Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 8-K 2008
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act Of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 11, 2008
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10154
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 546-4000
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
(e) On February 12, 2008, in connection with Mr. Cornelius election to serve as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Registrant, the letter agreement dated April 26, 2007 between Mr. Cornelius and the Registrant (the Employment Agreement), was terminated. The Board will determine Mr. Cornelius new compensation arrangement when it makes its annual determinations concerning the compensation of all other members of senior management. Until such time, Mr. Cornelius will continue to receive an annual base salary of $1,400,000 that he had been entitled to receive under the Employment Agreement.
A copy of the letter agreement between Mr. Cornelius and the Registrant dated February 12, 2008 terminating the Employment Agreement is attached to this report as Exhibit 10.1.
(a) On February 11, 2008, the Board amended the prior Bylaws numbered 34 and 35 of the Registrant to combine the positions of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. The prior Bylaws had separated the roles of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the prior Bylaws numbered 9, 18, 21, 31 and 32 were amended to add a reference to the role of the Lead Independent Director. Corresponding changes throughout the Bylaws were made to reference the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer as one individual.
A copy of the revised Bylaws, effective February 11, 2008, is attached to this report as Exhibit 3.1.
On February 11, 2008, the Board of Directors elected James M. Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of the Registrant, to serve as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Cornelius will serve as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Registrant.
On February 11, 2008, the Board of Directors elected Lewis B. Campbell to serve as Lead Independent Director.
A copy of the press release dated February 12, 2008 announcing the retirement of James D. Robinson III as Chairman of the Board, the election of James M. Cornelius as Chairman of the Board and the election of Lewis B. Campbell as Lead Independent Director is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.