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): February 19, 2020
Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc.
37 East 18th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
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|Common Stock, $0.0001 par value||MWK||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.
Effective February 19, 2020, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc. (the Company) appointed Ms. Bari A. Harlam as a Class II director of the Company. The Board also appointed Ms. Harlam to the Compensation Committee of the Board and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
Ms. Bari A. Harlam, age 58, is a business leader, marketer, educator and author. Since April 2018, Ms. Harlam has served as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer North America at Hudsons Bay Company (TSX: HBC). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Eastern Bank since February 2014. Prior to her time at Hudsons Bay Company, she was EVP, Membership, Marketing & Analytics at BJs Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) from July 2012 to December 2016. Before joining BJs Wholesale Club, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Swipely, now called Upserve, from August 2011 to July 2012 and prior to that, she served as SVP, Marketing at CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) from 2000 to August 2011. Early in her career, she was a Professor at Columbia University from July 1989 to July 1992 and The University of Rhode Island from July 1992 to July 2000. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania from January 2015 to May 2018. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Decision Sciences, a Master of Science in Econometrics and a Ph.D. in Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.
In connection with Ms. Harlams appointment to the Board, on February 19, 2020, Ms. Harlam was granted a restricted stock award for 28,325 shares of restricted common stock of the Company. One-third of the number of shares subject to the restricted stock award shall vest one year from the date of grant and 1/24th of the number of shares subject to the restricted stock award shall vest each one month period thereafter, subject to Ms. Harlams continuous service through such date.
The Company also entered into an indemnity agreement with Ms. Harlam in the same form as its standard form of indemnification agreement with its other directors.
There are no family relationships between Ms. Harlam and any director or executive officer of the Company and she was not selected by the Board to serve as a director pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any person. Ms. Harlam has not engaged in any transaction that would be reportable as a related party transaction under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
On February 20, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Harlam to the Board. A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|99.1||Press release dated February 20, 2020.|
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.
|MOHAWK GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.|
|Date: February 20, 2020||By:|
|Name: Yaniv Sarig|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|
MOHAWK GROUP APPOINTS BARI HARLAM TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEW YORK, NY February 20, 2020 Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MWK, Mohawk Group, the Company) the tech-enabled, consumer-focused product company, today announced that Bari Harlam, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer North America at Hudsons Bay Company, has been appointed to the Companys Board of Directors (the Board), effective February 19, 2020. Following this announcement, the Board will include seven members.
Yaniv Sarig, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk Group, stated, We are pleased to welcome Bari to our Board. She is a seasoned marketing executive with important leadership experience at several large consumer companies. Her background will be extremely valuable as we continue to expand and evolve our product offering and grow our presence on marketplaces in the U.S. and internationally.
Harlam commented, Im honored to be joining the Mohawk Group Board of Directors. I admire the Companys strong positioning given its proprietary artificial intelligence, diverse and growing product portfolio and accelerating launch cadence. I look forward to working with the Board and management to help guide the future of the Company as the team focuses on gaining additional market share and leveraging its unique business model to drive profitability and increased shareholder value.
Since April 2018, Harlam has served as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer North America at Hudsons Bay Company [TSX: HBC]. Prior to her time at Hudsons Bay Company, she was EVP, Membership, Marketing & Analytics at BJs Wholesale Club [NYSE: BJ] from July 2012 to December 2016. Before joining BJs Wholesale Club, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Swipely, now called Upserve, from August 2011 to July 2012 and prior to that, she spent 11 years at CVS Health [NYSE: CVS] as SVP, Marketing. Early in her career, she was a Professor at Columbia University and The University of Rhode Island.
Harlam currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eastern Bank. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania from January 2015 to May 2018. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Decision Sciences, a Master of Science in Econometrics and a Ph.D in Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.
About Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc.
Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc. and subsidiaries (Mohawk) is a rapidly growing technology-enabled consumer products company that uses machine learning, natural language processing, and data analytics to design, develop, market and sell products. Mohawk predominately operates through online retail channels such as Amazon and Walmart. Mohawk has incubated and grouped four owned and operated brands: hOme, Vremi, Xtava and RIF6. Mohawk sells products in multiple categories, including home and kitchen appliances, kitchenware, environmental appliances (i.e., dehumidifiers and air conditioners), beauty-related products and, to a lesser extent, consumer electronics. Mohawk was founded on the premise that if a company selling consumer packaged goods was founded today, it would apply artificial intelligence and machine learning, the synthesis of massive quantities of data and the use of social proof to validate high caliber product offerings as opposed to over-reliance on brand value and other traditional marketing tactics.
Forward Looking Statements
All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release that address activities, events, or developments that we expect, believe, or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements including, in particular, the statements regarding our continued expansion, evolving product offering, presence in U.S. and international marketplaces, market share, profitability and shareholder value. These forward-looking statements are based on managements current expectations and beliefs and are subject to uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, those related to our cash flows and revenue growth rate; our supply chain, sourcing, manufacturing and warehousing; international tariffs and trade measures; inventory management, product liability claims, recalls, or other safety concerns; reliance on third-party online marketplaces; seasonal and quarterly variations in our revenue; acquisitions of other companies and technologies; and other factors discussed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including in our final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on December 30, 2019, all of which you may obtain for free on the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, even if subsequently made available by us on our website or otherwise. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.