SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
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Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 9, 2009
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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 June 9, 2009, the Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (the Company) approved the appointment of Timothy R. Morse, age 40, to serve as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective July 1, 2009. Mr. Morse will commence employment with the Company on June 17, 2009.
The terms of Mr. Morses employment are set forth in the Companys offer letter to Mr. Morse dated June 11, 2009 (the Offer Letter). Mr. Morse will be employed by the Company on an at-will basis. He will receive a base salary at an annual rate of $500,000, subject to annual review, and will be eligible to participate in the Companys Executive Incentive Plan, with a target bonus of 100% of his base salary. Under the Executive Incentive Plan, the actual amount of the bonus will be based 70% on Company performance and 30% on individual performance for the relevant year. Mr. Morse will be entitled to participate in the Companys benefit programs generally available to senior executives of the Company, including the Companys Change in Control Severance Plans, health insurance, life and disability insurance, the Employee Stock Purchase Plan, 401(k) Plan, and a Flexible Spending Plan.
Management will recommend that the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the Compensation Committee) approve the following grants to Mr. Morse at its next regularly scheduled meeting to approve equity grants to newly-hired employees following Mr. Morses start date (the Grant Date):
An option to purchase 400,000 shares of the Companys common stock at a per-share exercise price equal to the closing price of the common stock on the Grant Date, such option to vest with respect to 25% of the shares subject to the option on the first anniversary of Mr. Morses start date and with respect to the remaining 75% of the shares subject to the option in six equal semi-annual installments over the three-year period thereafter, contingent upon his continued employment through each vesting date, such that the option will be fully vested at the end of four years following his start date; and
An award of 150,000 restricted stock units (RSUs), such units to vest on the third anniversary of the Grant Date, subject to Mr. Morses continued employment through such date, and to be payable upon vesting in shares of the Companys common stock on a one-for-one basis. In the event that Mr. Morses employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause (as defined in the Offer Letter) during the first twelve months after Mr. Morses start date, then 50,000 RSUs will vest (and the balance shall terminate) as of the date of Mr. Morses termination of employment. If Mr. Morses employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause after the first anniversary of Mr. Morses start date but prior to the third anniversary of the Grant Date, then Mr. Morse will receive accelerated vesting of 4,166.66 RSUs for each full month worked at the Company after the Grant Date (and the balance shall terminate) as of the date of Mr. Morses termination of employment. The RSUs, as well as the stock option grant referred to above, are subject to accelerated vesting in certain circumstances following a change in control of the Company as set forth in the Companys standard forms of Executive Incentive Stock Option Award Agreement and Executive Incentive Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement, copies of which have previously been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In addition, to compensate Mr. Morse for the forfeiture of certain benefits from his previous employer, Mr. Morse will receive a cash sign-on bonus of $500,000. This bonus will be subject to repayment by Mr. Morse in the event of Mr. Morses voluntary termination or termination by the Company with Cause in the first year of Mr. Morses employment.
Since January 2007, Mr. Morse has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Altera Corporation. Prior to joining Altera, Mr. Morse held a number of finance and business development positions at the General Electric Company, including Finance Director for GE Plastics Europe from 2003 until July 2005, and from July 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Business Development for GE Plastics, a global manufacturer of engineering thermoplastics with $6.6 billion in revenue and 11,000 employees worldwide.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Morse and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure.|
On June 11, 2009, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Morses appointment as Chief Financial Officer. A copy of the Companys press release is furnished with this Form 8-K and attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference to any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
|Yahoo! Inc. Press Release dated June 11, 2009|
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, thereunto duly authorized.
|By:||/s/ Michael J. Callahan|
Date: June 11, 2009
|Michael J. Callahan|
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
|99.1||Yahoo! Inc. Press Release dated June 11, 2009|
Exhibit 99.1 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Morse Appointed Chief Financial Officer of Yahoo!
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 11, 2009 Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Tim Morse as chief financial officer. Reporting directly to Carol Bartz, the chief executive officer of Yahoo!, Morse will be responsible for the companys finance, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions groups. He will commence employment on June 17, 2009 and will assume the responsibilities of CFO on July 1, 2009.
Tim has a proven ability to translate strategy into structure, process, and execution, and I am delighted that he will be joining my leadership team to help drive Yahoo!s growth, said Bartz. With his passion for operational finance, global experience, and expertise simplifying complex organizations and managing growth, Tim is a natural fit for Yahoo!.
Morse has financial experience in both large and small organizations, managing in complex, fast-paced environments and establishing scalable, cost-effective processes and controls. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was the CFO of Altera Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in programmable logic devices for communications, industrial, and consumer applications. Morse previously served as the CFO and general manager of business development for General Electric Plastics. A 15 year veteran of GE, he also held a variety of positions at GE Plastics, GE Appliances and GE Capital in North America, Europe and Asia.
Yahoo! is an amazing brand with a unique combination of assets, and I am extremely excited to be joining a finance team with a deep commitment to financial excellence and fiscal discipline, said Morse. I look forward to working with the entire leadership team to continue to focus on driving results and creating value for our shareholders.
Morse holds a bachelors degree in finance and operations and strategic management from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com .
Kim Rubey, 408-349-8910 (Media Relations)
Cathy La Rocca, 408-349-5188 (Investor Relations)