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[August 18, 2014]
ITC HOLDINGS CORP. FILES (8-K) Disclosing Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Other Events
(Edgar Glimpses Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Appointment of Directors and Officer On August 13, 2014, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of ITC Holdings Corp.
(the "Company") voted to expand the size of the Board from eight to ten directors and appointed Albert Ernst and Dave R. Lopez as directors of the Company. There are no understandings or arrangements between Messrs. Ernst or Lopez and any other person pursuant to which Messrs. Ernst or Lopez was selected as a director of the Company. Neither of the new appointees to the Board has any family relationship with any director or executive officer of the Company. It has not yet been determined on which committees of the Board the new appointees will serve.
In connection with their service as directors, each appointee will receive the Company's standard non-employee director cash and equity compensation.
Specifically, Messrs. Ernst and Lopez each will receive a $75,000 annual cash retainer (payable in equal quarterly installments) and an annual equity retainer of restricted stock with a total value of $75,000 under the Company's equity compensation plans for non-employee directors (awarded through quarterly grants valued at $18,750 each), as well as an annual cash payment if he serves as chair of any committee or as lead director.
Also on August 13, 2014, the Board appointed Rejji P. Hayes to serve as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Hayes, age 39, has served as the Company's Vice President, Treasurer and interim Chief Financial Officer since May 2014 and previously served as the Company's Vice President, Finance and Treasurer since February 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr.
Hayes served from 2009 until 2012 as Assistant Treasurer and Director, Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy at Exelon Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, where he was responsible for developing the company's financial strategy, and planning, structuring and executing all debt and equity financings. Prior to his employment with Exelon Corporation, Mr. Hayes served from 2007 until 2009 as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions at Lazard Freres & Co. LLC where he provided strategic and corporate finance advisory services for corporate clients and private equity firms. Previously, Mr. Hayes served for a total of 8 years in a variety of financial leadership roles with financial institutions and investment banks. Mr. Hayes holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College. Mr. Hayes will receive annual base compensation of $325,000. His targeted cash bonus was increased from 60% to 100% of base compensation under the Company's 2014 corporate bonus plan adopted pursuant to the Company's Second Amended and Restated 2006 Long Term Incentive Plan (the "LTIP"), based on the achievement of Company performance goals. In addition, Mr. Hayes' targeted equity award under the LTIP was increased from 65% to 150% of annual base compensation.
Approval of Bonuses On August 12, 2014, the Compensation Committee of the Board approved payment of discretionary cash bonuses to substantially all of the Company's employees, including certain of its "named executive officers," as defined in the Company's most recent annual meeting proxy statement ("NEOs"), in connection with Phase I of the KETA project being placed into service. The estimated amounts of the cash bonuses payable to the NEOs are set forth in the table below. As in past years, the final bonus amounts for all recipients will be determined immediately prior to the time of payment by dividing the discretionary bonus pool proportionately among the recipients employed as of the payment date based upon their respective shares of the 2014 annual corporate performance bonus pool.
Final bonus amounts for the NEOs will be disclosed in the Company's 2015 annual meeting proxy statement.
Name Title Bonus Joseph L. Welch President and Chief Executive Officer $ 119,826 Linda H. Blair Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer $ 57,513 Jon E. Jipping Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer $ 47,022 Daniel J. Oginsky Executive Vice President and General Counsel $ 39,622 Item 8.01 Other Events.
Declaration of Dividend On August 13, 2014, the Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1625 per common share, an increase from the previous quarterly cash dividend of $0.1425.
The quarterly cash dividend is payable on September 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 2, 2014.
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