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):
January 20, 2021
LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
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incorporation or organization)
1465 North Scottsdale Road Suite 400
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(Address, including zip code, of principal executive offices)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
(c) On January 20, 2021, Limelight Networks, Inc. (“Limelight”) announced that Bob Lyons, previously CEO at Alert Logic, has been named President and CEO and will join Limelight and the Board of Directors effective February 1, 2021. Bob Lento, President, CEO, and Director since 2012, is retiring.
Mr. Lyons joins Limelight as President and CEO and brings a 25-year track record of successfully unlocking enterprise value through strategic revitalization, improved profitability, and growth. Mr. Lyons is an accomplished executive with extensive experience building and executing value creation strategies across various industry segments including telecommunications, tech, healthcare, financial services, computing, and software. Prior to joining Limelight, from 2018 to 2021, Mr. Lyons was most recently CEO of Alert Logic, a global leader in cybersecurity, specifically in managed threat detection and response. There, he led the company through a multi-year strategic reposition that resulted in becoming a global leader in cybersecurity, specifically in managed threat detection and response. Prior to Alert Logic, from 2014 to 2018, Mr. Lyons held executive positions, including President, at Connexions Loyalty/Affinion Group, a leader in customer engagement and loyalty solutions. Mr. Lyons has also previously held executive positions at Ascend Learning, Stream Global Services, Avaya, Convergys, and United Health Care. Mr. Lyons earned his master’s degree in management and technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a bachelors’ degree in business management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Limelight entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Lyons (the “Agreement”). The Agreement provides that Mr. Lyons will commence performance of duties on February 1, 2021 (the “Effective Date”). Mr. Lyons will receive a base salary of $550,000 and he is eligible to receive a target annual cash incentive bonus of $550,000 for calendar year 2021, which shall be prorated for the portion of calendar year 2021 during which Mr. Lyons is employed with Limelight. The actual earned annual cash incentive, if any, will be payable upon the achievement of performance goals established or approved by the Board or by the Compensation Committee (“Committee”) of the Board.
Limelight shall also pay Mr. Lyons a one-time signing bonus of $450,000, less applicable withholdings (the “Signing Bonus”). 50% of the Signing Bonus will be payable on the Effective Date and 50% on the six-month anniversary of the Effective Date, provided Mr. Lyons continues to be the CEO through each such date. All amounts paid to Mr. Lyons pursuant to this Signing Bonus shall be deemed a recoverable draw to be paid back to Limelight, if Executive’s employment as CEO is terminated by Limelight for Cause or by Mr. Lyons without Good Reason prior to the one-year anniversary of the Effective Date.
Subject to Committee approval, on the grant date(s) set by the Committee, Limelight will issue to Mr. Lyons $4,000,000 worth of equity awards in the form of Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) and an option to purchase shares of Limelight’s common stock (“Options”) pursuant to our Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). These awards will be issued on the second trading day following the opening of Limelight’s trading window for executive officers following the dissemination of Limelight’s fourth quarter 2020 earnings announcement. The initial equity award will be split in value between RSUs and Options, with 40% of the value represented by RSUs and 60% represented by Options. One-third (1/3) of the RSUs will vest on March 1, 2022, and the remaining two-thirds (2/3) will vest in equal quarterly installments thereafter for two additional years, provided Mr. Lyons continues to be a Service Provider through each such vesting date. One-third (1/3) of the Options will vest on the first anniversary of the Effective Date, and the remaining two-thirds (2/3) will vest in 24 equal monthly installments, beginning one month after the first anniversary of the Effective Date, provided Mr. Lyons continues to be a Service Provider through each such vesting date.
In the event that Mr. Lyons’ employment is terminated by Limelight without Cause or if Mr. Lyons terminates voluntarily for Good Reason, and the termination is not in Connection with a Change of Control, as each such term is defined in the Agreement, Mr. Lyons will receive continued payment of his base salary for the year in which the termination occurs for 12 months, the actual earned cash incentive, if any, payable to Mr. Lyons for the year in which the termination occurs, pro-rated to the date of termination, and reimbursement for premiums paid for
continued health benefits under Limelight’s health plan until the earlier of 12 months or the date upon which Mr. Lyons and his eligible dependents become covered under similar plans.
In the event that Limelight consummates a Change of Control transaction, defined as the consummation of a merger or consolidation or the approval of a plan of complete liquidation or for the sale or disposition of all or substantially all of Limelight’s assets, 50% of Mr. Lyons’ then outstanding unvested equity awards will vest immediately.
In the event that Mr. Lyons’ employment is terminated by Limelight without Cause or if Mr. Lyons terminates voluntarily for Good Reason, and the termination is in connection with the Change of Control, as each such term is defined in the Agreement, Mr. Lyons will receive continued payment of his base salary for the year in which the termination occurs for 12 months, payment in an amount equal to 100% of Mr. Lyons’ Target Annual Incentive for the year in which the termination occurs, 100% of Mr. Lyons’ then outstanding unvested equity awards will vest, and Mr. Lyons will receive reimbursement for premiums paid for continued health benefits under Limelight’s health plans until the earlier of 12 months or the date upon which Mr. Lyons and his eligible dependents become covered under similar plans.
In the event that Mr. Lyons’ employment is terminated due to death or Disability, 25% of Mr. Lyons’ then unvested equity awards shall vest.
In connection with his service as CEO, Mr. Lyons will establish a residence in the greater Phoenix area.
Additionally, Limelight and Mr. Lento entered into a transition agreement and employment agreement amendment (the “Transition Agreement”). Under the terms of the Transition Agreement, Mr. Lento will remain with Limelight as a strategic advisor to the CEO until December 31, 2021 (the “Separation Date”). Effective February 1, 2021, Mr. Lento’s base will be reduced to $22,727.27 per month. Mr. Lento’s current outstanding equity awards will continue to vest through the Separation Date.
The foregoing descriptions of the Employment Agreement and the Transition Agreement are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Employment Agreement and Transition Agreement, respectively.
On January 20, 2021, Limelight issued a press release regarding these leadership transitions. The press release is filed with this report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
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.
|LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.|
|Dated: January 20, 2021||By:||/s/ Michael DiSanto|
Chief Administrative and Legal Officer & Secretary
Limelight Networks, Inc. Appoints Seasoned Growth Executive Bob Lyons as New CEO
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., January 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Limelight Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) and its Board of Directors announced today that Bob Lyons, previously CEO at Alert Logic, has been named President and CEO and will join the company and the board of directors effective February 1, 2021. Bob Lento, President, CEO and Director since 2012, is retiring.
Lyons is a proven technology executive with an extraordinary track record of successfully scaling businesses and creating enterprise value through strategic revitalization, improved profitability, and revenue growth. At Alert Logic, he led the company through a multi-year strategic reposition that resulted in becoming a global leader in cybersecurity, specifically in managed threat detection and response. Prior to Alert Logic, Lyons held executive positions at Connexions Loyalty/Affinion Group, Ascend Learning, and Stream Global Services.
“We are excited to welcome Bob Lyons as we believe he is uniquely qualified to lead Limelight into its next phase of accelerated growth, profitability, and innovation. His passion for the customer and demonstrated track record of building high performing, innovative organizations aligns very well with our strategic objective to build on our current strengths and become a leader in delivering edge-based solutions." said Walt Amaral, Chair of the Limelight Networks Board of Directors. “We are grateful for Bob Lento’s leadership and the many heights reached during his tenure. His success in rebuilding the company, outstanding customer relationships, and creating a dynamic, high-performance culture are some of his most notable accomplishments,” continued Amaral.
"It has been a great privilege to lead Limelight and be a part of this amazing company for eight years. I am enormously proud of what we accomplished and believe Bob Lyons is an excellent choice to lead Limelight in its next phase. He is a seasoned leader with deep experience in scaling technology businesses and creating shareholder value. Most important, his core values strongly align with the Limelight culture to allow for a smooth transition and ability to quickly have an impact,” said Lento.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to join Limelight at a time of unprecedented opportunity. The digital transformation is creating new challenges and big opportunities alike. Limelight’s ability to leverage content, compute, and cybersecurity capabilities at the edge enables us to create a distinctive digital experience and we are uniquely qualified to deliver strategic edge business solutions. I look forward to expanding on Limelight’s strong CDN heritage to build an edge-based solutions company that accelerates growth and profitability," said Lyons.
Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW), a leading provider of digital content delivery and edge services, empowers customers to provide exceptional digital experiences. Limelight’s edge services platform includes a unique combination of global private infrastructure, intelligent software, and expert support services optimized for video workflows. For more information, visit www.limelight.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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Source: Limelight Networks, Inc.