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Washington, D.C. 20549
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October 24, 2011
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7400 49th Avenue North,
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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.
On October 25, 2011, Navarre Corporation (the Company) announced the retirement of J. Reid Porter as the Companys Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer effective October 28, 2011. Mr. Porters decision was made in connection with the approval by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on October 24, 2011 of the following retirement compensation package for Mr. Porter: (i) a lump sum cash payment of $307,500; and (ii) continuation of coverage under the Companys group medical and dental plans for Mr. Porter and his spouse until each reaches the age of 65, subject to certain conditions including an appropriate release of all claims. In addition, the Compensation Committee approved amendments to three of Mr. Porters prior stock option awards, covering a total of 120,000 shares of Common Stock, and four prior restricted stock unit awards, covering a total of 113,833 shares of Common stock, to accelerate vesting to occur upon Mr. Porters retirement on October 28, 2011 and to extend the expiration date of the out-of-the-money stock options until October 28, 2014.
The Company also announced that the Board of Directors appointed Diane D. Lapp, 46, as Interim Chief Financial Officer, and the Companys principal financial and accounting officer, effective October 28, 2011. Ms. Lapp has served as the Companys Vice President of Finance since May 2005, including a previous assignment as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July to December 2005. In connection with the appointment, Ms. Lapp will receive an annual base salary of $255,000 and be eligible for an annual bonus of up to fifty percent (50%) of her base salary under the terms of the Companys Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Management Incentive Plan. In addition, the Compensation Committee approved the following equity awards to be granted to Ms. Lapp effective the first date that is in an open trading window as provided in the Companys Insider Trading Policy (the Grant Date): (i) a stock option award under the Companys Amended and Restated 2004 Stock Plan (the Stock Plan) with an exercise price equal to fair market value on the Grant Date and covering 60,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock; and (ii) a restricted stock unit award under the Stock Plan covering 20,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock. The awards will vest in three equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the Grant Date, conditioned upon continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting dates, and subject to acceleration of vesting upon a Change of Control (as defined in the Stock Plan).
Ms. Lapp and the Company previously entered into a written executive severance agreement which will continue to be in effect. The agreement provides for severance payments in the event that the employment of Ms. Lapp is involuntarily terminated without cause, or is terminated by Ms. Lapp due to a material adverse change in her duties, responsibilities, authority or base salary. Severance payments equal one times base salary and one times the average amount of annual bonus earned and paid with respect to the preceding three years. Severance payments are paid in a lump sum within 30 days after the date of termination. If applicable, severance payments will be offset by any income protection benefits payable during the first 12 months of a qualifying disability under the Companys group short-term and long-term disability insurance plans. Severance payments require a written release of all claims and agreements by the executive with respect to non-solicitation, confidentiality obligations and assignment of intellectual property rights. The term of the agreement is for successive one year periods which automatically extend unless notice of termination is provided by one party to the other at least six months prior to the expiration of the then-current term. The current term expires December 31, 2012. The foregoing summary of this agreement is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is hereby incorporated by reference.
On October 25, 2011, the Company issued a press release that is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. This press release announces the retirement of J. Reid Porter, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and the appointment of Diane D. Lapp as the Companys Interim Chief Financial Officer as described above in Item 5.02 to this current report on Form 8-K.
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 hereunto duly authorized.