Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On February 11, 2020, Great Western Bancorp, Inc., (the "Company") announced
that as part of its succession planning, Mr. Mark Borrecco, age 48, has been
named to succeed Mr. Karels as President and CEO of the Company and its wholly
owned subsidiary Great Western Bank (the "Bank") effective March 9, 2020, (the
"Employment Commencement Date"). Mr. Borrecco will also join the Boards and
Executive Committees of the Company and the Bank at that time. As a result of
the addition of Mr. Borrecco to the Board, the Board size will be increased to
As previously reported by the Company in Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 26, 2019 and February 5,
2020, Mr. Karels announced that he will transition from the Company's President
and CEO into a non-executive employee role as Special Advisor to assist in the
transition of duties to the new CEO until October 2, 2020, Mr. Karels'
retirement date. Mr. Karels will also continue to serve on as Chairperson of the
Board until his retirement. Thereafter, Mr. Karels will continue to consult with
the Company until October 2, 2021.
Mark Borrecco has over 20 years of banking experience with most recently serving
as the CEO of Rabobank, NA, based in Roseville, CA from November 2015 through
the sale of Rabobank to Mechanics Bank in 2019. Mr. Borrecco also served on the
Board of Directors for Rabobank, NA from November 2014 through August 2019.
Prior to his CEO role he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Retail
Banking Officer for Rabobank, NA from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Borrecco had served on
the Pacific Coast Banking School Board and the Greater Sacramento Economic
Council and chaired the Food and Ag Innovation Committee. Mr. Borrecco has a
Bachelor of Science in Economics from California State University.
In connection with the appointment, the Company and Mr. Borrecco entered into an
agreement on February 6, 2020, (the "Agreement"). A brief description of the
terms and conditions of the Agreement is set forth below. Unless defined herein,
capitalized terms have the meaning given them in the Agreement, a copy of which
is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated
herein by this reference. The following description of the Agreement is
qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement.
The Agreement is for an unspecified duration and constitutes "at will"
employment. Mr. Borrecco will be paid a base salary of $700,000 per year, ("Base
Salary"). The Base Salary will be reviewed at least annually and may be
increased at any time for any reason by the Compensation Committee of the Board,
Beginning with the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, Mr. Borrecco will be
entitled to receive an annual cash incentive bonus ("Bonus") which Bonus will
range from zero percent (0%) to two hundred percent (200%) of each his target
Bonus opportunity based on actual performance against performance metrics
established by the Compensation Committee. Mr. Borrecco's target Bonus
opportunity will be eighty-five percent (85%) of his Base Salary. Mr. Borrecco's
Bonus for fiscal year ended 2020 will be prorated based on upon his Employment
Commencement Date. Thereafter, the Compensation Committee of the Board, as
applicable, may establish different performance metrics for future fiscal years.
Consistent with the Agreement, Mr. Borrecco will be granted an annual long-term
incentive compensation award ("LTI Award") for fiscal year 2020, fifty percent
(50%) in the form of time-based restricted stock units, which vest in three
equal annual installments and fifty percent (50%) in the form of
performance-based restricted stock units which vest based on performance over a
three (3)-year performance period. Mr. Borrecco's LTI Award will have an initial
value of $800,000. For any fiscal year ending during Mr. Borrecco's employment
following the 2020 fiscal year, Mr. Borrecco will be eligible to receive an LTI
Award in form and amount determined in the sole discretion of the Compensation
Committee of the Board, as applicable. LTI Awards, including the LTI Award for
the 2020 fiscal year, will be subject to the terms of the Company equity plan
under which it is granted and to the terms of any applicable award agreement.
Within thirty days of the commencement of his employment date, Mr. Borrecco will
be granted an additional one-time long-term incentive award with a value of
$700,000. Fifty percent (50%) of the award will be in the form of time-based
restricted stock units which will vest in two equal annual installments on each
of the first two anniversaries of the grant date. The other fifty percent (50%)
will be in the form of performance-based restricted stock units which will vest
on the same dates and on the same performance metrics that were issued to the
Company's executive officers on November 29, 2019.
The Agreement provides that if Mr. Borrecco is terminated for Cause, he is
entitled to receive amounts earned during the term of employment. Such amounts
include unpaid Base Salary through the date of termination; accrued but unused
paid time off ("PTO") and reimbursements of properly submitted business
The Agreement also provides that in the event of death, disability or
retirement, Mr. Borrecco will be entitled to receive unpaid Base Salary through
the date of termination; accrued but unused paid time off; reimbursements of
properly submitted business expenses and Earned Bonus and Prorated Bonus as
defined in the Agreement. Such payments will be made no later than 60
days following the termination date. In the case of termination due to permanent
disability, the Company will continue to pay 100% of Mr. Borrecco's then-current
base salary for a period of 90 days following such termination. In the case of
death, Mr. Borrecco will immediately vest in all outstanding awards under the
Company's incentive plans. In the case of disability or retirement, outstanding
LTI Awards will continue vesting on the vesting date(s) specified in the
applicable award agreement, as if employment had not terminated and subject to
continued compliance with the restrictive covenants within the Agreement.
The Agreement further provides that in the event of termination without Cause or
for Good Reason, he is entitled to the payment of the following amounts:
•the payment of unpaid base salary; accrued but unused paid time off;
reimbursements of business expenses will be made within 30 days of termination;
and all other accrued and vested benefits;
•the payment of Earned Bonus and Prorated Bonus will be made at the time that
such bonus would have otherwise been paid had employment not been terminated;
•the cash severance payment equal to two times current salary and current target
STI Plan bonus opportunity will be paid in 52 equal biweekly payments following
termination date, and such payments to be made in accordance with the Company's
payroll practices; and
•the continued vesting of outstanding awards under the LTI Plan and the
performance stock awards will vest on the date(s) specified in the applicable
award agreement, as if employment had not terminated and subject to continued
compliance with the restrictive covenants within the Agreement.
In the event of termination without Cause or for Good Reason within 24 months of
a change-in-control, such Mr. Borrecco shall be entitled to the same payments
and items described above under "Payment Obligations for Termination Without
Cause or for Good Reason" and will be paid on a date that is no later than 60
days following the termination date. Additionally:
•the severance payment will be paid in a lump-sum (instead of in installments)
and equal to two times the sum of current base salary plus current target STI
Plan bonus opportunity; and
•in lieu of the continuation of benefits under the Company's group health
insurance, vision and dental plans, a lump-sum cash payment will be paid equal
to 24 times the monthly COBRA costs of continued health and medical coverage for
Mr. Borrecco, and, as applicable, covered spouse and/or dependents at the level
provided immediately prior to termination, with such payment grossed up for
The Agreement contains certain restrictive covenants prohibiting Mr. Borrecco
from competing against the Company and the Bank or soliciting the Company's or
the Bank's customers for a period of time following termination of employment,
all as more particularly set forth in the Agreement.
With the appointment of Mr. Borrecco, the Company's Board approved a one-time
grant of restricted shares with a value of $500,000 to Peter Chapman, the
Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. This award vests
on the second anniversary of the grant and is intended to incentivize Mr.
Chapman for his services, contributions and the leadership he provides.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On February 11, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the
appointment of Mr. Borrecco as President and Chief Executive Officer and
transition of Ken Karels to a Special Advisor role. A copy of the press release
is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No. Description
10.1 Employment Agreement by and between Great Western Bancorp., Inc., and Mark
Borrecco, dated February 6, 2020
99.1 Press release dated February 11, 2020
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