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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 13, 2019
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|Item 5.02.|| |
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Pete Bassi, Chairman of the Board of Directors (the Board) and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Potbelly Corporation (the Company) has decided not to stand for re-election to the Board at the Companys 2019 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders, scheduled to be held on May 16, 2019. Mr. Bassis decision is not related to any disagreement with the Company or with the Companys operations, policies, or practices. The Board has selected Dan Ginsberg to serve as the Chairman of the Board and as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Ginsberg has been a member of the Board since 2014.
Ann-Marie Campbell, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and Harvey Kanter, member of the Compensation Committee, have also decided not to stand for re-election to the Board at the Companys 2019 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders. Neither Ms. Campbells nor Mr. Kanters decision is related to any disagreement with the Company or with the Companys operations, policies, or practices.
|Item 7.01.|| |
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On March 15, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing that Pete Bassi, Chairman of the Companys Board of Directors, Ann-Marie Campbell, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and Harvey Kanter, member of the Compensation Committee have each decided not to stand for re-election at the Companys Annual Meeting of the Shareholders, as noted in Item 5.02 above. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. The information in this Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth be specific reference to such filing.
|Item 9.01.|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Potbelly Corporation Press Release dated March 15, 2019|
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.
|Date: March 15, 2019||Potbelly Corporation|
|By:||/s/ Thomas Fitzgerald|
|Title:||Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
POTBELLY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CHANGES TO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chicago, IL, March 15, 2019 Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB) today announced that Pete Bassi, Ann-Marie Campbell, and Harvey Kanter have decided to not stand for re-election to Potbellys Board of Directors at the Companys 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in order to focus on other opportunities. The board is currently conducting a search process to add two additional directors in the future.
Mr. Bassi has decided to retire from Potbellys board following many years of distinguished service, where he served as Chairman of the Board since August 2017, Lead Director since February 2016, and as a director since January 2009. Dan Ginsberg will assume the role of Chairman of the Board upon Mr. Bassis retirement. Mr. Ginsberg has been a director since February 2014 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Ginsberg has a comprehensive background in branding strategy, marketing, and advertising. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Dermalogica, Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull, NA, Chief Marketing Officer at Hardees, and had been an advertising and marketing executive who held executive positions at agencies such as NW Ayer and Cunningham & Walsh.
The decision to step down by Ms. Campbell and Mr. Kanter, who have served as directors since August 2014 and August 2015, respectively, reflects the increasing demands on their time by other commitments. Mr. Kanter was recently appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Destination XL Group, Inc. and Ms. Campbell has assumed increasing responsibilities at The Home Depot, Inc. as Executive Vice President, US Stores.
We are extremely grateful to Pete for his exemplary service on our Board and his many contributions to Potbelly. His dedication and vast expertise have been invaluable, and he will be missed by all of us, said Alan Johnson, Potbellys President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, I would like to thank both Ann-Marie and Harvey for their many significant contributions to the strategic direction of the Company. I sincerely valued their advice and insight when I joined Potbelly a little over a year ago. I strongly believe our Company is on course to a period of positive change because of their guidance.
The Company expects to hold its 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 16, 2019.
Potbelly Corporation is a neighborhood sandwich concept that has been feeding customers smiles with warm, toasty sandwiches, signature salads, hand-dipped shakes and other fresh menu items, customized just the way customers want them, for more than 40 years. Potbelly promises Fresh, Fast & Friendly service in an environment that reflects the local neighborhood. Since opening its first shop in Chicago in 1977, Potbelly has expanded to neighborhoods across the countrywith more than 400 company-owned shops in the United States. Additionally, Potbelly franchisees operate approximately 40 shops domestically, in the Middle East, Canada and India. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com.