DASAN ZHONE SOLUTIONS, INC. (NASDAQ:DZSI) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain OfficersItem 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
(c) Appointment of Principal Financial Officer
Effective as of December 1, 2017, DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Mikhail ("Michael") Golomb as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Treasurer and Secretary of the Company. In connection with the appointment, Mr. Golomb entered into an employment agreement with the Company (the "Employment Agreement"), effective as of December 1, 2017 (the "Effective Date"), and received a stock option award, as further described in Item 5.02(e) below, which is incorporated by reference herein.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Golomb, 42, from May 2017 to the present co-founded and was a consultant to the ICO Governance Foundation, a non-profit decentralized global organization with a protocol-based global community mission that performs a self-regulatory function for ICOs in decentralized capital markets. From June 2015 to May 2017, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Breathometer, a pioneerin breath analysis technology. From December 2013 to April 2015, Mr. Golomb was Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of BitFury Group Ltd., a market leading full-service Blockchain technology company, and one of the largest private infrastructure providers in the Blockchain ecosystem. From 2011 to 2013 Mr. Golomb was an independent Senior Financial Consultant. From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Golomb was Co-Founder, Board Member, and Co-President (Finance/Operations/Business Development) at Mayak Real Estate, a joint venture between Morgan Stanley, MCP, and Mr. Golomb. From 2005 to 2007 Mr. Golomb was Chief Financial Officer at Sistema Hals Real Estate Joint-Stock Company, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Golomb was Sr. Finance Manager / Head of Compliance at Trimble Navigation Ltd., a global leader in GPS technology and a publicly-traded company on NASDAQ. From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Golomb was Corporate Controller at Entegrity Solutions Corporation, a security software company. Prior to his public and private company experience Mr. Golomb was a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Golomb holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College. He is also a CPA (inactive) in California.
There were no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Golomb and any other person to which Mr. Golomb was selected as an officer of the Company. There are no family relationships between Mr. Golomb and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transactions required to be disclosed to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
(e)Compensatory Plans and Arrangements
The Employment Agreement has an initial term expiring on December 1, 2020. During the term, Mr. Golomb will serve as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Treasurer and Secretary reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, with such duties and
responsibilities as are commensurate with the position. The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Golomb has an initial annual base salary of $300,000. The base salary will be reviewed on at least an annual basis by the Compensation Committee. Mr. Golomb is also eligible to participate in all health benefits, insurance programs, pension and retirement plans and other employee benefit and compensation arrangements generally available to the Company’s other officers.
Under the Employment Agreement, Mr. Golomb will receive certain compensation in the event that his employment is terminated by the Company for any reason other than by reason of death, disability, termination for “cause” (as defined below), or if the executive resigns for “good reason” (as defined below), or as a result of the expiration of the term (each, a “Qualifying Termination”). In the event Mr. Golomb’s employment is terminated by reason of a Qualifying Termination, Mr. Golomb will be entitled to receive a lump-sum payment equal to the greater of his six months’ salary as in effect immediately prior to the date of termination or $150,000.
For purposes of the Employment Agreement, “cause” is generally defined to include: (1) the executive’s willful or continued failure to substantially perform his duties with the Company, or any failure to carry out, or comply with, in any material respect any lawful and reasonable directive of the Chief Executive Officer or the Board consistent with the terms of his Employment Agreement, which failure continues for 15 days following the executive’s receipt of written notice, (2) the executive’s conviction of, guilty plea to, or entry of a nolo contendere plea to a felony or a crime of moral turpitude or commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement or misappropriation against the Company, (3) the executive’s willful or reckless misconduct that has caused or is reasonably likely to cause demonstrable and material financial injury to the Company, or (4) the executive’s willful and material breach of his Employment Agreement, which breach remains uncured for 15 days following his receipt of written notice.
For purposes of the Employment Agreement, “good reason” is generally defined to include the occurrence of any of the following events without his consent: (1) a material diminution in the executive’s base compensation, (2) a material diminution in the executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities, (3) a material change in the geographic location at which the executive must perform his duties, or (4) any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by the Company of its obligations under the Employment Agreement.
The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Employment Agreement,which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2017, and which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
Issuance of Stock Options
On December 1, 2017, in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement, the Board of Directors granted Mr. Golomb stock options to purchase 130,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s equity plan. The options have a ten-year term and an exercise price per share equal to the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The options vest as to one-third of the shares on the first anniversary of the Effective Date and vest as to the
remaining shares in 24 equal monthly installments thereafter, subject to the executive continuing to render services to the Company through the applicable vesting date.
Following the date that is six months following the Effective Date, the Chief Executive Officer will conduct an initial review of Mr. Golomb’s performance. Based on such review, the Chief Executive Officer may, but will be under no obligation to, recommend to the Board of Directors the grant of such number of additional options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock so that, after taking into account the number of shares of the Company’s common stock subject to the stock options described above plus the number of shares of the Company’s common stock subject to such additional grant, Mr. Golomb holds stock options to purchase up to an aggregate of 1% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock.
In addition, in the event of a Qualifying Termination following the occurrence of a change in control of the Company, the options shall vest in full on the date of termination. The foregoing description of the stock option awards granted does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. 2017 Incentive Award Plan and the form of Stock Option Agreement, which are incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on January 4, 2017.
About DASAN ZHONE SOLUTIONS, INC. (NASDAQ:DZSI)
DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc., formerly Zhone Technologies, Inc., designs, develops and manufactures communications network equipment for telecommunications operators and enterprises across the world. The Company’s products provide enterprise solutions that enable both network service providers and enterprises to deliver high speed fiber access, while transporting voice, video and data to the end user. In addition to its product offerings in its core business, it offers FiberLAN Passive Optical local area network (LAN), which provides an alternative to switched copper-based LANs. The customers of its FiberLAN business include hospitality, government, education, manufacturing and business enterprises. Its products span two categories: SLMS Products, and Legacy, Service and Other Products. Its SLMS Products include Broadband Aggregation and Service, Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), Zhone Management System and FiberLAN Passive Optical LAN.
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