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): November 11, 2020
HARMONY BIOSCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
630 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 215
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Common Stock, $0.00001 par value per share||HRMY||The Nasdaq Global Market|
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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 Mark Graf and Eric Motley to Board of Directors
Effective November 11, 2020, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. (the Company) increased the size of the Board from seven (7) directors to nine (9) directors and filled the vacancies created by such increase by appointing (i) Mark Graf, age 55, as a Class I director, and (ii) Eric Motley, age 47, as a Class II director, each appointment effective as of November 11, 2020. Mr. Graf was also appointed to serve on the Audit Committee of the Board (the Audit Committee). Mr. Graf will hold office until the date of the Companys 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor shall be elected and qualified or until his earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal. Mr. Motley will hold office until the date of the Companys 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor shall be elected and qualified or until his earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal.
Mr. Graf served as Chief Financial Officer of Discover Financial Services, a publicly traded financial services company, from April 2011 to September 2019. Prior to joining Discover, he served as an Investment Advisor at Aquiline Capital Partners from 2008 to 2011 and a Partner at Barrett Ellman Stoddard Capital Partners from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Graf served as Chief Financial Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp from 2004 to 2006, and was its Corporate Treasurer from 2001 to 2004. He also served in various roles at AmSouth Bancorporation from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Graf previously served on the board of directors of BNC Bancorp, formerly a publicly traded bank holding company, from 2010 to 2011 and currently serves on the board of directors of Signet Jewelers Limited. Mr. Graf was selected to the Board because of his extensive business, capital analysis, risk management and financial management expertise, and we believe he will bring valuable experience and insight to the Board.
Mr. Motley currently serves as an Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the Aspen Institute, a global, non-partisan public policy organization, based in Washington, DC, a role he has held since 2016. Mr. Motley joined the Aspen Institute in 2007 and has held roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as Vice President and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2014. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Mr. Motley served as counselor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs for the U.S. Department of State from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Motley began his career at the White House, serving as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Presidential Personnel for the George W. Bush Administration, from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Motley was selected to the Board because of his extensive management and organizational expertise, as well as his strong governance experience, and we believe he will bring valuable experience and insight to the Board.
The Board has determined that Mr. Graf qualifies as an independent director under the corporate governance standards of Nasdaq and the heightened independence requirements of Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), required for service on the Audit Committee. Mr. Graf was not appointed to the Board pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any other person. Mr. Graf has no family relationships with any director or executive officer of the Company and there are no transactions in which Mr. Graf has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
The Board has determined that Mr. Motley qualifies as an independent director under the corporate governance standards of Nasdaq. Mr. Motley was not appointed to the Board pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any other person. Mr. Motley has no family relationships with any director or executive officer of the Company and there are no transactions in which Mr. Motley has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Each of Messrs. Graf and Motley will receive compensation consistent with that provided to non-employee directors as described in the Companys director compensation program.
The Company and each of Messrs. Graf and Motley will enter into the Companys standard form of indemnification agreement for directors, a copy of which was previously filed as Exhibit 10.12 to Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-240122) and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD.
On November 11, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Messrs. Graf and Motley. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information included in Item 7.01 in this Current Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1*||Press release issued by the Company dated November 11, 2020.|
This Exhibit is furnished herewith and will not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act except to the extent that Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. specifically incorporates it by reference.
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.
|HARMONY BIOSCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC.|
|Date: November 12, 2020||By:|
John C. Jacobs
President and Chief Executive Officer
HARMONY BIOSCIENCES APPOINTS MARK GRAF AND ERIC MOTLEY
TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA and CHICAGO, IL, November 11, 2020 Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. (Harmony) (Nasdaq: HRMY), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative therapies for patients living with rare neurological disorders who have unmet medical needs, today announced the appointment of Mark Graf and Eric Motley to the Companys Board of Directors. Mark Graf is an executive with deep financial expertise as well as an experienced board member with a strong background in corporate governance. Eric Motley is an expert in human capital development who has advised previous government, not-for-profit and private sector organizations as an organizational development executive, in addition to his governance experience on corporate and philanthropic boards.
The wealth of financial, management and governance expertise Mark and Eric bring adds to the depth and breadth of Harmonys board, said Jeff Aronin, Harmony Founder and Chairman, and Paragon Biosciences Chairman and CEO. Their insights will be invaluable to help oversee the strategic growth of Harmony as a public company. We are honored to have them join our Board.
Before retiring in 2019, Mark Graf spent over eight years as the Chief Financial Officer of Discover Financial Services and was a core member of the firms Executive Committee. In addition to all aspects of financial management, he was responsible for managing the companys $110 billion balance sheet, corporate development and investor relations. He was named the #1 Chief Financial Officer in the consumer financial services sector by the readers of Institutional Investor magazine every year from 2014 through 2019.
Prior to joining Discover, Mark spent five years in the private equity realm. Most recently, he was an Investment Advisor at Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in investments in financial services and financial technology enterprises. Prior to Aquiline, he briefly served as a Partner at Barrett Ellman Stoddard Capital Partners and he served as Chief Financial Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp from 2004 to 2006 and was its Corporate Treasurer from 2001 to 2004. He also served in various roles at AmSouth Bancorporation from 1994 to 2001.
Mark brings a strong background in corporate governance and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School.
Eric Motley is a senior management, talent, and organizational development executive with 20 years of experience assisting government, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations with building high-performing teams. Currently, Eric is an Executive Vice President and the Corporate Secretary at the Aspen Institute, a global, non-partisan public policy organization, based in Washington, DC. He previously served as Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, recognized by many as one of the most prestigious leadership development programs in the United States.
Eric served at the White House for over four years, eventually as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, working in the Office of Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process for over 1,200 presidentially appointed advisory board and commission positions.
Eric also has strong governance experience through his work with corporate and philanthropic boards. He earned his undergraduate degree from Samford University, and received his master and doctorate degrees at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
About Harmony Biosciences
Harmony Biosciences is a commercial stage pharmaceutical company headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Chicago, IL. The company was established by Paragon Biosciences, LLC, and is focused on providing novel treatment options for people living with rare, neurological disorders who have unmet medical needs. For more information on Harmony Biosciences, please visit the companys website: www.harmonybiosciences.com.
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