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Form 8-K
AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC false 0001337553 0001337553 2020-06-11 2020-06-11

 

 

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): June 11, 2020

 

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

001-36152

 

20-3109565

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

4301 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 400

Durham, North Carolina 27703

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (919) 237-5300 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share

 

AERI

 

Nasdaq Global Market

Indicate 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).

Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

 

 


Item 5.02.     Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(b) On June 11, 2020, Murray Goldberg retired as a member of, and resigned from, the Board of Directors the (“Board”) of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”), effective as of 8:00 am on June 11, 2020. Mr. Goldberg’s retirement and resignation was not the result of any dispute or disagreement with the Company or the Board on any matter relating to the operations, policies or practices of the Company; Mr. Goldberg’s retirement and resignation was made in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, which requires that directors retire and resign from the Board upon reaching the age of seventy-five (or, if such director was elected prior to their 75th birthday, then upon the annual stockholders meeting coincident with or next following their 75th birthday). The Company expresses its appreciation for Mr. Goldberg’s service as a member of the Board. In connection with Mr. Goldberg’s retirement and resignation, the Board approved a decrease in the size of the Board from nine members to eight members.

Item 5.07.     Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

At the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company, held on June 11, 2020, the Company’s stockholders considered and voted upon the following proposals:

Proposal 1: Elections of Directors.

By vote reflected below, each of the directors nominated was elected.

Nominee

 

Votes For

   

Votes Withheld

   

Broker Non-Votes

 

Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D.

   

34,006,464

     

379,274

     

4,480,619

 

Benjamin F. McGraw, III, Pharm.D.

   

34,046,296

     

339,442

     

4,480,619

 

Julie McHugh

   

30,983,413

     

3,402,325

     

4,480,619

 

Proposal 2: Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

By vote reflected below, the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was ratified.

Votes For

 

Votes Against

   

Votes Abstained

   

Broker Non-Votes

 

38,650,868

   

192,277

     

23,212

     

0

 

Proposal 3: To approve, by a non-binding vote, the compensation of our named executive officers (“say-on-pay”).

By vote reflected below, the Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.

Votes For

 

Votes Against

   

Votes Abstained

   

Broker Non-Votes

 

32,424,366

   

1,899,414

     

61,958

     

4,480,619

 


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.

 

 

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

             

Date: June 15, 2020

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Richard J. Rubino

 

 

 

Richard J. Rubino

 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer