CCOI Cogent Communications

Filed: 11 May 20, 1:52pm








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


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):     May 11, 2020


Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware 000-51829 46-5706863
(State or other jurisdiction of
 (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)



2450 N St NW,
Washington, D.C.
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:     202-295-4200


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 Stock, par value $0.001 per shareCCOINASDAQ 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).


Emerging growth company   ¨


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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 May 11, 2020, Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Sean Wallace as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, effective immediately. Also on May 11, 2020, Thaddeus G. Weed, stepped down from his role of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. To facilitate an orderly transition, Mr. Weed will remain with the Company as Senior Vice President – Audit & Operations. In addition, Mr. Jean-Michel Slagmuylder, who had been serving as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since March 17, 2020 during Mr. Weed’s temporary medical leave of absence, stepped down from that role on May 11, 2020 and will return to his position of Chief Financial Officer for European Operations, effective immediately.


Mr. Wallace, age 58, has over 30 years of experience in finance, telecom banking and other public company management positions. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wallace was an investor and operator of residential and industrial real estate projects from 2015. He was also, from 2008 to 2015, a senior manager at Standard Chartered Bank where he led their Corporate Finance and Wholesale Origination efforts on a global basis. He also worked at J.P. Morgan from 1998 to 2007 where his roles included being Co-Head of their Investment Banking efforts in the Asia Pacific region as well as leading their North American Telecom Banking efforts. Mr. Wallace is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.


Pursuant to an employment letter entered into with the Company on April 22, 2020 (the “Employment Letter”), Mr. Wallace will receive a base salary of $350,000 and a grant of 12,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company. Subject to his continued employment, the restricted stock will vest 25% on June 1, 2021, and the remainder will vest quarterly in increments of 750 shares over the next three years so that the grant is fully vested after four years of employment. On May 11, 2020, Mr. Wallace also entered into a severance agreement with the Company (the “Severance Agreement”) pursuant to which he will receive severance equal to six months’ salary if he is terminated other than for cause or Mr. Wallace terminates his employment for good reason, as defined in the Severance Agreement. Such severance is payable as salary continuation, unless he is terminated following a change in control in which case it is paid in a lump sum. He would also be entitled to any receive any restricted stock that would vest over the course of six months following his termination, as provided in his restricted stock award.


The summary of Mr. Wallace’s compensation is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Employment Letter the Restricted Stock Award and the Severance Agreement, which are attached as Exhibits 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01   Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits:


10.1 Employment Letter between the Company and Sean Wallace, effective April 22, 2020 (filed herewith).
10.2 Restricted Stock Award, dated May 11, 2020, between the Company and Sean Wallace (filed herewith).
10.3 Severance Agreement, dated May 11, 2020, between the Company and Sean Wallace (filed herewith).
99.1 Press Release of Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. dated May 11, 2020 (filed herewith).
104 Cover 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.


 Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc.
May 11, 2020By:/s/ David Schaeffer
  Name: David Schaeffer
  Title:  President and Chief Executive Officer