Posted 17 July, 2023

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. appointed Mr. Rasmus as new CEO

Nasdaq:ADES appointed new Chief Executive Officer Mr. Rasmus in a 8-K filed on 17 July, 2023.

  On July 14, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") appointed Mr. Rasmus to succeed Greg Marken as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 17, 2023 (the "Effective Date").  

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Overview of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.
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Arq, Inc. is a holding company. It engages in the provision of environmental and emission control equipment to the power generation industry. The company operates through the following Segments: Refined Coal and Advanced Purification Technologies. The Refined Coal segment includes the Tinuum Group, Tinuum Services, and GWN Manager. The Advanced Purification Technologies segment refers to the sale of Activated Carbon Injection and Dry Sorbent Injection equipment systems, chemical sales, consulting services, and other sales related to the reduction of emissions in the coal-fired electric generation process and the electric utility industry. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO.
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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 July 14, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") appointed Mr. Rasmus to succeed Greg Marken as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 17, 2023 (the "Effective Date"). The Board also increased the size of the Board to eight directors and appointed Mr. Rasmus to fill the vacancy as a Board member, effective as of the Effective Date. A press release, dated July 17, 2023, announcing this Chief Executive Officer transition is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Mr. Marken will remain as an employee of the Company until his employment with the Company terminates on August 28, 2023. It is expected that Mr. Marken will enter into a separation agreement, all of the material terms of which have not yet been finalized as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K and will be disclosed once finalized in accordance with SEC requirements.

Prior to the Effective Date, between 2012 and 2020, Mr. Rasmus, age 66, served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Hi-Crush, Inc., a fully integrated provider of proppant and logistics services for hydraulic fracturing operations that Mr. Rasmus founded in 2012. Prior to founding Hi-Crush, Mr. Rasmus was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Red Oak Capital Management, and was President of Thunderbolt Capital Corp., a venture firm focused on start-up and early-stage private equity investments. He also previously served as a Senior Managing Director of Banc One Capital Markets, Inc. and a Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking in London for First Chicago Ltd. Mr. Rasmus holds a B.A. degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.

In connection with his appointment, the Company and Mr. Rasmus entered into an employment agreement (the "Employment Agreement"). The Employment Agreement provides for (i) a base salary of $50,000, (ii) a target annual bonus of 100% of base salary and a maximum annual bonus of 200% of base salary, (iii) a target annual long-term incentive compensation awards of 75% of base salary, (iv) a sign-on bonus of $125,000, subject to repayment in the event of a termination for Cause or resignation without Good Reason (each as defined in the Employment Agreement) within one year of the Effective Date, and (v) reimbursement of up to $20,000 of legal fees and expenses incurred by Mr. Rasmus in connection with the Employment Agreement. In addition, the Employment Agreement provides for the following employment inducement awards granted in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4): (a) an option to purchase 1,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 (or, if greater, the fair market value per share on the grant date), which vests ratably in three equal annual installments and (b) 400,000 restricted stock units ("RSUs"), which vests as to 250,000 RSUs when the volume weighted average price ("VWAP") of the Company's common stock over a 30-day period equals $10.00 per share and as to 150,000 RSUs when the VWAP over a 30-day period equals $15.00 per share, in each case, prior to the third anniversary of the Effective Date. 


In the event Mr. Rasmus is terminated without Cause or resigns for Good Reason, the Employment Agreement provides for the following severance benefits, subject to his execution of a release of claims: (i) a lump sum payment equal to his base salary plus his target annual bonus and (ii) accelerated vesting of the inducement option award. In addition, the inducement RSU award agreement provides for accelerated vesting if such termination without Cause or resignation for Good Reason occurs more than 18 months but less than three years following the Effective Date. The Employment Agreement also includes standard confidentiality, inventions assignment, non-competition, and customer and employee non-solicitation.

The foregoing summary of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be a complete description of the Employment Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.2 and incorporated herein by reference.

In addition, as described under Item 3.02 above, which is incorporated herein by reference, the Company entered into a Subscription Agreement with Mr. Rasmus, pursuant to which he agreed to purchase 950,000 shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.001 per share, from the Company for an aggregate purchase price of $1,800,000 (at a price per share of approximately $1.90). 

Other than as described herein, Mr. Rasmus has no direct or indirect material interest in any other transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities Act. In addition, there are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Rasmus and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Rasmus was selected as an officer of the Company.