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 17, 2018
Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
480 Arsenal Way
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (617) 715-3600
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 5.02.||Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
(e) At a meeting of the Compensation Committee (the Committee) of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Company) held on January 17, 2018, the Committee approved the payment of annual bonus and equity awards to the Companys executive officers (other than Guy Macdonald, the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer) identified below for services rendered during the year ended December 31, 2017. Additionally, the Committee approved annual base salaries for 2018 for each of these executive officers. At a subsequent meeting of the Board held on January 19, 2018, the Board approved the payment of an annual bonus award and the grant of equity awards to Mr. Macdonald for services rendered during the year ended December 31, 2017 and his annual base salary for 2018 based upon recommendations previously received from the Committee.
Identified below is the 2017 cash bonus and equity awards and 2018 annual base salary with respect to each of the Companys named executive officers (as used in Instruction 4 to Item 5.02 of Form 8-K). Dr. Patrick Horn resigned as the Companys Chief Medical Officer as of December 29, 2017 and therefore was ineligible for a cash bonus or any additional stock award for performance during 2017. For this reason, he is not included in the table below.
In 2018, approximately 30% of each named executive officers long-term equity incentives were granted in the form of performance-based restricted stock units that vest solely upon achievement of certain clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones.
Each executive officer named below is a party to a written employment arrangement with the Company. These agreements and arrangements have been filed as exhibits to the Companys annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Guy Macdonald, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jacques Dumas, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer
Maria Stahl, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Kamalam Unninayar, Chief Financial Officer (3)
Christopher Watt, Senior Vice President, Finance (4)
|(1)||The options have been granted pursuant to our stock incentive plans and are evidenced by stock option agreements that been approved by the Board or the Committee. The terms and conditions of these awards are substantially consistent with those granted to other employees of the Company. These options vest over four (4) years, with 6.25% of the shares vesting on April 17, 2018 (April 19, 2018 in the case of Mr. Macdonald) and an additional 6.25% of the original grant at the end of each successive three-month period thereafter until the fourth anniversary of the grant date.|
|(2)||These restricted stock units shall be eligible to vest only upon achievement of certain performance conditions and, if such conditions are met, shall vest on January 31, 2021.|
|(3)||Ms. Unninayar joined the Company in October 2017 and therefore was ineligible for a cash bonus for performance during 2017.|
|(4)||Mr. Watt ceased to serve as the Companys principal accounting and finance officer on November 1, 2017.|
Additional information regarding compensation of executive officers will be included in the Companys proxy statement to be filed in connection with its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 30, 2018.
|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.
|By:||/s/ Maria D. Stahl|
|Date: January 23, 2018||Maria D. Stahl|
|Senior Vice President, General Counsel|