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


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 3, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware  001-36589  74-2781950
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)  (Commission File No.)  (IRS Employer Identification No.)


200 Crescent Court, Suite 1400, Dallas, Texas 75201
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 661-7488



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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Common Stock, $0.01 par value WHLM Nasdaq Capital Market


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


On February 3, 2020, the board of directors of Wilhelmina International, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Mark E. Schwarz to serve as the Company’s principal executive officer on an interim basis. Mr. Schwarz, age 59, has served as a director and Chairman of the Board of the Company since 2004, and as Executive Chairman since 2012.  Mr. Schwarz was the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2012.  Since 1993, Mr. Schwarz has indirectly controlled Newcastle Partners, L.P. (“Newcastle LP”), a private investment firm, and served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of its general partner, Newcastle Capital Management, L.P. (“NCM”). Mr. Schwarz presently serves as Chairman of the boards of directors of Hallmark Financial Services, Inc., a specialty property and casualty insurance company, and Rave Restaurant Group, Inc., an operator and franchisor of pizza restaurants. Within the past five years, Mr. Schwarz has served as a director of SL Industries, Inc., a developer of power systems used in a variety of aerospace, computer, datacom, industrial, medical, telecom, transportation and utility equipment applications. He also serves as a director of various privately held companies.


Mr. Schwarz will serve as principal executive officer of the Company at the will of the board of directors pending the appointment of a permanent replacement. He will not receive any additional fixed compensation from the Company for his service as principal financial officer. However, the board of directors may award him a discretionary bonus at the conclusion of his tenure. Mr. Schwarz has no family relationship with any other director or other executive officer of the Company. There are no transactions in which Mr. Schwarz has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.




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 thereunto duly authorized.


  By: /s/ James A. McCarthy
    Name: James A. McCarthy
    Title: Chief Financial Officer