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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT

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

Date of Report: January 27, 2021
(Date of earliest event reported)

ARROW FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
New York0-1250722-2448962
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)
250 Glen StreetGlens FallsNew York12801
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:518 745-1000

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

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, Par Value $1.00 per shareAROWNASDAQ Global Select Market
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).
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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

    New Employment Agreement for CEO Murphy. Effective February 01, 2021, Arrow Financial Corporation (the “Company”) executed a new three-year employment agreement with Thomas J. Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s lead subsidiary bank, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company (“GFNB”). The new agreement replaced a similar three-year employment agreement entered into by the Company with Mr. Murphy in early 2020. The following summary of Mr. Murphy’s new employment agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full and complete terms of the agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and which is incorporated herein by reference.
    Under the new agreement, Mr. Murphy’s annual base salary will be $600,000, an increase of $40,000 from his previous annual base salary. During the term of the agreement, Mr. Murphy’s annual base salary may be increased but may not be decreased. Under the new agreement, in addition to receiving the benefits available to salaried employees generally (e.g., medical, dental and life insurance coverage, participation in the qualified retirement plan), Mr. Murphy is also eligible to participate in certain other compensation and benefit plans available to key employees, including the annual incentive (bonus) plan, the long-term equity incentive plan, and the “makeup” benefit under the Arrow Financial Corporation Select Executive Retirement Plan, as Amended and Restated Effective as of January 1, 2005 For Benefits Accrued or Vested After December 31, 2004, and amended from time to time thereafter.
    The agreement provides that if, during the term of the agreement, the Company and/or GFNB terminates Mr. Murphy’s employment, other than for cause (as defined), or the executive terminates his own employment with the Company and/or GFNB, for good reason (as defined), he will receive a lump-sum payment equal to (a) the dollar amount of base salary payable to him during the remaining term of his agreement, or (b) one year's base salary, whichever is greater.
    Also under the agreement, if during the term of the agreement there is a change of control (as defined) of the Company and, within 12 months after such change of control, (a) the Company and/or GFNB terminates the employment of Mr. Murphy, other than for cause, or (b) Mr. Murphy terminates his own employment with the Company and/or GFNB, for good reason, he will be entitled to receive an aggregate dollar amount, payable in installments over a two-year period following the date of his termination (or in a lump-sum, in the event of unforeseeable emergency), equal to three times the sum of Mr. Murphy’s (a) one year’s base salary and (b) target bonus under the Company’s annual incentive (bonus) plan for the relevant year, subject to downward adjustment to reflect the value of any other “change of control” payments or benefits he might receive following such change of control. Additionally, he shall be entitled to receive, for a period of two years following the date of his termination, medical, dental and life insurance coverage that is generally equivalent to the coverage held by him on such date, subject to employee cost sharing. However, under no circumstances will he receive any payment under this change of control provision if such payment would constitute an “excess parachute payment” under the tax laws.
    The agreement contains a non-competition provision that is triggered upon termination of Mr. Murphy’s employment with the Company and/or GFNB.
    The agreement also provides that, on or before each anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, the Board of Directors of the Company and the Board of Directors of GFNB will consider and vote upon a proposal to replace Mr. Murphy’s existing agreement with a new three-year employment agreement containing provisions at least as favorable to the executive as his current agreement on the date of such consideration.
    New Employment Agreements for SVPs Campanella, DeMarco, Kaiser and Wise. Effective February 01, 2021, the Company executed new two-year employment agreements with each of (i) Edward J. Campanella, the Company’s Senior Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GFNB, (ii) David S. DeMarco, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of GFNB and President and Chief Executive Officer of Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company, the Company’s other banking subsidiary (“SNB”), (iii) David D. Kaiser, the Company's Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of GFNB, and (iv) Andrew J. Wise, the Company's Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of GFNB. The new agreements replaced similar employment agreements previously entered into by the Company with Messrs. Campanella, DeMarco, Kaiser and Wise in early 2020. The following summary of the executives’ new employment agreements is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full and complete terms of the agreements, which are attached as Exhibits 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5 and to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and which are incorporated herein by reference.
    Under the new agreements, Mr. Campanella’s annual base salary will be $300,000, an increase of $25,000 from his previous annual base salary, Mr. DeMarco’s annual base salary will be $365,000, an increase of $25,000




from his previous annual base salary, Mr. Kaiser’s annual base salary will be $300,000, an increase of $25,000 from his previous annual base salary and Mr. Wise's annual base salary will be $300,000, an increase of $50,000 from his previous annual base salary. During the term of the agreements, the executives’ annual base salaries may be increased but may not be decreased. Under the new agreements, each executive, in addition to receiving the benefits available to salaried employees generally (e.g., medical, dental and life insurance coverage, participation in the qualified retirement plan), is also eligible to participate in certain other benefit and compensation plans available to key employees, including the annual incentive (bonus) plan and the long-term equity incentive plan.
    Each agreement provides that if, during the term of the agreement, the Company and/or GFNB or SNB, as applicable, terminates the employment of the executive, other than for cause (as defined), or he terminates his own employment with the Company and/or GFNB or SNB, as applicable, for good reason (as defined), he will receive a lump-sum payment equal to (a) the amount of base salary payable to him during the remaining term of his agreement, or (b) one year's base salary, whichever is greater.
    Also, under each agreement, if during the term of the agreement there is a change of control (as defined) of the Company and, within 12 months after such change of control, (a) the Company and/or GFNB or SNB, as the case may be, terminates the employment of the executive, other than for cause, or (b) the executive terminates his own employment with the Company and/or GFNB or SNB, as the case may be, for good reason, he will be entitled to receive an aggregate dollar amount, payable in installments over a two-year period following the date of his termination (or in a lump-sum, in the event of unforeseeable emergency), equal to approximately two times the sum of the executive’s (a) one year’s base salary and (b) target bonus under the Company’s annual incentive (bonus) plan for the relevant year, subject to downward adjustment to reflect the value of any other “change of control” payments or benefits he might receive following such change of control. Additionally, the executive shall be entitled to receive, for a period of two years following the date of his termination, medical, dental and life insurance coverage that is generally equivalent to the coverage held by him on such date, subject to employee cost sharing. However, under no circumstances will the executive receive any payment under this change of control provision if such payment would constitute an “excess parachute payment” under the tax laws.
    Each agreement contains a non-competition provision that is triggered upon termination of the executive’s employment with the Company and/or GFNB or SNB, as applicable. Each agreement also provides that, on or before each anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, the Board of Directors of the Company and/or the Board of Directors of GFNB or SNB, as applicable, will consider and vote upon a proposal to replace the existing agreement with a new two-year employment agreement containing provisions at least as favorable to the executive as his current agreement on the date of such consideration.

Item 8.01.     Other Events

    On January 28, 2021, the Company announced that the Board of Directors had declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share payable March 15, 2021 to shareholders of record on March 02, 2021.
    Additionally, on January 28, 2021, the Company announced that the Board of Directors had approved a new stock repurchase program authorizing the repurchase, at the discretion of senior management, of up to $5 million of the Company’s common stock over the period January 27, 2021 through December 31, 2021, in open-market or negotiated transactions. This new repurchase program will replace the prior $5 million repurchase program authorized on October 30, 2019, which expired December 31, 2020. During 2020, the Company repurchased approximately $1.5 million of Company common stock under the then existing stock repurchase program.
    A copy of the press release announcing the Quarterly Cash Dividend and the 2021 Stock Repurchase Program is furnished as Exhibit 99 to this report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

Exhibit No. Description
10.1 Employment Agreement between the Company and Thomas J. Murphy effective February 1, 2021
10.2 Employment Agreement between the Company and Edward J. Campanella effective February 1, 2021
10.3 Employment Agreement between the Company and David S. DeMarco effective February 1, 2021
10.4 Employment Agreement between the Company and David D. Kaiser effective February 1, 2021
10.5 Employment Agreement between the Company and Andrew J. Wise effective February 1, 2021
99 Arrow Financial Corporation Press Release dated January 28, 2021 - Quarterly Cash Dividend and 2021 Stock Repurchase Program                     






SIGNATURES

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.

ARROW FINANCIAL CORPORATION
Date:February 1, 2021/s/ Edward J. Campanella
Edward J. Campanella,
Senior Vice President, Treasurer and
Chief Financial Officer