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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 23, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-33261   95-2705790
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation or organization)        


900 Innovators Way    
Simi Valley, California   93065
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (805) 520-8350


 Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share   AVAV   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


On January 23, 2020, AeroVironment, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin McDonnell as its Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, effective February 10, 2020. Mr. McDonnell replaces Brian Shackley, who has served as the Company’s interim Chief Financial Officer since October 2019. Mr. Shackley will remain with the Company as Vice President and Controller.


Mr. McDonnell, 58, has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of JAMS, Inc., which provides alternative dispute resolution services, since September 2014. Prior to joining JAMS, Inc., Mr. McDonnell served in a variety of finance roles including as the co-founder of DoubleBeam, Inc., a provider of mobile retail solutions, from 2011 to 2014, the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Orange County Container Group LLC, a manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packaging, from 2008 to 2011, the Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer for Leiner Health Products from 2006 to 2008 and the Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer for Memorex Corporation from 2004 to 2006. Mr. McDonnell holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.


The Company has entered into a written offer letter with Mr. McDonnell, outlining the terms of his employment as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Pursuant to the terms of the offer letter, Mr. McDonnell will receive an annual base salary of $400,000. He will also participate in the Company’s fiscal year 2020 bonus plan with a bonus target of $250,000, which amount will be prorated based on his start date and be subject to a minimum payout of $75,000.


Additionally, Mr. McDonnell will be granted $250,000 of restricted stock pursuant to the terms of the Company’s Amended and Restated 2006 Equity Incentive Plan. Subject to Mr. McDonnell’s continued service to the Company, the restricted stock will vest in five equal installments over a five-year period with the first vesting occurring approximately one year from the grant date. Mr. McDonnell will also be granted equity awards pursuant to the Company’s fiscal year 2021 long term incentive program, consisting of $260,000 of performance restricted stock units which will vest based on the Company’s achievement of specified financial metrics over the cumulative three-fiscal year 2021-2013 performance period and $140,000 of restricted stock awards, which will vest over time in equal amounts over a three-year period beginning approximately one year after the date of grant. It is expected that Mr. McDonnell’s equity awards under the fiscal year 2021 long term incentive program will be issued at the time awards under the program are made to the Company’s other executive officers.


He will also be eligible for benefits under the Company’s Executive Severance Plan, which is described on page 58 of the Company’s most recent Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 15, 2019, and other benefits generally available to the Company’s executive officers.


There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. McDonnell and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected to be an officer of the Company. There are also no family relationships between Mr. McDonnell and any director or executive officer of the Company and, other than the offer letter and information described above, he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Item 7.01.  Regulation FD Disclosure.


On January 23, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. McDonnell’s appointment as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.  A copy of the Company’s press release is furnished with this Form 8-K and attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. Such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.





Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits




99.1   Press release issued by AeroVironment, Inc., dated January 23, 2020.
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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.


Date: January 23, 2020 By: /s/ Wahid Nawabi
    Wahid Nawabi
    President and Chief Executive Officer






Exhibit 99.1



AeroVironment Appoints Kevin McDonnell as Chief Financial Officer


SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020 - AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced the appointment of Kevin McDonnell as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective February 10, 2020.


"We welcome Kevin McDonnell to the AeroVironment team as senior vice president and CFO,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer. “Kevin’s extensive leadership and CFO experience across diverse industries give him unique insights and perspectives that will support AeroVironment’s continued growth and success. Generating value for shareholders remains our top priority, and we look forward to working closely with Kevin to deliver on this objective.”


“I am excited to join AeroVironment at this exciting time in the company’s history,” said Mr. McDonnell. “The AeroVironment team has generated significant value for its shareholders, with a demonstrated track record of strong, profitable growth. I look forward to working with Wahid and the rest of the leadership team to enhance the company's financial and operational performance."


Brian Shackley, who served as interim chief financial officer during this extensive search, will remain vice president and controller.


Mr. Nawabi continued, “We thank Brian for taking on the additional role of interim CFO throughout the search process and look forward to continuing to benefit from his expertise and leadership as a key member of our team.”





About Kevin McDonnell


Prior to joining AeroVironment, Mr. McDonnell served as chief financial officer of JAMS, Inc., which provides alternative dispute resolution services. During his tenure at JAMS, Mr. McDonnell helped the company nearly double its revenue and more than double its EBITDA. Mr. McDonnell brings more than 30 years of experience in financial, IT and HR leadership roles, including serving as chief financial officer for companies in the technology, automotive and health industries. Most notably, Mr. McDonnell held various senior financial roles at Teradata Corporation during its high-growth phase, where the company grew from $3 million to $300 million in revenue and expanded globally into Europe and Asia. Mr. McDonnell also served as CFO of Digital Insight, where he was instrumental in significantly growing its annual revenue, taking the company public and leading three acquisitions.


Mr. McDonnell earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.


About AeroVironment, Inc.


AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers. For more information visit www.avinc.com.


Safe Harbor Statement


Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to perform under existing contracts and obtain additional contracts; changes in the regulatory environment; the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; failure to develop new products or integrate new technology with current products; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.







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