Posted 14 February, 2024

QuantumScape Corp appointed Siva Sivaram as new CEO

NYSE:QS appointed new Chief Executive Officer Siva Sivaram in a 8-K filed on 14 February, 2024.

  Appointment of Siva Sivaram as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member  

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Overview of QuantumScape Corp
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QuantumScape Corp. engages in the provision of energy storage solutions. The company was founded by Jagdeep Singh, Tim Holme, and Fritz B. Prinz in May 2010 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.
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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.

Appointment of Siva Sivaram as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

On February 8, 2024, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of QuantumScape Corporation (the "Company") appointed Dr. Siva Sivaram, as the Company's Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and as a member of the Board, effective February 15, 2024. To facilitate the appointment, the size of the Board was increased from 11 to 12 members. 

Dr. Sivaram's appointment is the culmination of a year-long succession plan initiated by the chairman of the Board and outgoing CEO, Jagdeep Singh, in consultation with the Board. Dr. Sivaram, now age 63, initially joined the Company as President in September 2023 to oversee the Company's technology and manufacturing groups, as previously disclosed in the current report on form 8-K filed by the Company on July 31, 2023, which is incorporated herein by reference (the "Prior 8-K"). As CEO, Dr. Sivaram will lead all day-to-day business operations in this next phase of the Company's growth.

Dr. Sivaram brings decades of experience taking complex emerging technologies into high-volume production, including building factories, establishing and managing partnerships and scaling production across the world.Most recently, he served as the President of Technology and Strategy at Western Digital, a leader in the data storage sector, where he led corporate strategy and technology. Prior to joining Western Digital, Dr. Sivaram was Executive Vice President of Memory Technology at SanDisk. Before that, he founded and headed Twin Creek Technologies, an American manufacturer specializing in novel solar cells and equipment, and held several leadership positions for global technology manufacturers, including Intel and Matrix Semiconductor - the pioneer in 3D semiconductors. Dr. Sivaram holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

In connection with Dr. Sivaram's appointment as CEO and upon recommendation of the Compensation Committee of the Board, the Board approved the following changes to Mr. Sivaram's compensation arrangements: (i)annual base salary of $820,000, (ii) participation in the Company's 2024 annual bonus program at 125% target of his 2024 earned salary, and (iii) grant of a restricted stock unit ("RSU") award under the Company's 2020 Equity Incentive Plan with a value of $17,206,000, consisting of a mix of performance-based (60%) and time-based (40%) vesting conditions, with performance-based RSUs vesting based on the achievement of specific milestones, and time-based RSUs vesting over four years, all subject to continued service with the Company through the applicable vesting date. His existing equity awards will continue to vest in accordance with their terms, subject to his continuing service. Dr. Sivaram will not receive additional compensation for his service on the Board.

Dr. Sivaram's Change in Control and Severance Agreement will continue and he will also continue to be eligible to participate in the Company's other general executive compensation and benefit programs described in the "Executive Compensation" section of the Proxy Statement, including indemnification and other agreements as referenced and defined in the Prior 8-K.Dr. Sivaram has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended, the "Exchange Act"), nor are any such transactions currently proposed. There is no arrangement or understanding between Dr. Sivaram and any other persons pursuant to which Dr. Sivaram was appointed as CEO and director. There are no family relationships between Dr. Sivaram and any of the Company's directors or executive officers.

Transition of Jagdeep Singh away from Chief Executive Officer role and continuation as Board Chairman

On February 8, 2024, the Board accepted Jagdeep Singh's request to transition from his role as CEO effective February 15, 2024, and also confirmed that Mr. Singh will be continuing in his capacity as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Singh has served as the Company's CEO and Chairman of the Board since he co-founded the Company in 2010. 

Effective February 15, 2024, Mr. Singh will no longer receive any compensation for his service as CEO, other than the Company's 2023 annual bonus already earned and scheduled to be paid out later in the month in the form of shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock. The stock options granted to him under the Company's 2021 Extraordinary Performance Award Program will terminate in connection with his transition away from the CEO role, in accordance with its terms. All of Mr. Singh's other outstanding equity awards will continue to vest in accordance with their terms, subject to his continuing to serve as a service provider to the Company. Mr. Singh has waived any further participation in the standard compensation arrangements for non-employee directors under the Company's Outside Director Compensation Policy.