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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 January 13, 2021, Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an amended and restated employment agreement with Dr. Anand Gopalan, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, as was a disclosed condition to closing of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger”), dated as of July 2, 2020, by and among Graf Industrial Corp. (now known as Velodyne Lidar, Inc.), VL Merger Sub Inc. and Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (now known as Velodyne Lidar USA, Inc.), which condition had been waived for a period of time after closing. The amended and restated employment agreement with Dr. Gopalan, among other things, implements certain compensation changes recommended by the Compensation Committee, which was supported by an independent compensation consultant, in connection with the Company’s common stock becoming publicly traded after the closing of the Merger. In addition to adjusting Dr. Gopalan’s base salary and target bonus for 2021, the amended and restated employment agreement provides that the Company will grant him additional time-based and performance-based stock unit awards covering an aggregate of 228,520 shares of common stock at target-level achievement. The amended and restated employment agreement also provides Dr. Gopalan with certain rights beginning June 1, 2021 concerning specified severance benefits and vesting acceleration associated with an employment termination.
On January 7, 2021, David Hall informed the Board of Directors of the Company that he has voluntarily transitioned from serving as an employee and executive officer of the Company to a non-executive role, effective immediately. Mr. Hall will continue serving as a non-employee director of the Company. Accordingly, Mr. Hall transitioned from Executive Chairman to Chairman of the Board of Directors on that date.
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.
|VELODYNE LIDAR, INC.|
|DATE: January 13, 2021||By:||/s/ Michael Vella|