Geron 8-K 2013
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 12, 2013
149 COMMONWEALTH DRIVE,
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Departure of Directors
On February 13, 2013, Edward V. Fritzky, a Class II member of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Geron Corporation (the Company), notified the Company of his decision to retire from the Board, effective as of May 22, 2013, the date of the Companys next Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the 2013 Annual Stockholders Meeting). In addition, Thomas D. Kiley, Esq., also a Class II member of the Board, notified the Company of his decision to retire as a member of the Board, effective as of the 2013 Annual Stockholders Meeting. Until their retirement from the Board, Messrs. Fritzky and Kiley will each continue to serve on the Audit Committee of the Board.
Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On February 13, 2013, the Companys Board approved an annual base salary of $569,250 for 2013 and a cash performance bonus of $330,000 for 2012 for John A. Scarlett, M.D., the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Scarletts annual base salary for 2013 represents an increase of 3.5%, or $19,250, from his 2012 annual base salary. In addition, on February 13, 2013, the Companys Board approved the grant of a stock option to purchase 1,340,000 shares of the Companys common stock to Dr. Scarlett, at an exercise price of $1.50 per share. The other terms of the stock option granted to Dr. Scarlett are set out below.
Executive Officer Stock Option Grants
On February 12, 2013, the Companys Compensation Committee of the Board approved the grant of stock options to purchase the Companys common stock to the principal financial officer and named executive officers of the Company. The following table sets forth the number of shares underlying the stock option grants:
The stock options granted to Dr. Scarlett and the other named executive officers of the Company (i) were granted pursuant to the Companys 2011 Incentive Award Plan; (ii) terminate ten years from the date of grant or earlier in the event the optionees service terminates; (iii) have an exercise price per share equal to the closing price of the Companys common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on the date of grant; and (iv) vest in a series of forty-eight (48) equal consecutive monthly installments, commencing from the date of grant (provided the optionee continues to provide services to the Company); however, if the optionee has not yet completed six (6) consecutive months of services to the Company, the options will vest as follows: after the end of such six (6) month period, up to one eighth (1/8) of the total number of option shares will vest, and the balance of option shares will vest in a series of equal and consecutive monthly installments of whole shares over the remaining period thereafter, for an aggregate total of forty-eight (48) months; in each case subject to full vesting acceleration in the event of a merger, acquisition or similar change in control of the Company as provided for under the stock option agreement. Dr. Grethlein has not yet completed six (6) consecutive months of services to the Company, and therefore option shares granted to Dr. Grethlein will not vest until completion of such six (6) month period, whereupon the option shares will vest as set forth above.
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.