Potbelly Corporation
POTBELLY CORP (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/11/2017 17:06:02)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 9, 2017

 

 

Potbelly Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Commission File Number: 001-36104

 

Delaware   36-4466837

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

111 N. Canal Street, Suite 850

Chicago, Illinois 60606

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(312) 951-0600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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Indicated by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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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.

Appointment of Chairman of the Board

On August 9, 2017, the Board of Directors of Potbelly Corporation (the “Company”) appointed Peter Bassi, who at that time served as Lead Director of the Company, to succeed Aylwin Lewis as Chairman of the Board of Directors. As previously reported on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 31, 2017, Mr. Lewis resigned from his position on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board of Directors effective August 8, 2017.

Mr. Bassi has served as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2009, was its Lead Director prior to being appointed Chairman of the Board, and serves as the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Bassi retired in 2005 as Chairman of Yum! Restaurants International (“YRI”), the international division of Yum! Brands, Inc., where he served as President beginning in July 1997 and was in charge of YRI’s Asian business prior to that. Yum! was created in 1997 in a spin-off from PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Bassi joined PepsiCo in 1972 and served in various assignments at Pepsi Cola International, Pizza Hut (U.S. and International), Frito Lay and Taco Bell. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Bassi served on the board of The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack; from 2008 to 2010, he served on the board of El Pollo Loco, Inc.; and from 2013 to 2015, he served on the board of AmRest Holdings SE. Mr. Bassi currently serves on the board of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.; Mekong Capital, a Vietnam private equity firm; and Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Bassi will be entitled to receive compensation for his service as non-executive Chairman of the Board in an amount consistent with the Company’s director compensation plan as described below.

Potbelly Corporation Director Compensation Plan

Also on August 9, 2017, the Board of Directors approved a revised compensation plan for non-employee directors of the Company (the “Director Compensation Plan”). The Director Compensation Plan is effective immediately. Under the revised Director Compensation Plan, non-employee Directors are entitled to receive $135,000 in annual compensation. Additional retainers will be paid to the non-executive Chairman of the Board and certain Committee Chairs as described below. Each non-employee Director may elect between the following forms of payment for his or her annual compensation: (1) restricted stock units (“RSUs”) having a grant date fair market value of $135,000; or (2) (a) $60,000 in cash, plus (b) RSUs having a grant date fair market value of $75,000.

The non-executive Chairman of the Board receives an additional $80,000 annual retainer. The Audit Committee Chair receives an additional $15,000 retainer; the Compensation Committee Chair receives an additional $10,000 retainer; and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair receives an additional $7,500 retainer. The non-executive Chairman of the Board, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Chair, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair may each elect between the following forms of payment for such additional retainer: (1) RSUs having a grant date fair market value equal to such additional retainer amount; or (2) Cash in an amount equal to one-half such additional retainer amount, plus RSUs having a grant date fair market value of half of such additional retainer amount.

RSUs shall vest as follows: fifty percent (50%) on the first anniversary of the grant date, and fifty percent (50%) on the second anniversary of the grant date.

The foregoing does not purport to be a complete description of the Director Compensation Plan and is qualified by reference to the full text of such plan attached as an exhibit to this Form 8-K, which exhibit is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

10.1    Potbelly Corporation Director Compensation Plan


SIGNATURES

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: August 11, 2017     Potbelly Corporation
    By:  

/s/ Matthew Revord

    Name:   Matthew Revord
    Title:   Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Exhibit 10.1

Potbelly Corporation Director Compensation Plan

In accordance with the Potbelly Corporation 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “ Plan ”), each non-employee Director of Potbelly Corporation (the “ Company ”) and Potbelly Illinois, Inc. is eligible to receive compensation for services rendered. Each non-employee Director who is a member of the Board of Directors as of the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders (the “ Annual Meeting ”) is eligible to receive $135,000 in annual compensation. Additional retainers will be paid to the non-executive Chairman of the Board and certain Committee Chairs as described below.

Each non-employee Director may elect between the following forms of payment for his or her annual compensation:

 

  1. The non-employee Director receives Restricted Stock Units (as defined in the Plan) (the “RSUs”) having a grant date Fair Market Value of $135,000 (with a grant date on or before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter); or

 

  2. The non-employee Director receives:

 

  a. $60,000 in cash (half of which will be paid on before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter and half of which will be paid on or before the end of the respective fiscal year); plus

 

  b. RSUs having a grant date Fair Market Value of $75,000 (with a grant date on or before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter).

If any non-employee Director fails to make an election prior to the end of the first fiscal quarter, such Director will be deemed to have elected to receive compensation in the form of cash and RSUs, as set forth in paragraph 2 above.

The non-executive Chairman of the Board as of the Annual Meeting receives an additional $80,000 retainer, the Audit Committee Chair as of the Annual Meeting receives an additional $15,000 retainer, the Compensation Committee Chair as of the Annual Meeting receives an additional $10,000 retainer, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair as of the Annual Meeting receives an additional $7,500 retainer. The non-executive Chairman of the Board, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Chair, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair may each elect between the following forms of payment for such additional retainer:

 

  1. RSUs having a grant date Fair Market Value equal to such additional retainer amount (with a grant date on or before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter); or

 

  2. Cash in an amount equal to one-half such additional retainer amount (half of which will be paid on before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter and half of which will be paid on or before the end of the respective fiscal year); plus RSUs having a grant date Fair Market Value of half of such additional retainer amount (with a grant date on or before the end of the respective second fiscal quarter).


If any non-employee Director joins the Board of Directors of the Company and/or Potbelly Illinois, Inc. after the Annual Meeting, or if a Director begins service as the non-executive Chairman of the Board, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Chair, or Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair after the Annual Meeting, such Director’s compensation shall be pro-rated accordingly and paid prior to the next Annual Meeting.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement, RSUs shall vest as follows: fifty percent (50%) on the first anniversary of the grant date, and fifty percent (50%) on the second anniversary of the grant date.