8K - CEO Employment Agreement



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):  November 19, 2019


Kadmon Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

















(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



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(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)



450 East 29th Street

New York, NY



(Address of principal executive offices)


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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 November 19, 2019, Kadmon Corporation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into an employment agreement, effective January 1, 2020 (the “Employment Agreement”) with Harlan W. Waksal, M.D., the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, which supersedes and replaces Dr. Waksal’s prior employment agreement. Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Dr. Waksal will receive an annual base salary of $600,000. Dr. Waksal will also be eligible for a year-end target bonus of 60% of his annual base salary. The Employment Agreement also includes customary confidentiality and assignment of intellectual property obligations. In addition, Dr. Waksal has been granted an option to purchase 1,350,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s existing Amended and Restated 2016 Equity Incentive Plan, which is described further in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, at an exercise price per share equal to the closing market price of the Company’s common stock on November 19, 2019, which shares shall vest in equal annual installments over three years.

The Employment Agreement can be terminated by the board of directors of the Company at any time for or without Cause (as such term is defined in the Employment Agreement) and Dr. Waksal can resign with or without Good Reason (as such term is defined in the Employment Agreement). If Dr. Waksal is terminated for Cause or resigns without Good Reason, Dr. Waksal will receive his base salary through the date of termination. If Dr. Waksal is terminated without Cause or resigns with Good Reason, conditioned on Dr. Waksal’s execution and non-revocation of a release of claims, Dr. Waksal will be entitled to severance payments in an aggregate amount equal to his base salary plus the greater of his target bonus or his previous year’s discretionary bonus, to be paid in equal installments over a one-year period and ending when Dr. Waksal becomes employed by another entity or individual.




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.















Kadmon Holdings, Inc.




Date: November 19, 2019




/s/ Gregory S. Moss





Gregory S. Moss





Executive Vice President and General Counsel