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): July 1, 2021
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(Address of Principal Executive Offices, and Zip Code)
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Name of each exchange
on which registered
|Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share||ADN||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
|Warrants to purchase one share of common stock, each at an exercise price of $11.50||ADNWW||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Sec. 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Sec. 240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Former Chief Financial Officer Resignation
On July 1, 2021, William Hunter resigned from Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) from his positions as President, Chief Financial Officer and as a director of the Company, effective immediately.
In connection with Mr. Hunter’s resignation, the Company entered into a Separation Agreement and General Release with Mr. Hunter, effective July 1, 2021 (the “Separation and Release Agreement”). Pursuant to the Separation and Release Agreement, subject to Mr. Hunter’s execution of a release of claims, Mr. Hunter will be entitled to the payments and benefits set forth in the Employment Agreement by and between Mr. Hunter and the Company dated January 12, 2021 (the “Hunter Employment Agreement”) based on a termination without cause, and accelerated vesting of the unvested portion of the signing bonus Mr. Hunter was granted under the Hunter Employment Agreement. Mr. Hunter will continue to be subject to certain restrictive covenants pursuant to the terms of the Hunter Employment Agreement and the Separation and Release Agreement.
A copy of the Separation and Release Agreement is attached to, and incorporated by reference into Item 5.02 of, this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 hereto. The foregoing description of the letter agreement is intended only as a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the letter agreement.
New Chief Financial Officer Appointment
On July 2, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the appointment of Kevin Brackman as Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective July 2, 2021. The Company entered into an offer letter with Mr. Brackman (the “Offer Letter”), pursuant to which Mr. Brackman will receive an annual base salary of $375,000 and the opportunity to earn a performance-based bonus each year, targeted at 100% of base salary. The Offer Letter also provides for the grant of equity awards in the future and a $40,000 relocation package.
A copy of the Offer Letter is attached to, and incorporated by reference into Item 5.02 of, this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.2 hereto. The foregoing description of the letter agreement is intended only as a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the letter agreement.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Brackman, 49, served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Myers Industries, a publicly traded corporation with internationally located manufacturing and sales operations in the polymer production sector. Before his promotion to Chief Financial Officer in 2018, he served as Myers Industries’ Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Myers Industries, Mr. Brackman was Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, External Reporting and Technical Accounting, and Financial Reporting at Ingersoll-Rand and previously excelled in a variety of positions at Chiquita Brands International, including Controller - North American operations and Director - Financial Reporting and Consolidations. Mr. Brackman received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.
On July 2, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Hunter’s resignation from his positions as President, Chief Financial Officer and as a director of the Company, and the appointment of Mr. Brackman as Chief Financial Officer. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Exhibit 10.1||Separation Agreement and General Release between William Hunter and the Company, dated as of July 1, 2021|
|Exhibit 10.2||Offer Letter Agreement between Kevin Brackman and the Company, dated as of July 2, 2021|
|Exhibit 99.1||Press Release, issued July 2, 2021.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive File (the cover page tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document).|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.
|Date: July 2, 2021|
/s/ Vassilios Gregoriou
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer