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): July 9, 2020
THE GEO GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
4955 Technology Way, Boca Raton, Florida
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (561) 893-0101
(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
Name of each exchange
on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value
New York Stock Exchange
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Section 5 Corporate Governance and Management
|Item 5.02.||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
On July 9, 2020, the Board of Directors of The GEO Group, Inc. (the “Company” or “GEO”), having received the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, took action by a unanimous written consent to expand the size of the Board of Directors from eight to nine members (not including our Director Emeritus, Norman A. Carlson) and appointed Duane Helkowski to the Board of Directors of the Company effective July 9, 2020. Mr. Helkowski will serve as a director of the Company for a term expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, at which time his continued service on the Board of Directors will be subject to renomination and shareholder approval. The appointment of Mr. Helkowski was not pursuant to any arrangement or understanding between him and any other person.
Mr. Helkowski has over 30 years of experience in advising companies with respect to lending and capital markets transactions. Since July 2019, Mr. Helkowski has been serving as a strategic advisor to several small and mid-size businesses with respect to the debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Helkowski was an investment banker with BNP Paribas from March 1995 until he retired on July 1, 2019, including serving most recently as the Sector Industry Head for REITS, Gaming/Leisure and Homebuilders from 2002-2019. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Mr. Helkowski worked for ABN AMRO Bank (now a division of the Royal Bank of Scotland) from June 1988 to March 1995, including serving as an Internal Auditor, Senior Credit Analyst and Assistant Vice President and Lending Officer. Mr. Helkowski obtained formal credit training from Chase Bank in 1991, including audit related classes. Mr. Helkowski has also obtained the following FINRA certifications: Series 7, Series 24, Series 63 and Series 79. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration in International Banking and Finance from Hofstra University.
Mr. Helkowski brings extensive experience in global investment banking and expertise in lending, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions to the Board of Directors. His extensive experience in these areas and his deep understanding of GEO and REITs will strengthen the board of directors’ collective knowledge, capabilities and experience.
Mr. Helkowski will be compensated in accordance with the Company’s previously disclosed compensation programs for directors who are not employees as described in the Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and as may be amended in the future.
There are no related party transactions between the Company and Mr. Helkowski as described in Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
|Item 5.03.||Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.|
On July 9, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company, having received the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, adopted a resolution by a unanimous written consent to increase the number of directors which constitute the whole Board of Directors of the Company. The unanimous written consent increased the number of current directors from eight directors to nine directors. The effect of the unanimous written consent is an amendment to Article V, Section 1 of the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Bylaws.
Excerpts from the unanimous written consent of the Board of Directors to amend the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Bylaws is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
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.
THE GEO GROUP, INC.
July 14, 2020
/s/ Brian R. Evans
Brian R. Evans
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)