FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION (NYSE:AGM) 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.
Appointment of Certain Officers
Effective December 7, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (“Farmer Mac”) appointed Lowell L. Junkins to the position of Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Mac.
Mr. Junkins, age 73, has been a member of the Board since June 13, 1996 and Chairman of the Board of Farmer Mac since September 30, 2010. He will continue to serve in those capacities during his tenure as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Junkins is also an Iowa businessman who operates a public affairs consulting firm and owns and operates Hillcrest Farms in Montrose, Iowa. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board from December 5, 2002 to September 30, 2010 and Acting Chairman of the Board from September 15, 2008 to September 30, 2010. Mr. Junkins was appointed to the Board in April 1996 while the Senate was in recess and was confirmed by the Senate on May 23, 1997. He was reconfirmed by the Senate on June 3, 2003 and on September 30, 2010. During his tenure on the Board, Mr. Junkins has served on the Board’s Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation Committee, Finance Committee, and Public Policy Committee. In connection with his appointment as Farmer Mac’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Junkins will step down from the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees of the Board but will remain a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Board.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr.Junkins and any other persons to which he was selected as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Mac. There are also no family relationships between Mr.Junkins and any director or executive officer of Farmer Mac, and Mr.Junkins has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed to Item404(a) of Regulation S-K. Farmer Mac has not entered into any new compensatory arrangements with Mr. Junkins in connection with his appointment as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Mac.
The Board will promptly conduct a search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer, which will include consideration of both internal and external candidates.
Departure of Certain Officers
On December 7, 2017, Timothy L. Buzby was terminated as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Mac, effective immediately, due to violations of company policies that were unrelated to Farmer Mac’s financial or business performance. As a result of the termination, Mr. Buzby’s
unvested restricted stock and all unexercised vested and unvested stock appreciation rights were forfeited, and he is not entitled to any severance payments.
Item 8.01 Other Events
On December 7, 2017, Farmer Mac issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Junkins as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer and the termination of Mr. Buzby. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99 hereto and is incorporated by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORP ExhibitEX-99 2 a20171207pressrelease1.htm EXHIBIT 99 Exhibit Lowell Junkins Named Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer MacBoard to launch immediate search for new leaderWASHINGTON,…To view the full exhibit click
About FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION (NYSE:AGM)
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) provides a secondary market for a range of loans made to borrowers in rural America. The Company operates through four segments: Farm & Ranch, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guarantees, Rural Utilities and Institutional Credit. The Company purchases mortgage loans on agricultural real estate and rural housing under the Farm & Ranch line of business. Under the USDA Guarantees business, Farmer Mac II LLC, a subsidiary of Farmer Mac, purchases agricultural, rural development, business and industry, and community facilities loans guaranteed by the USDA. The Company purchases and guarantees securities backed by rural utilities loans under the Rural Utilities business. Under the Institutional Credit line of business, Farmer Mac purchases or guarantees general obligations of institutions approved by Farmer Mac. The Company sells its guarantees of securities under the AgVantage brand name.