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) May 16, 2016
FairPoint Communications, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
521 East Morehead Street,
Charlotte, North Carolina
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (704) 344-8150
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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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.
(e) On May 16, 2016, the Company entered into amendments (collectively, the "Amendments”) to the employment agreements, as previously amended (collectively, the “Employment Agreements”), with (i) Ajay Sabherwal, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and (ii) Peter G. Nixon, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Revenue and External Affairs, to extend the respective terms thereof through December 31, 2019, unless terminated sooner or renewed as provided in the applicable Employment Agreement. Except as provided therein, the Amendments provide that all other terms and conditions of the Employment Agreements remain in full force and effect.
The foregoing descriptions of the various amendments are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Amendments, copies of which will be filed with the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ending June 30, 2016, which the Company intends to file in August 2016. Copies of the Employment Agreements, which are incorporated herein by reference, were previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 7, 2013 as Exhibits 10.18 and 10.20 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and the first amendments were previously filed with the SEC on November 3, 2015 as Exhibits 10.2 and 10.4 to the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2015.
Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
On May 16, 2016, the Company held its 2016 annual meeting of shareholders (the "2016 Annual Meeting"). At the 2016 Annual Meeting, shareholders considered and voted upon the following proposals:
The election of the nine directors nominated by the board of directors (the "Board") and named in the table below to serve until the Company's next annual meeting of shareholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified;
The approval, by a non-binding advisory vote, of the Company's named executive officer compensation; and
The ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.
Of the 27,065,799 shares of common stock of the Company outstanding and entitled to vote at the 2016 Annual Meeting, 24,520,462, or approximately 90.6%, were represented at the meeting in person or by proxy, and therefore a quorum was present.
Shareholders elected each of the nine nominees for director to serve on the Board until the Company's next annual meeting of shareholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified based upon the following votes:
Votes in Favor
Peter D. Aquino
Dennis J. Austin
Peter C. Gingold
Edward D. Horowitz
Michael J. Mahoney
Michael K. Robinson
Paul H. Sunu
David L. Treadwell
Shareholders approved, by a non-binding advisory vote, the Company's named executive officer compensation based upon the following votes:
Votes in Favor
Shareholders ratified the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 based upon the following votes:
Votes in Favor
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.
FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
/s/ Susan L. Sowell
Susan L. Sowell
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Date: May 17, 2016