BOCH Bank of Commerce

Filed: 5 Mar 21, 4:00pm
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):
March 4, 2021
Bank of Commerce Holdings
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 (Commission File Number) IRS Employer Identification No. 
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1255
Sacramento, California 95814
(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (800) 421-2575
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Common StockBOCHNasdaq
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Bank of Commerce Holdings (the “Company”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Merchants Bank of Commerce (the “Bank”) have announced that on March 4, 2021 the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) elected Diane D. Miller as a new director of the Company and the Bank, effective March 16, 2021, and continuing until the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, at which time it is anticipated that she will be nominated for re-election by the shareholders. Ms. Miller was also appointed to the Long-Range Planning Committee of the Company.
Ms. Miller, age 67, has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilcox Miller & Nelson, a human capital management and governance consulting firm, since 2000. For ten years she served on the National Association of Corporate Director’s (NACD) Board Advisory Services Faculty, providing governance consulting, education, evaluation and strategic advising to boards across the nation. Ms. Miller has served on the Paris-based LeaderXXchange Advisory Board since 2018, which advises and promotes diversity and sustainability in governance, leadership and investment. She currently serves on the nonprofit boards of AARP Foundation, The Host Committee, and California Chamber of Commerce, and previously chaired the NACD northern California Chapter Board. She also served on the University of the Pacific Board of Regents, Career Partners International, Inc., Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and Humboldt Bancorp. She has taken cyber-security programs through NACD, SANS and MIT.
The Board affirmatively determined that Ms. Miller qualifies as an “independent director” in accordance with The Nasdaq Stock Market listing standards. Additionally, Ms. Miller does not have an interest in any transactions requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. There are no family relationships between Ms. Miller and any of the Company's directors or other executive officers. Other than as described below, there are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Miller and any other persons or entities pursuant to which she has been elected as a director of the Company.
Ms. Miller will receive compensation for her services as a director, consisting of a cash retainer and, when authorized, stock awards under the Company’s director compensation program applicable to non-employee members of the Board, as described in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2020 annual meeting of shareholders.
In connection with the election of Ms. Miller as a director of the Company, the Board increased the number of directors comprising the Board from 10 to 11 directors, effective March 16, 2021.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
A copy of the Company’s press release announcing the election of Ms. Miller as a new director of the Company is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits:
Exhibit                   Description                                                                                 
99.1                        Press Release dated March 5, 2021
104                        Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as 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.
Dated: March 5, 2021 
/s/ James A. Sundquist                                 
 By: James A. Sundquist
 Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer