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Washington, D.C. 20549













Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 12, 2021 





(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)  




Delaware   0-26770   22-2816046

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


21 Firstfield Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)


(240) 268-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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




Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading
  Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share   NVAX   The Nasdaq Global Select Market


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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 April 12, 2021, Gregory F. Covino resigned as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) effective April 12, 2021. Mr. Covino will remain an executive advisor to the Company under a new employment arrangement. In connection with Mr. Covino’s resignation, the Company appointed John J. Trizzino, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and Chief Business Officer of the Company, to serve as interim Chief Financial Officer.


Mr. Covino’s employment as an executive advisor of the Company will be on an at-will basis pursuant to an employment agreement (the “Employment Agreement”), pursuant to which Mr. Covino is entitled to an annual base salary of $262,500. Under the Company’s incentive bonus program, Mr. Covino is eligible to receive an annual target performance bonus of 40% of his base salary, or any other percentage determined by the Board, based upon achievement by Mr. Covino and the Company of certain specified goals determined by the Chief Executive Officer and the Board. The bonus may be paid out partly in cash and partly in shares of stock options or restricted stock at the discretion of the Board. Under this employment arrangement, Mr. Covino’s outstanding equity awards will continue to vest.


The Employment Agreement also includes confidentiality provisions and non-competition and non-solicitation provisions that would last for a period of 12 months following termination of his employment.


There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Covino and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Covino was appointed as executive advisor of the Company. There are no family relationships between Mr. Covino and any director or officer of the Company. Mr. Covino has no material direct or indirect interest in a related party transaction that requires disclosure.


The foregoing description of the material terms of Mr. Covino’s Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Employment Agreement, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.






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.


  Novavax, Inc.
Date: April 16, 2021 By: /s/ John A. Herrmann III
  Name: John A. Herrmann III
  Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary