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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 29, 2018
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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.
Appointment of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Effective May 29, 2018, the Board of Directors (the "Board') of Evolus, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Lauren Silvernail to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development.
Lauren Silvernail, age 59, served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of Revance Therapeutics, Inc. ("Revance"), a pharmaceutical research and development company, from December 2015 to May 2018 and as Revance's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development from March 2013 to December 2015. From 2003 to 2012, Mrs. Silvernail was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development at ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical research and development company. From 1995 to 2003, Mrs. Silvernail served in various operating and corporate development positions with Allergan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, including Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining Allergan, Inc., Mrs. Silvernail worked at Glenwood Ventures, an investment firm, as a General Partner. She currently serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of Nicox S.A. Mrs. Silvernail holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Mrs. Silvernail and any other persons pursuant to which Mrs. Silvernail was selected to be an officer of the Company. Mrs. Silvernail does not have any family relationships subject to disclosure under Item 401(d) of Regulation S-K of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities Act.
The Company and Mrs. Silvernail entered into an employment agreement on May 29, 2018 (the “Employment Agreement”) setting forth the terms and conditions of her employment as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Under the Employment Agreement, the Company shall pay Mrs. Silvernail a base salary at the annualized rate of $425,000.00. Mrs. Silvernail also received a one-time payment for relocation expenses of $25,000.00. She is eligible to receive an annual incentive bonus, as determined by the Board in its reasonable discretion, with a target bonus 40% of her base salary in each full calendar year of employment (prorated for the year 2018) based on achievement of key performance indicators for Mrs. Silvernail and the Company as determined by the Board (the “Annual Bonus”).
Concurrent with entry into the Employment Agreement, Mrs. Silvernail was granted an option to purchase 200,000 shares of the Company’s common stock in accordance with the terms of the Company’s 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the "Plan"), subject to the vesting provisions contained therein (the “Option”). Subject to certain conditions, the Option will have an exercise price per share equal to $22.44, the last reported sale price of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market on May 25, 2018. Mrs. Silvernail was also granted 30,000 restricted stock units ("RSUs" and together with the Option, the "Equity Awards") in accordance with the Plan, subject to the vesting provisions contained therein. Each RSU represents a contingent right to receive one share of the Company's common stock.
Under the Employment Agreement, in the event that, other than during the time period within 12 months after a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan), the Company terminates her employment without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement), or she resigns from her employment for Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement), Mrs. Silvernail will be entitled to (i) salary and benefits continuation for a period of 6 months, (ii) a pro-rata share of the Annual Bonus and (iii) immediate vesting of a pro-rata portion of the Equity Awards and continued vesting of a portion of the Equity Awards for 6 months. In the event that the Company terminates her employment without Cause or she resigns from Good Reason within 12 months after a Change in Control, then Mrs. Silvernail will be entitled to (i) a lump sum cash severance payment equal to 12 months of base salary, (ii) a pro-rata share of the Annual Bonus and (iii) acceleration of the vesting of the Equity Awards.
The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete Employment Agreement, a copy of which will be filed with the Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On May 29, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing certain of the matters described in Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of the press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
Dated: June 1, 2018
/s/ David Moatazedi
President and Chief Executive Officer
Evolus Appoints Veteran Healthcare Executive Lauren Silvernail as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Irvine, Calif., May 29 2018 - Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) ("Evolus" or the "Company"), a premiere aesthetics company, today announced the appointment of Lauren Silvernail as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Mrs. Silvernail joins Evolus from Revance Therapeutics where she most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer. At Revance she successfully led multiple capital raises and executed a number of the company’s pre-commercial strategies.
Prior to her time at Revance Therapeutics, Mrs. Silvernail was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development at ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc. working to grow the business from development stage through commercialization and into profitability until its acquisition by Bausch + Lomb. Prior to ISTA, Mrs. Silvernail served in various operating and corporate development positions for Allergan, most recently as Vice President of Business Development, where she led and closed acquisitions, licensing and commercial co-promotion
David Moatazedi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evolus, stated, "I welcome Lauren to Evolus as her appointment further strengthens our executive leadership team and represents a critical milestone for the Company ahead of commercialization. Lauren brings extensive category experience and deep financial, operational, commercial, and corporate development expertise as we prepare to bring our first product candidate to market."
Lauren Silvernail, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Evolus, said, "I am excited to join Evolus at this critical juncture in the evolving competitive landscape of the neurotoxin market. I am confident that my diverse background in healthcare will meaningfully complement the team as we move to execute on the Evolus vision to build a dynamic and customer centric dedicated aesthetics platform company."
Earlier in her career Mrs. Silvernail was a partner in a seed venture capital fund and held marketing roles of increasing responsibility at Bio-Rad Laboratories and Varian Associates. She holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a BA in Biophysics from University of California, Berkeley.
About Evolus, Inc.
Evolus is a premiere aesthetics company focused on providing physicians and their patients with expanded choices in aesthetic treatments and procedures. Lead candidate DWP-450, also known by the chemical name prabotulinumtoxinA, is a 900 kDa purified botulinum toxin type A complex that is being evaluated for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines.
Statements made in this press release that relate to future plans, events, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements containing the words "planned," "expect," "believes," "strategy," "opportunity," "anticipates," "outlook," "designed," and similar words. While these forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of management, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties,
assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in this press release, including the risks and uncertainties disclosed in Evolus’ periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including factors described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter ended March 31, 2018, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2018 and May 10, 2018, respectively, all of which are available online at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Evolus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.
Brian Johnston, The Ruth Group
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Kirsten Thomas, The Ruth Group