ITEM 5.02 DEPARTURE OF DIRECTORS OR CERTAIN OFFICERS; ELECTION OF DIRECTORS;
APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS; COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENTS OF CERTAIN OFFICERS.
On January 25, 2022, Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (the "Company" or "Spirit")
announced the appointment of Jay Young as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief
Legal Officer of the Company as of January 20, 2022, as well as entry into a
second amended and restated employment agreement (the "Young Employment
Agreement") on the terms summarized below.
Mr. Young most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and
Secretary of the Company. In addition, Mr. Young serves on the Company's
Investment Committee and Management Operating Committee that monitors business
activities and defines company strategy. Prior to joining Spirit in April 2016,
Mr. Young served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Wingstop,
Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CEC Entertainment,
and in-house counsel for Wachovia Corporation and UBS. Mr. Young holds a
bachelor's degree in economics from Southern Methodist University, a Juris
Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business.
The terms and conditions of the Young Employment Agreement are the same as in
the original employment agreement, as amended, except that:
• The Young Employment Agreement is effective as of January 24, 2022 and
expires on January 24, 2023, unless earlier terminated, and, like the
original employment agreement, is subject to an automatic one-year renewal
term unless either party gives timely written notice of termination.
• Under the Young Employment Agreement, Mr. Young is entitled to receive an
annual base salary of $376,620.
• Mr. Young's annual long-term incentive awards may be granted as a time-based
vesting award, vesting ratably over three years, as a performance-vesting
award, vesting over a three-year performance period, or as a combination
thereof, as determined by the Board or Compensation Committee in its sole
Mr. Young does not have any family relationships subject to disclosure under
Item 401(d) of Regulation S-K or any direct or indirect material interest in any
transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
The foregoing description of the terms of the Young Employment Agreement is a
summary which does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in
its entirety by reference to the Young Employment Agreement, a copy of which is
filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1.
ITEM 7.01 REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.
On January 25, 2022 we issued a press release regarding, among others, the
appointment of Ms. Thomas as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and
Secretary and Mr. Young as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative
Officer and Chief Legal Officer. A copy of the press release is furnished as
Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information set forth in this Item 7.01 and in the attached Exhibit 99.1 is
being "furnished" and shall not be deemed "filed" for any purpose, including for
purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and
is not incorporated by reference into any of the Company's filings, whether made
before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation
language in any such filing.
ITEM 8.01 OTHER EVENTS.
On January 25, 2022, the Company also announced the appointment of Rochelle
Thomas, age 38, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary,
effective immediately, as well as entry into an employment agreement (the
"Thomas Employment Agreement") with Ms. Thomas on the terms summarized below.
Thomas Employment Agreement
The Thomas Employment Agreement provides for an initial term of three years and
will expire (unless earlier terminated) on January 24, 2025 and will
automatically renew for additional one-year terms. During the employment term,
Ms. Thomas will receive a Base Salary at an annual rate not less than $310,000.
Ms. Thomas is eligible to receive an annual cash incentive payment under the
Company's annual bonus plan with a target bonus opportunity equal to 125% of Ms.
Thomas' annual base salary and a maximum bonus opportunity of 200% of Ms.
Thomas' annual base salary upon attainment of one or more pre-established
performance goals established by the Board or a committee thereof. Ms. Thomas is
eligible for annual long-term incentive awards of 200% of her annual base
salary, and such annual long-term incentive awards may be granted as a
time-based vesting award, vesting ratably over three years, as a
performance-vesting award, vesting over a three-year performance period, or as a
combination thereof, as determined by the Board or Compensation Committee in its
If Ms. Thomas' employment is terminated during the employment term by the
Company without "cause," by Ms. Thomas for "good reason" (each, as defined in
the Thomas Employment Agreement) or by reason of the Company's failure to extend
the term at the end
of the initial term or at the one-year extension period(s) thereafter, Ms.
Thomas would be entitled to receive: (a) a lump-sum payment totaling two times
Ms. Thomas' annual base salary then in effect; (b) a lump-sum payment equal to
Ms. Thomas' target bonus for the year of termination; (c) a lump-sum payment
equal to a pro-rata portion of Ms. Thomas' bonus earned in the year of
termination and any earned but unpaid annual bonus from the prior year; (d)
accelerated vesting of any time-based equity awards; (e) accelerated vesting of
any performance-based equity awards, provided that with respect to any award
granted prior to 2020, the award will vest at "target" and for any award granted
in or after 2020, the award will vest at the greater of "target" and the actual
performance based on the achievement of the performance goals as of the
termination date; and (f) up to 12 months of continued health care premiums for
Ms. Thomas and her eligible dependents.
In the event that the Ms. Thomas is terminated by reason of her death or
disability, she will be entitled to receive, in addition to payment of accrued
compensation and benefits through the date of termination, an amount equal to
any earned but unpaid prior year's bonus and also an amount equal to the annual
bonus for the year in which the termination occurs based on actual results,
pro-rated for the portion of the year of termination during which she was
employed with the Company, accelerated vesting of time-based equity awards and
accelerated vesting of any performance-based equity awards, provided however,
with respect to any award granted prior to 2020, the award will vest at "target"
and for any award granted in or after 2020, the award will vest at the greater
of "target" and the actual performance based on the achievement of the
performance goals as of the termination date.
Ms. Thomas' right to receive the severance payments described above is subject
to continued compliance with certain restrictive covenants and her delivery of
an effective general release of claims in favor of the Company.
During her employment, Ms. Thomas is eligible to participate in customary
health, welfare and fringe benefit plans. In addition, during the employment
term, she is also entitled to receive Company-paid premiums for a $1.0 million
term life insurance policy and up to $2,000 per year for an annual physical
examination. The Company will also reimburse Ms. Thomas up to $10,000 in legal
costs in connection with the negotiations of her employment agreement. The
Thomas Employment Agreement contains customary confidentiality,
non-solicitation, non-disparagement and intellectual property provisions.
The Company intends to enter into an Indemnification Agreement with Ms. Thomas
in the form to be filed by the Company as an exhibit to the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2021, the terms of which
are incorporated herein by reference.
The foregoing description of the terms of the Thomas Employment Agreement is a
summary which does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in
its entirety by reference to the Thomas Employment Agreement, a copy of which is
filed herewith as Exhibit 10.2.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
10.1 Employment Agreement, dated January 24, 2022, by and
between Jay Young and Spirit Realty Capital, Inc .
10.2 Employment Agreement, dated January 24, 2022, by and
between Rochelle Thomas and Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.
99.1 Press Release dated January 25, 2022
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* Filed herewith.
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