Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   April 26, 2017

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-15943 06-1397316
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
251 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, Massachusetts   01887
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   781-222-6000

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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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.

(c) On April 26, 2017, Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (the "Company") announced the appointment of Michael G. Knell to the role of Corporate Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Knell will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to the finance groups, including directing the corporate accounting and tax functions and practices, maintaining the Company’s fiscal records and preparing its financial reports. He will also oversee the design and operation of the Company’s system of internal controls, ensuring compliance with the rules and regulations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The appointment of Mr. Knell as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Company was not made pursuant to any arrangement or understanding between him and any other person.

Immediately prior to joining the Company, Mr. Knell, age 40, served as Vice President of Finance & Chief Accounting Officer of Bruker Corporation. Previously, he held a variety of positions, including Partner – Assurance Services, at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Knell is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Knell will receive salary, bonus and equity opportunity, and will participate in other benefit and compensation plans, at levels consistent with his position and scope of responsibility. Mr. Knell will receive a sign-on equity award in an amount that is commensurate with his position and scope of responsibility.

Concurrent with Mr. Knell’s joining the Company, David R. Smith, the Company’s Corporate Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, relinquishes his role as Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Smith’s other roles and responsibilities remain unchanged. Mr. Knell will report to him.

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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.

    Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
April 26, 2017   By:   Matthew Daniel
        Name: Matthew Daniel
        Title: Corporate Vice President, Legal Compliance & Deputy General Counsel