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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 4, 2017
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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
Termination of Dr. Colin Hislop
On October 6, 2017, Versartis, Inc. (the Company ) notified Chief Development Officer, Colin Hislop, M.D., that he would be terminated effective October 20, 2017. Dr. Hislop will receive as a severance benefit a lump sum payment in the aggregate amount of $206,339, which includes $175,000 representing 5 months of base salary and $31,339 representing 5 months of continued welfare benefits.
Retention Cash Bonus
On October 4, 2017, the Board of Directors (the Board ) of the Company approved a cash retention bonus for certain of the Companys employees, including its Chief Executive Officer, Jay P. Shepard, and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Joshua T. Brumm, pursuant to which employees will receive a bonus equal to 6 months salary payable after 12 months, conditioned on the employees continuing employment on such date. Mr. Shepard will receive a cash bonus of $270,000, and Mr. Brumm will receive a cash retention bonus of $214,000, both payable after 12 months subject to their continuing employment as of such date.
Severance Benefit Plan
Also on October 4, 2017, the Board approved a new severance benefit plan for certain of the Companys employees, including Messrs. Shepard and Brumm (the Severance Benefit Plan ). Pursuant to the Severance Benefit Plan, if Mr. Shepard is involuntarily terminated without Cause (as defined in the Severance Benefit Plan) prior to October 5, 2018, then, upon execution of a general waiver and release, he will be entitled to a lump sum in the amount of 18 months of his then-effective base salary plus a lump sum equal to 140% of his monthly insurance premium in effect in September 2017 multiplied by 18 months. Similarly, if Mr. Brumm is involuntarily terminated without Cause prior to October 5, 2018, then, upon execution of a general waiver and release, he will be entitled to a lump sum in the amount of 12 months of his then-effective base salary plus a lump sum cash payment equal to 140% of his monthly insurance premium in effect in September 2017 multiplied by 12 months. The Severance Benefit Plan supersedes any and all previously announced or maintained severance plans, except for the Companys Change in Control Severance Benefit Plan, which remains in full force and effect.
The foregoing summary of the Severance Benefit Plan does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to full text of the Severance Benefit Plan, a copy of which will be filed with the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2017.
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.
V ERSARTIS , I NC .
Dated: October 11, 2017
/s/ Shane Ward
Senior Vice President and General Counsel