N. Makuen
99.1 Press Release, dated February 21, 2020


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About Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN)

Citi Trends, Inc. is a retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s segment is retail operations. The Company operates approximately 520 stores in both urban and rural markets in over 30 states. The Company offers products under its brands, such as Citi Steps and Red Ape. The Company’s merchandise includes apparel, accessories and home. Within apparel, the Company offers fashion sportswear for men, women and children, including offerings for newborns, infants, toddlers, boys and girls. Accessories include handbags, jewelry, footwear, belts, intimate apparel, scrubs and sleepwear. The Company’s home merchandise includes decorative home product, functional home product, beauty, books, toys and electronic accessories. The Company sources its merchandise from approximately 1,700 vendors, consisting of domestic manufacturers and importers.

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