Cypress Announces Settlement Agreement with T.J. Rodgers | Cypress Semiconductor
Cypress Announces Settlement Agreement with T.J. Rodgers
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 5, 2017 – Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (“Cypress”) (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that it has reached a cooperation and settlement agreement with former CEO T.J. Rodgers. The settlement was negotiated on behalf of Cypress by Steve Albrecht, Chairman of the Board, Hassane El-Khoury, President and CEO and Dan McCranie, who was elected to the Cypress Board of Directors at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in June 2017.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cypress and Rodgers have entered into a standstill and mutual non-disparagement agreement through the earlier of (i) May 31, 2019 and (ii) the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Meeting, so long as Dan McCranie and Camillo Martino (“the Rodgers Nominees”) are nominated by the Cypress Board for election at the 2018 and 2019 Annual Meetings. Cypress’ Board is obligated to nominate McCranie and Martino for re-election at the 2018 and 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders unless the Board unanimously (other than the Rodgers Nominees) determines in good faith that nominating either or both of the Rodgers Nominees would be detrimental to the Company. Rodgers has also agreed to terminate all existing ligation against Cypress brought in connection with the contested election at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Cypress has agreed to reimburse Rodgers for expenses of up to $3.5 million, in connection with the 2017 proxy contest.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with T.J. Rodgers, which is a very positive and beneficial outcome for both the Company and our stockholders,” said Steve Albrecht. “This allows Hassane and the management team to focus all of their attention on accelerating the execution of our Cypress 3.0 strategy and working closely with customers to solve the problems they care about. The Cypress Board of Directors, including our newest members, Dan McCranie and Camillo Martino, are committed to providing the support and guidance to Cypress management for this next exciting phase of our company.”
“I firmly believe this agreement is in the best interest of all Cypress stakeholders, including stockholders and employees,” said T.J. Rodgers. “I fully support the Cypress Board and management team’s continuing efforts to drive Cypress forward and I am excited to see what the next few years bring.”
The agreement between Cypress and Rodgers will be filed on a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be accessed at www.sec.gov.
Cypress is a leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world's most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress' programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with support and engineering resources that enable innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories. To learn more, go to https://www.cypress.com.
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