ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. FILES (8-K) Disclosing Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Other Events, Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Certain Officer; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain
As previously reported in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 7, 2022, Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. ("Argo Group," the "Company" or "our")
was notified on March 2, 2022 that Kevin J. Rehnberg, its Chief Executive
Officer, would be temporarily unable to perform his duties for health reasons.
On June 23, 2022, the Company and Mr. Rehnberg agreed that Mr. Rehnberg's
employment relationship with Argo Group will cease effective June 23, 2022 (the
"Separation Date"). In addition, as of the Separation Date, Mr. Rehnberg will
cease serving on the Company's Board of Directors. The Company and Mr. Rehnberg
have entered into a Separation and Release Agreement, dated June 23, 2022 (the
"Separation Agreement") in full satisfaction of the Company's obligations to Mr.
Rehnberg under the Employment Agreement between the Company and Mr. Rehnberg
dated February 18, 2020. Under the Separation Agreement, in exchange for his
release of claims against the Argo Group, Mr. Rehnberg will receive (i) an
amount equal to $6 million and (ii) Company-paid coverage for 18 months under
our medical or dental program or policy in which Mr. Rehnberg was eligible to
participate as of the Separation Date. In addition, all unvested equity awards
held by Mr. Rehnberg will be immediately terminated and forfeited as of the
Separation Date. Under the Separation Agreement, Mr. Rehnberg will be subject to
certain restrictive covenants, including a non-compete, customer
non-solicitation and employee non-hire/non-solicitation, in each case, for one
(1) year after the Separation Date.
The foregoing description of the Separation Agreement does not purport to be
complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the
Separation Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1, which
is incorporated herein by reference.
Also as previously reported in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 7,
2022, the Company announced the appointment of Thomas A. Bradley as the acting
Chief Executive Officer effective as of March 3, 2022. Effective as of June 23,
2022, our Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Bradley as our Chief Executive
Officer. Mr. Bradley, age 65, has been the Interim Chief Executive Officer since March 3, 2022, when Mr. Rehnberg took a leave of absence. Mr. Bradley has served
on our Board of Directors since August 5, 2018, and as Chairman since April 16,
2020. Mr. Bradley previously served on our Audit Committee and Human Resources
Committee, although he ceased to serve as a member of such committees upon his
appointment to acting Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Argo Group, Mr.
Bradley served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, a global provider of insurance and
reinsurance solutions, from 2012 until his retirement in 2017. Prior to that,
Mr. Bradley served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
for two other public companies, Fair Isaac Corporation and the St. Paul
Companies. He also held senior financial and operational positions at Zurich
Insurance Group, including Chief Financial Officer for North America and Chief
Executive Officer of the Universal Underwriters Group (now Zurich Direct
Markets). Mr. Bradley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from
the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
In considering the appointment of Mr. Bradley as our Chief Executive Officer,
our Board of Directors considered his strong leadership and demonstrated track
record as an executive and leader of companies listed on the New York Stock
Exchange, as well as his extensive accounting, internal control, and audit
functions. Mr. Bradley became a Director of Horace Mann Educators Corporation on November 5, 2021. He has held no other public directorships during the last five
(5) years. There is no family relationship between Mr. Bradley and any of the
Company's other officers or directors. Further, there are no transactions since
the beginning of the Company's last fiscal year, or any currently proposed
transaction, in which the Company is a participant, the amount involved exceeds $120,000, and in which Mr. Bradley had, or will have, a direct or indirect
In connection with Mr. Bradley's appointment as our Chief Executive Officer, on June 23, 2022, our Board of Directors granted to Mr. Bradley under the Company's
2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan an award of (i) 78,760 shares of restricted stock
(the "Restricted Stock Award") that vests ratably on a monthly basis over a
twelve month period beginning as of March 3, 2022, subject to Mr. Bradley's
continued employment as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and (ii) 135,000
stock appreciation rights with an exercise price of $43.80 which is equal to
115% of the closing price of a share of the Company's common stock on the date
prior to the grant (the "SAR Award"). The SAR Award will vest ratably in
one-third equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the
grant date, subject to Mr. Bradley's continued employment as the Company's Chief
The foregoing descriptions of the Restricted Stock Award and the SAR Award do
not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to
the full text of the Restricted Stock Award Agreement and the Stock Appreciation
Right Agreement, the copies of which are attached hereto as Exhibit 10.2 and
10.3, respectively, and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On June 23, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Rehnberg's
departure and Mr. Bradley's appointment as Chief Executive Officer upon Mr.
Rehnberg's departure. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
10.1 Separation and Release Agreement by and between Kevin J. Rehnberg and
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. dated June 23, 2022.
10.2 Restricted Stock Award Agreement dated June 23, 2022, by and between
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. and Thomas A. Bradley.
10.3 Stock Appreciation Right Agreement dated June 23, 2022, by and between
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. and Thomas A. Bradley.
99.1 Press Release issued by Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. dated
June 23, 2022.
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