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): December 27, 2018


  Akorn, Inc.  

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)





(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number) (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


1925 W. Field Court, Suite 300, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


(847) 279-6100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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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.


As previously disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Akorn, Inc. (the “Company”) on December 7, 2018 (the “Announcement 8-K”), Raj Rai will be retiring as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.


In connection with Mr. Rai’s retirement, the Company and Mr. Rai entered into a letter agreement to provide for certain terms of his separation (the “Letter Agreement”). Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, Mr. Rai’s retirement is effective at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018. Mr. Rai will serve in an advisory role to the Company and will be reasonably available to the Company’s Board of Directors and management team to provide transition, consulting and litigation related support from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 pursuant to a separate agreement, which Mr. Rai and the Company have agreed to endeavor to enter into at a later date.


In consideration of Mr. Rai’s agreeing to provide consulting services, Mr. Rai’s unvested restricted stock units will immediately vest on December 31, 2018. Further, consistent with the agreement between the parties disclosed in the Announcement 8-K, the Letter Agreement provides that Mr. Rai will be entitled to severance benefits under Mr. Rai’s Employment Agreement with the Company, entered into on April 11, 2014 (the “Employment Agreement”), as though Mr. Rai resigned for “good reason” consisting of a lump-sum cash payment equal to his total eligible bonus, a lump-sum cash payment equal to one year of base annual compensation and total eligible annual bonus and one year of continued life and health insurance coverage. The Letter Agreement provides that the Company will provide Mr. Rai an additional year of life and health insurance coverage through December 31, 2020. The parties also agreed to modify the Employment Agreement to provide that in the event the Company enters into an agreement on or before December 31, 2019 that would result in a “change in control” (as that term is defined in the Employment Agreement) and such change in control occurs on or before December 31, 2020, Mr. Rai would be entitled to receive a severance payment equal to two-times the sum of his base annual compensation in effect in December 2018 and his total eligible annual bonus for 2018 and would be eligible to receive payment of life and health insurance coverage for a period of 24 months following the change in control. Except as described above, all other applicable terms of the Employment Agreement will remain in full force and effect.


The Company thanks Raj for his contributions and the work he has done to lead Akorn over nearly a decade.


The foregoing description of the Letter Agreement is qualified in its entirety by the text of the Letter Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 5.07Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.


The Company held its 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on December 27, 2018.  The voting results on the proposals considered at the Annual Meeting are provided below.


Proposal 1: Each of the nominees described in the Company’s 2018 proxy statement was elected to serve as a director until the conclusion of the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of shareholders or until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified, with the voting results as follows:


  For   Withheld Broker
Alan Weinstein 74,704,617   23,104,837 0  
Kenneth Abramowitz 74,657,346   23,152,108 0  
Adrienne Graves 78,031,748   19,777,706 0  
Ronald Johnson 73,808,092   24,001,362 0  
Steven Meyer 58,536,528   39,272,926 0  
Terry Allison Rappuhn 58,538,301   39,271,153 0  
Brian Tambi 94,420,133   3,389,321 0  





Proposal 2: The Company’s appointment of BDO USA LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018 was ratified, with the voting results as follows:


For Against Abstentions Broker
106,817,087 307,927 3,652,013 0


Proposal 3: The Company’s executive compensation program described in its 2018 proxy statement was approved on a non-binding advisory basis, with the voting results as follows:


For Against Abstentions Broker
91,488,529 2,662,858 3,658,067 12,967,573


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits:


Exhibit No.    Description of Exhibit
10.1 Letter Agreement dated December 27, 2018 between Raj Rai and Akorn, Inc.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    Akorn, Inc.  
    By: /s/ Duane Portwood  
      Duane Portwood  
      Chief Financial Officer  
Date:   December 28, 2018