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): April 1, 2019 (March 30, 2019)
ASSERTIO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Appointment of James J. Galeota, Jr. to the Board of Directors
On March 30, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) increased the size of the Board from eight to nine members, as permitted by the Company’s Bylaws, and appointed James J. Galeota, Jr. to the Board, to fill the vacancy created by the increase in the number of directors.
Mr. Galeota, 52, served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of G&W Laboratories, Inc. from 2016 to 2019. From 1988 to 2016, Mr. Galeota served in many diverse positions at Merck & Co., Inc., where he served most recently as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer and President, Emerging Businesses. From 2011 to 2014, he served as President, Hospital and Specialty Care at Merck, and from 2009 to 2011, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Health Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Galeota started his career in Merck’s commercial organization, where he held various U.S. and global leadership positions and led numerous brands and key product launches across a variety of therapeutic areas. The Board considered Mr. Galeota’s experience and expertise within the following areas relevant to the Company and its business in concluding that he should serve on the Board: Corporate and Executive Management; Operational and Strategic Planning; Business Development; Financial Expertise and Commercial Strategy. Mr. Galeota currently serves as a director of Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-held pharmaceutical company. Mr. Galeota holds a B.S. in biology from Villanova University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
In connection with service on the Board, Mr. Galeota is entitled to receive the compensation and equity awards applicable to all of the Company’s non-employee directors, as more particularly described in the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation and Grant Policy (the “Policy”), filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities Exchange Commission on August 8, 2018. In accordance with the Policy and in connection with his appointment to the Board, Mr. Galeota received an automatic grant of restricted stock units having a value of $190,000 based on the Fair Market Value (as defined in the Company’s Amended and Restated 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan) of the Company’s common stock as of the date of grant that vest in three equal installments on the first three anniversaries of Mr. Galeota’s appointment. Mr. Galeota will also receive the cash compensation and annual equity awards payable to non-employee directors pursuant to the Policy. The Company also intends to enter into its standard form of indemnification agreement with Mr. Galeota.
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.
ASSERTIO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Date: April 1, 2019
/s/ Amar Murugan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel