MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE, INC. (NASDAQ:VIVO) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

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MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE, INC. (NASDAQ:VIVO) 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.

Consistent with the succession plan described in the May 10, 2017 press release of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (the "Company"), on October 9, 2017 (the "Effective Date") the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Jack P. Kenny as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Simultaneously with Mr. Kenny's appointment, John A. Kraeutler stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer and assumed the title of Executive Chairman. Also on the Effective Date, the Board expanded its size from seven to eight directors and elected Mr. Kenny to the Board to fill the vacancy. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Kenny's appointment is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report and is incorporated herein by reference.

Mr. Kenny, 49 years old, most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America, at Siemens Healthcare. From June 2012 through October 2014 Mr. Kenny served as Vice President and General Manager at Becton Dickinson Diagnostic Systems. Prior to June 2012, Mr. Kenny held positions at Leica Biosystems, Danaher Corporation, and Quest Diagnostics.

The Company and Mr.Kenny entered into an Employment Agreement (the "Agreement") on the Effective Date to which Mr.Kenny will be paid a base salary of $550,000 for the first year of the Agreement's term ("Year 1") and $650,000 for the second year of the Agreement's term ("Year 2"). Mr. Kenny is eligible to earn an annual bonus of up to $275,000 for Year 1 and $325,000 for Year 2, subject to the achievement of certain performance criteria as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board.

On the Effective Date to the Agreement the Company granted Mr. Kenny (i) options to purchase 100,000 shares of common stock of the Company which will vest on a pro rata basis over four years and (ii) 13,000 restricted stock units which shall vest in a lump sum or "cliff" basis on the second anniversary of the Effective Date. The Agreement also provides that in November 2017 Mr. Kenny shall be granted 25,000 restricted stock units, which also shall vest in a lump sum or "cliff" basis on the fourth anniversary of the Effective Date.

to the terms of the Agreement, there is no required minimum period of employment and either the Company or Mr.Kenny may terminate his employment under the Agreement at any time for any reason or no reason. If Mr.Kenny voluntarily terminates the Agreement, he must give the Company at least 90 days' prior written notice. If the Company voluntarily terminates the Agreement without cause, the Company is obligated to give Mr.Kenny 90 days prior written notice. In the event that the Company terminates the employment of Mr.Kenny without Cause or if he terminates his employment for Good Reason, each as defined in the Agreement, Mr.Kenny is entitled to a severance payment equal to twelve months of his then base salary plus a pro-rata portion of the target bonus through the date of termination. If such termination occurs during a change of control period, Mr.Kenny is entitled to a severance payment equal to two times his then base salary plus his target bonus for the severance period.

The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K and incorporated into this Item 5.02 by reference. Please see the Agreement attached as an exhibit to this Form 8-K for further information.

Item 5.02.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)

Exhibits

10.1

Employment Agreement between Meridian Bioscience, Inc. and Jack Kenny

99.1

Press Release of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. dated October 9, 2017


MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE INC Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 form8k101117_ex10.htm EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE,…
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About MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE, INC. (NASDAQ:VIVO)

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. is a life science company engaged in the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of diagnostic test kits for gastrointestinal, viral, respiratory and parasitic infectious diseases, and elevated blood lead levels, and the manufacture and distribution of bulk antigens, antibodies, polymerase chain reaction (PCR)/quantitative PCR (qPCR) reagents, nucleotides, competent cells and bioresearch reagents used by researchers and other diagnostic manufacturers. Its segments include Diagnostics and Life Science. The Diagnostics segment includes manufacturing operations in Cincinnati, and the sale and distribution of diagnostic test kits in the countries consisting of North, Central and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and other countries outside of the Americas and EMEA. The Life Science segment consists of manufacturing operations in Memphis, Tennessee; Boca Raton, Florida; London, England; Luckenwalde, Germany, and Sydney, Australia.

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