Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 12, 2021
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio 1-4879 34-0183970
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer 
Identification No.)
5995 Mayfair Road, P.O. Box 3077,   
North Canton, Ohio44720-8077
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (330490-4000
Not Applicable
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 shares, $1.25 par value per shareDBDNew York Stock Exchange

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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 12, 2021, the Board of Directors of Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (the "Company"), upon approval by and recommendation of its People and Compensation Committee, granted a performance-based, multi-year equity incentive award to President and Chief Executive Officer Gerrard Schmid under the Company's shareholder-approved 2017 Equity and Performance Incentive Plan. This grant of 1,142,422 performance units has a four-year performance period, with potential vesting in annual increments based on achievement of performance metrics designed to increase shareholder value during such annual period. This award is an integral component of the Company's strategy to retain Mr. Schmid while incentivizing achievement of mission critical advances in talent, revenue growth, sustainability, and the return on invested capital (ROIC).

The performance units can be earned, if at all, upon achievement of specified performance objectives during the 2021 to 2024 performance period. The People and Compensation Committee set performance metrics and targets for each year of the four-year performance period that support three of the Company's strategic initiatives for the future: talent, revenue growth and sustainability. Each annual performance period includes performance metrics related to all three of these strategic initiatives. For example, the growth component includes focus on growing software and services revenue to specified metrics each of the four years, among other metrics. The sustainability component includes a goal of reducing carbon emissions over the four-year performance period as well as a specified increase in executive diversity, among other metrics. The talent component will require enhancement of emerging debit payment capabilities including the addition of expert sales personnel, as well as other goals. In the fourth and final annual performance period, an additional and fourth component focuses on increasing ROIC.

Subject to achievement at target on each of the goals, a proportionate number of performance units will vest annually in 20% tranches following the first three years, with 40% vesting following the fourth year of the performance period. No additional performance units will be earned for results in excess of target level.

The performance objectives that were established for this incentive award complement the metrics selected by the People and Compensation Committee for both the executive's 2021 Annual Cash Bonus Plan award and his 2021 performance-based equity award under the Company's long-term incentive compensation program. The 2021 Annual Cash Bonus Plan will be funded based on performance against pre-established targets for unlevered free cash flow and operating profit. The 2021-2023 performance-based equity incentive awards will be earned based on targets for levered free cash flow and revenue over the three-year performance period. The People and Compensation Committee believes that, collectively, these two programs and the special performance-based equity award granted on February 12, 2021 align the interests of the Company's CEO with the long-term interests of shareholders.

The foregoing description is qualified by reference to the full text of the award agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

  (d) Exhibits. 
Number Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

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.
 Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
February 16, 2021By:  /s/ Jonathan B. Leiken
  Name:  Jonathan B. Leiken
  Title:  Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and