WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 04/26/2018 17:28:53)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 24, 2018

 

 

WisdomTree Investments, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-10932   13-3487784

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

Commission

File Number:

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

245 Park Avenue

35 th Floor

New York, NY 10167

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(212) 801-2080

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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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 Brian T. Shea as a Director

On April 24, 2018, the Board of Directors of WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Brian T. Shea to serve as a Class III member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately, with an initial term expiring at the Company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders. Mr. Shea was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of R. Jarrett Lilien in December 2017 in connection with his employment as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Head of Emerging Technologies.

Mr. Shea will receive cash and equity compensation as provided in the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Program. Pursuant to this program, upon appointment to the Board, Mr. Shea received 1,600 shares of restricted stock under the Company’s 2016 Equity Plan, which shares vest on the first anniversary of the grant date. The Company expects to enter into its standard director indemnification agreement with Mr. Shea.

Mr. Shea, 57, served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services for The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (“BNY Mellon”), a global leader in investment management and investment services, from June 2014 to December 2017. From December 2012 to June 2014, Mr. Shea served as President of Investment Services, Chairman of Pershing LLC, Head of the Broker Dealer and Advisor Services Group, Head of Client Service Delivery and Client Technology Solutions of BNY Mellon. Mr. Shea joined Pershing LLC in 1983 and served in a variety of roles including as Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2007, President and Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to October 2010 and Chief Executive Officer from October 2010 to December 2012. Pershing LLC is a market leader in clearing, technology, asset gathering and business solutions for broker dealers, registered investment advisors and hedge funds. Mr. Shea served on the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and the Insured Retirement Institute. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, and served on its Dispute Resolution Board. He also was Chairman of FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council and Membership Committee. Additionally, Mr. Shea served as Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Authority, and twice received the Chairman’s Award for distinguished service. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s University and several other not-for-profit boards. Mr. Shea received his B.S. in Business Management from St. John’s University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University.

A copy of the press release containing information about Mr. Shea’s appointment is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Appointment of Bryan Edmiston as Chief Accounting Officer and Principal Accounting Officer

Effective April 24, 2018, the Company appointed Bryan Edmiston, Director – Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy, as Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer for purposes of the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Mr. Edmiston, 42, will oversee the Company’s accounting matters. Amit Muni will continue in his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and as principal financial officer of the Company, but will no longer serve as the Company’s principal accounting officer as of the date of Mr. Edmiston’s appointment.

Since September 2016, Mr. Edmiston has served as the Company’s Director – Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy, responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the Company’s financial accounting and reporting globally as well as oversight of the Company’s financial control environment. He is also responsible for the Company’s global tax function. In December 2009, Mr. Edmiston joined the broker-dealer subsidiary of Gleacher & Company, Inc. (“Gleacher”) as a Managing Director responsible for Accounting Policy and SEC Reporting. In July 2010, he also assumed the role of Controller of this subsidiary. From August 2011 to September 2016, he served as Controller and principal accounting officer of Gleacher. From September 1997 to December 2009, he was a Senior Manager within the Banking & Capital Markets Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, servicing a number of clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Edmiston received a B.B.A in Accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Edmiston is not a party to any arrangement or understanding regarding his selection as an officer. Mr. Edmiston has no family relationships with any director, executive officer or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer of the Company. Mr. Edmiston is not a party to any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr. Edmiston has not entered into any material plan, contract, arrangement or amendment in connection with his appointment as principal accounting officer.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits:

 

Exhibit 99.1    Press Release, dated April 25, 2018

 

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SIGNATURES

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.

 

    WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
Date: April 26, 2018     By:   /s/ Amit Muni
      Amit Muni
      Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT 99.1

 

LOGO

Industry Veteran, Brian T. Shea, Appointed to WisdomTree Board of Directors

Shea to Replace Jarrett Lilien, Now WisdomTree EVP and Head of Emerging Technologies

New York, NY - (GlobeNewswire) – April 25, 2018 – WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ: WETF), an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager, today announced that Brian T. Shea, former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services at BNY Mellon, has been appointed to the Board of Directors. Mr. Shea replaces Jarrett Lilien, who stepped down from his role on the board in December 2017 and joined the firm’s executive management team as Executive Vice President and Head of Emerging Technologies.

Jonathan Steinberg, WisdomTree President and CEO, said, “It is my pleasure to welcome Brian to WisdomTree’s Board. Brian brings substantial investment services, leadership, technology and operational experience that will be a tremendous asset to our company, helping to maximize shareholder value and grow our business globally.”

Brian T. Shea was most recently Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services at BNY Mellon, and oversaw global enterprise operations and technology for the firm. Previously, Mr. Shea was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pershing, LLC. Mr. Shea served on the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and the Insured Retirement Institute. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and served on its Dispute Resolution Board. He also was Chairman of FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council and Membership Committee. Additionally, Mr. Shea served as Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Authority, and twice received the Chairman’s Award for distinguished service. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s University and several other not-for-profit boards. Mr. Shea received his B.S. in Business Management from St. John’s University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University.

More information on WisdomTree’s Board of Directors can be found here .

About WisdomTree

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada (collectively, “WisdomTree”), is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager headquartered in New York. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. WisdomTree currently has approximately $63.5 billion in assets under management globally.

WisdomTree ® is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Contact Information:

Media Relations

WisdomTree Investments, Inc.

Jessica Zaloom / Kylie Scott

+1.917.267.3735 / +1.917.267.3860

jzaloom@wisdomtree.com / kscott@wisdomtree.com

Investor Relations

WisdomTree Investments, Inc.

Jason Weyeneth, CFA

+1.917.267.3858

jweyeneth@wisdomtree.com