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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 28, 2022 (June 22, 2022)

 

 

Nasdaq, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-38855   52-1165937

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

151 W. 42nd Street,

New York, New York

  10036
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: +1 212 401 8700

No change since last report

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share   NDAQ   The Nasdaq Stock Market
0.900% Senior Notes due 2033   NDAQ33   The Nasdaq Stock Market
0.875% Senior Notes due 2030   NDAQ30   The Nasdaq Stock Market
1.75% Senior Notes due 2029   NDAQ29   The Nasdaq Stock Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 


Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Employment Agreement with Bradley J. Peterson

On June 22, 2022, Nasdaq, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an employment agreement with Bradley J. Peterson, the Company’s Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer (the “Employment Agreement”). The term of the Employment Agreement is June 22, 2022 through December 31, 2025 (the “Term”). The Employment Agreement replaces Mr. Peterson’s existing employment agreement with the Company, which was due to expire on December 31, 2023.

Mr. Peterson’s annual base salary during the Term shall be no less than $650,000, which shall be reviewed by the Management Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors at least annually and may be increased but not decreased. In addition, for each calendar year during the Term, Mr. Peterson will continue to be eligible to participate in the Company’s executive incentive program in accordance with the terms of such program, as established from time to time by the Compensation Committee. Mr. Peterson will be eligible to earn, for each full calendar year of the Term, an annual target bonus of not less than $975,000, based on the achievement of performance goals established for such year by the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and the Compensation Committee. The President and Chief Executive Officer and the Compensation Committee shall review the target bonus at least annually and may increase (but not decrease) the target bonus on the basis of such review. The target bonus amount for each year during the Term shall not be less than the target bonus amount for the immediately preceding year. Additionally, Mr. Peterson will be eligible to receive annual equity compensation incentive awards with a target value of not less than $2.5 million. During the Term, Mr. Peterson will be entitled to continue to participate in all employee benefit plans or programs of the Company on the same basis as benefits are generally made available to its senior executive employees.

Upon a termination of Mr. Peterson’s employment by the Company without “Cause” (as defined in the Employment Agreement), by Mr. Peterson for “Good Reason” (as defined in the Employment Agreement) other than due to a “Change in Control” (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or upon Mr. Peterson’s retirement at the end of the Term, Mr. Peterson will be entitled to severance pay and benefits as follows: (i) a pro-rata target bonus with respect to the calendar year in which the date of termination occurs, payable in substantially equal monthly installments for the twelve (12) month period following the date of termination; (ii) the continued vesting of outstanding equity compensation issued prior to the date of termination as though Mr. Peterson was employed through all applicable performance periods; (iii) $40,000 to offset the cost of premiums associated with Mr. Peterson’s post-retirement health benefits, payable in a lump sum within sixty (60) days of the date of termination; and (iv) twenty-four (24) months of financial and tax services and executive physical exams.

Upon a termination of Mr. Peterson’s employment by the Company without “Cause” or by Mr. Peterson for “Good Reason” in the twenty-four (24) month period following a “Change in Control,” he will be entitled to receive: (i) a lump sum payment equal to the sum of (a) two times his annual base salary for the calendar year immediately preceding the date of termination and (b) his target bonus amount for the calendar year immediately preceding the date of termination, payable on the first day of the seventh (7th) month following the date of termination; (ii) a pro-rata target bonus with respect to the calendar year in which the date of termination occurs, subject to the achievement of the performance goals and payable in a lump sum on the first day of the seventh (7th) month following the date of termination (or, if later, within thirty (30) days of the date the Compensation Committee determines that performance goals are satisfied); (iii) a taxable monthly cash payment equal to the COBRA premiums for the highest level of coverage available under the Company’s health care coverage at active employee rates for twenty-four (24) months (or, if earlier, until the date Mr. Peterson is eligible for coverage from another employer); and (iv) continued life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits for the same period as the continued health coverage payments.

Upon a termination of Mr. Peterson’s employment due to death or “Permanent Disability” (as defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. Peterson (or his estate, if applicable) will receive (i) a pro-rata target bonus with respect to the calendar year in which the death or Permanent Disability occurred, payable in a lump sum within thirty (30) days following the effective date of the release of claims and (ii) the accelerated vesting of all unvested equity awards awarded to Mr. Peterson as of June 22, 2022.


All severance payments and benefits under the Employment Agreement are subject to the execution of a release agreement by Mr. Peterson containing, among other provisions, a general release of claims in favor of the Company. The Employment Agreement does not provide for any tax gross-up payments. The Employment Agreement also includes a non-competition provision for a period of two years following the date of termination, regardless of the reason for the termination of employment, as well as customary provisions regarding non-solicitation and non-disparagement.

The foregoing summary of the material terms of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which will be subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Item 5.07.

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On June 22, 2022, the Company held its 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and the Company’s shareholders took the following actions: (i) elected each of the Company’s ten nominees for director to serve until the 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and their successors are duly elected and qualified, (ii) approved the Company’s executive compensation on an advisory basis, (iii) ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022, (iv) approved an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”) to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock in order to effect a 3-for-1 forward stock split in the form of a stock dividend and (v) did not approve the shareholder proposal entitled “Special Shareholder Meeting Improvement.”

The table below shows the voting results, which exclude excess shares that were ineligible to vote as a result of the 5% voting limitation in the Company’s Charter.

 

     FOR      AGAINST      ABSTAIN      BROKER
NON-VOTES
 

Proposal 1: Election of Directors

           

Melissa M. Arnoldi

     101,587,321        287,609        31,169        6,938,506  

Charlene T. Begley

     101,372,962        500,431        32,706        6,938,506  

Steven D. Black

     101,013,835        847,887        44,377        6,938,506  

Adena T. Friedman

     101,508,902        374,170        23,027        6,938,506  

Essa Kazim

     101,333,541        511,887        60,671        6,938,506  

Thomas A. Kloet

     101,217,918        642,031        46,150        6,938,506  

John D. Rainey

     101,593,628        268,873        43,598        6,938,506  

Michael R. Splinter

     99,713,448        2,132,496        60,155        6,938,506  

Toni Townes-Whitley

     99,741,575        2,132,355        32,169        6,938,506  

Alfred W. Zollar

     100,966,084        894,867        45,148        6,938,506  

Proposal 2: Approval of the Company’s Executive Compensation on an Advisory Basis

     97,718,823        4,114,435        72,841        6,938,506  


                                                             

Proposal 3: Ratification of the Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2022

   100,635,603    8,176,389    32,613    —  

Proposal 4: Approve an Amendment to Nasdaq’s Charter to Increase the Total Number of Authorized Shares of Common Stock to Effect a Proposed 3-for-1 Stock Split

   101,549,373    335,906    20,820    6,938,506

Proposal 5: Shareholder Proposal – “Special Shareholder Meeting Improvement”

   31,695,545    70,134,753    75,801    6,938,506


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: June 28, 2022     NASDAQ, INC.
    By:  

/s/ John A. Zecca

    Name:   John A. Zecca
    Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
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