APPH AppHarvest

Filed: 14 Apr 21, 5:23pm





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): April 9, 2021


AppHarvest, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-39288 82-5042965
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)


500 Appalachian Way

Morehead, KY

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (606) 653-6100


(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 class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.0001 par value

per share


 APPH The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share APPHW 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.


Resignation of James David Vance from the Board of Directors


On April 9, 2021, James David Vance notified the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of AppHarvest, Inc. (the “Company”) of his resignation from the Board and all committees thereof effective as of April 12, 2021. Mr. Vance’s decision to leave the Board was not the result of any disagreement between the Company and Mr. Vance on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices.


Appointment of Ciara A. Burnham and R. Geof Rochester to the Board of Directors


On April 12, 2021, the Board appointed Ciara A. Burnham and R. Geof Rochester to serve as directors of the Company. The Board also appointed Ms. Burnham to serve as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board and as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.


There is no arrangement or understanding between either Ms. Burnham or Mr. Rochester and any other person pursuant to which either of them was selected as a director of the Company, and there is no family relationship between Ms. Burnham and Mr. Rochester and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers.  The Company is not aware of any transaction involving Ms. Burnham requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr. Rochester is currently employed by the Company as its Chief Marketing Officer, a position he has held since August 2020, and has resigned from that position effective April 16, 2021 in connection with his appointment to the Board. In that capacity, he received $59,911 in salary ($185,000 base salary prorated for his period of employment) and a $863,394 long-term incentive award of restricted stock units in the year ended December 31, 2020. Mr. Rochester also provided consulting services to the Company from July 2019 to August 2020, for which he received cash compensation totaling $56,767 from January 2020 through August 2020. The Company and Mr. Rochester intend to enter into a consulting agreement pursuant to which he will receive cash compensation equal to approximately $15,500 per month for six months. Additional information about Ms. Burnham and Mr. Rochester is set forth below. 


Ciara A. Burnham, age 54, currently serves as an advisor to Athena Technology Acquisition Corp., a position she has held since March 2021. From January 2019 to December 2020, Ms. Burnham served as a Partner and member of the Management Committee of QED Investors. From 1997 to January 2019, Ms. Burnham held a number of positions with Evercore, including Senior Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Evercore Trust Company N.A. Ms. Burnham received an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A from the Columbia Business School.


R. Geof Rochester, age 61, currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Company, a position he has held since August 2020, and as the Founder of and Strategic Advisor for GRC Advising, which he founded in January 2018. Mr. Rochester previously served as a consultant of the Company from July 2019 to August 2020. He also served as the Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy from 2010 to 2017 and as its Chief Marketing Officer and from 2013 to 2017. Mr. Rochester received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Each of Ms. Burnham and Mr. Rochester will be entitled to receive a $75,000 annual retainer for service as director. At each annual stockholder meeting following which their respective terms as a director continues, each of Ms. Burnham and Mr. Rochester will be entitled to receive a restricted stock unit award having a value of $100,000 which will vest in full on the date of the following year’s annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders (or the date the date immediately preceding the date of the following year’s annual meeting if her or his, as applicable, service as a director ends at such meeting as a result of her or his, as applicable, failure to be re-elected or not standing for re-election), subject to continuous service as of such date and subject further to acceleration of vesting upon a change in control. Ms. Burnham and Mr. Rochester have also entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement.


Change in Officer Designation


On April 12, 2021, the Board determined that the duties and responsibilities of Marcella Butler have evolved such that she is no longer an “officer” within the meaning of Rule 16a-1(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) or an “executive officer” within the meaning of Rule 3b-7 under the Exchange Act. She remains employed by the Company and her title has been changed from Chief Operating Officer to Chief People Officer.







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.


 AppHarvest, Inc.
Dated: April 14, 2021 
 By: /s/ Loren Eggleton
   Loren Eggleton
   Chief Financial Officer