Posted 02 January, 2024

Edgio, Inc. appointed Todd Hinders as new CEO

Nasdaq:EGIO appointed new Chief Executive Officer Todd Hinders in a 8-K filed on 02 January, 2024.

  Appointment of Todd Hinders as Chief Executive Officer  

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Overview of Edgio, Inc.
Technology • Internet/Online
Edgio, Inc. engages in the provision of content delivery network services. Its products include digital content and video delivery, cloud security, edge computing, origin storage and support services. The company was founded by Michael M. Gordon, Allan M. Kalpan, Nathan F. Raciborski and William H. Rinehart in June 2001 and is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ.
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Relevant filing section
Item 5.02. 
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 

Departure of Robert Lyons 

On January 2, 2024, Edgio, Inc. (the "Company") announced that Robert Lyons has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of December 31, 2023, and has resigned from the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") as of such date. There were no disagreements between Mr. Lyons and the Company. 

Appointment of Todd Hinders as Chief Executive Officer 

In connection with Mr. Lyons' departure, the Board has appointed Todd Hinders to the position of Chief Executive Officer effective as of January 1, 2024. Mr. Hinders has also been appointed as a member of the Board, effective as of January 1, 2024. 

Mr. Hinders, age 53, has served as the Company's Chief Revenue Officer since May 2023. Before joining the Company, Mr. Hinders led global sales and customer success for AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services company, which provides encoded, packaging and secure delivery on AWS, overseeing go-to-market activities for AWS Elemental Media Services, from January 2015 to January 2021; at which time he moved to head AWS Edge Services Global accounts go-to-market team. Prior to his time at AWS Elemental, Mr. Hinders was the Senior Director, Global Media & Service Provider for Video Sales at Cisco from September 2010 to January 2015. From November 2005 to September 2010, Mr. Hinders was the SVP, Sales and Customer Success at ExtendMedia, a content media services company that was acquired by Cisco in 2010. Prior to joining ExtendMedia, Mr. Hinders held various sales management positions with Maven Networks (acquired by Yahoo!), National Geographic and LoudeEye (formerly, encoding.com). Mr. Hinders is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a B.S. in Behavioral Psychology. Mr. Hinders does not have any family relationships with any of the Company's directors or executive officers and is not a party to any transactions listed in Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Hinders and any third party pursuant to which he was selected as an officer or director. 

Compensation Arrangement with Mr. Hinders 

In connection with Mr. Hinders' appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Compensation Committee of the Board approved the following adjustments to Mr. Hinders' existing compensation package: (i) an increase in annual base salary from $380,000 to $525,000, (ii) an increase in target annual incentive opportunity from 75% to 100% of base salary and (iii) providing that the annual incentive to be paid in respect of the 2024 calendar year will be structured such that 25% of Mr. Hinders' target annual incentive will be paid on April 1, 2024 subject to his continued employment with the Company through such date (the "Q1 Payment"), and the remaining 75% will be based on achievement of the applicable annual performance goals to be established by the Board for the 2024 calendar year. If Mr. Hinders resigns voluntarily or is terminated by the Company for "cause", in each case, prior to June 30, 2024, Mr. Hinders will be required to repay to the Company the after-tax value of the Q1 Payment. The Company expects to enter into an amended employment agreement with Mr. Hinders in order to memorialize these compensation adjustments and to reflect Mr. Hinders' position as Chief Executive Officer. 

Separation Package for Mr. Lyons 

The Company expects to enter into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Lyons memorializing the terms of his employment agreement. Mr. Lyons' separation with the Company will constitute a termination by the Company without "cause" under his employment agreement. Pursuant to the terms of Mr. Lyons' employment agreement, upon a termination by the Company without "cause", in consideration for Mr. Lyons executing and not revoking a separation and release of claims agreement, Mr. Lyons would be entitled to receive the following severance payments and benefits: (i) continued base salary payments for twelve (12) months following the date of his termination of employment (the "Severance Period"), (ii) payment of his annual incentive bonus earned in respect of the 2023 calendar year, in an amount equal to $55,000, (iii) vesting of 193,467 restricted stock units under the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan, and (iv) payment by the Company of the premiums required to be paid by Mr. Lyons to obtain continued healthcare coverage for him and his eligible dependents during the Severance Period. In addition, Mr. Lyons' vested stock options would remain exercisable for six (6) months following the date of his termination of employment. As a condition to receiving the foregoing payments and benefits, Mr. Lyons would be required to enter into a separation and release agreement and continue to comply with any confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-disparagement covenants to which he is subject.