SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): May 3, 2021
ALLIED ESPORTS ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
17877 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 300
Irvine, California, 92614
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock||AESE||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
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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 3, 2021, Frank Ng notified the Board of Directors (“Board”) of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) of his resignation as a member of the Board, effective May 5, 2021. Mr. Ng continues to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. In connection with Mr Ng’s resignation, the Board permitted the accelerated vesting of 10,000 outstanding options previously issued to Mr. Ng for his director services scheduled to vest on September 19, 2021 and extended the exercise period to exercise 20,000 vested outstanding options issued to Mr. Ng to September 19, 2029.
The Board appointed Jerry Lewin to serve as a Class C Director on the Board effective May 6, 2021 to fill the vacancy on the Board. Mr. Lewin has worked in the hospitality industry for 43 years and spent the last 30 years with Hyatt hotels. Before joining Hyatt, Mr. Lewin served for ten years in various management capacities for Hilton hotels in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. Mr. Lewin joined Hyatt hotels in 1987 as the General Manager at Hyatt Regency Dallas moving on to several different properties and becoming the Vice President of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which was the largest hotel in the Hyatt chain at the time. In 2000, Mr. Lewin became Senior Vice President of Operations overseeing 38 hotels in the United States responsible for over $2 billion in revenue, which included overseeing sales, revenue, human resources, operations and development. Mr. Lewin currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Profitability for Hyatt Corporation, leading global change through key operational programs. Mr. Lewin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and completed the Executive Development Program at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Lewin currently serves as President of the New York Law Enforcement Foundation and as a director of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) as well as several other corporate boards.
Effective May 6, 2021, Libing (Claire) Wu was appointed Chair of the Company’s Compensation Committee, and Jerry Lewin was also appointed to serve on the Compensation Committee with Bradley Berman. Libing (Claire) Wu was also appointed to serve on the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee with Yinghua Chen (Chair) and Lyle Berman.
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.
Dated: May 7, 2021
|ALLIED ESPORTS ENTERTAINMENT, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Anthony Hung|
Anthony Hung, Chief Financial Officer