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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.
On February 5, 2021 (the “Grant Date”), our compensation committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of our board of directors of NantKwest, Inc. (the “Company”), granted Richard Adcock, our Chief Executive Officer (1) an option (the “Option Grant”) to purchase 750,000 shares of our common stock pursuant to our Amended and Restated 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and (2) two awards totaling 400,000 Restricted Stock Units (each an “RSU Award” and collectively, the “RSU Awards”) of our common stock pursuant to the Plan. The Option Grant has an exercise price of $23.72, the closing price as reported on Nasdaq on the date of grant. In addition, the Option Grant shall vest according to the following vesting schedule: one-third of the Option Grant (i.e., 250,000 options) shall vest in equal installments on each of the first, second, and third anniversaries of the Grant Date, such that all shares shall be fully vested on the third anniversary of the Grant Date, subject to Mr. Adcock remaining in “Continuous Service” (as defined in the Plan) through the applicable vesting dates. The RSU Awards are comprised of two separate awards, one settled by issuing 150,000 shares of our common stock and the other to be settled by issuing 250,000 shares of our common stock upon vesting. The first RSU Award will be fully vested on the Grant Date with the Company retaining shares equal in value to the Company’s tax withholding obligations, and the second RSU Award will vest according to the following schedule: one-third (i.e. 83,333) of the shares subject to the RSU Award shall vest in equal annual installments on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the Grant Date, such that all shares shall be fully vested on the third anniversary of the Grant Date, subject to Mr. Adcock remaining in “Continuous Service” (as defined in the Plan) through the applicable vesting dates. This grant of equity awards to Mr. Adcock was made in connection with his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, which was effective as of October 26, 2020, and was modified from the recommended equity grant described in Mr. Adcock’s Offer of Employment as of that date.
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: February 10, 2021||By:|
|Chief Financial Officer|