Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Resignation of Chief Executive Officer
On September 19, 2019, Aron Knickerbocker resigned as (i) President and Chief Executive Officer and employee of Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) and (ii) a member of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”).
On September 19, 2019, the Company and Mr. Knickerbocker entered into a severance benefits agreement (the “Agreement”). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company will pay Mr. Knickerbocker severance in an amount equal to his monthly base salary and pro-rata monthly target bonus for 12 months (the “Severance Pay Period”) for a total of $772,500, subject to customary payroll withholding and other deductions. As additional severance, Mr. Knickerbocker is entitled under the Agreement to a payment in an amount equal his 2019 performance bonus pro-rated by 75% for his partial year service (the “Pro-Rated 2019 Bonus”). The Pro-Rated 2019 bonus will be determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board when it determines bonuses for all of the senior executives at the Company (expected to occur in February 2020), and the Company would pay any such Pro-Rated Bonus during March 2020, subject to customary payroll withholding and deductions.
Under the Agreement, the Company will accelerate the vesting and exercisability of 50% of (i) all unvested options to purchase common stock of the Company and (ii) all unvested restricted shares of common stock of the Company held by Mr. Knickerbocker as of September 19, 2019. The Company also agreed to extend the period during which Mr. Knickerbocker may exercise his vested options to purchase common stock of the Company so that he will have until December 31, 2020 to exercise his vested options.
If Mr. Knickerbocker elects continued health or dental insurance coverage under COBRA, the Company will pay for the monthly cost of such coverage for up to 12 months following his resignation.
The Agreement also includes a general release of claims by Mr. Knickerbocker.
The Agreement supersedes the Executive Severance Benefits Agreement entered into between the Company and Mr. Knickerbocker on December 30, 2009.
The foregoing description of the Agreement is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
Appointment of Interim Chief Executive Officer
Effective September 19, 2019, the Board appointed the Company’s Chairman of the Board, William R. Ringo, as Interim Chief Executive Officer while the Company conducts a search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ringo will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer until his successor is appointed or until Mr. Ringo’s earlier resignation or removal. In connection with his appointment as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ringo has resigned as a member of the Compensation and Management Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
The Compensation and Management Development Committee has not yet determined the compensation payable to Mr. Ringo in connection with the commencement of this new role as interim Chief Executive Officer. The Company will file an amendment to this current report on Form 8-K within four business days of such determination.
The information required by Items 401(b), (d), (e) and Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K relating to Mr. Ringo is hereby incorporate by reference to the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2019.