AKTS Akoustis

Filed: 2 Sep 20, 9:18am





Washington, D.C. 20549






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


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 28, 2020



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Delaware 001-38029 33-1229046
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9805 Northcross Center Court, Suite A

Huntersville, NC 28078

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Common Stock, $0.001 par value AKTS 

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


On August 28, 2020, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) increased the size of the Board to seven directors and appointed Mr. J. Michael McGuire to the Board to fill the new directorship, effective immediately. The Board has determined that Mr. McGuire is independent under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Listing Rules. He will serve on the Board’s Nominating Committee and as chair of the Company’s new IT Governance Committee.


Mr. McGuire, age 61, served as CEO of Grant Thornton, LLP (“GT”) from 2014 to 2019. Prior to becoming CEO of GT, McGuire served on its senior leadership team as national managing partner of operations and previously was managing partner of its Carolinas practice. He joined Grant Thornton in 2002 after a 20-year career at Arthur Andersen. Mr. McGuire received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting and Management Information Systems, from Bowling Green University in 1982.


Mr. McGuire will receive compensation for his service as a director in accordance with the Company’s Director Compensation Program (the “Director Compensation Program”), which provides for, among other things, an annual equity grant valued at $140,000 and additional amounts for service on committees of the Board, in each case to be pro-rated to reflect his service for a portion of 2020 until the Company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders. Equity grants made in accordance with the Director Compensation Program are issued subject to and in compliance with the Company’s 2018 Stock Incentive Plan.


There was no arrangement or understanding between Mr. McGuire and any other person pursuant to which Mr. McGuire was appointed as a director of the Company. Mr. McGuire has no direct or indirect material interest in any transactions required to be disclosed pursuant to 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 hereunto duly authorized.


 Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Date: September 2, 2020By:/s/ Kenneth E. Boller
 Name:Kenneth E. Boller
 Title:Interim Chief Financial Officer