Amends the Cooperation Agreement with Donerail; William Wyatt to be Added to Additional Governance Committees and Waives Replacement Rights for Outgoing Director
Highlights Significant Recent Improvements Made by the Refreshed Turtle Beach Board of Directors in Furtherance of Its Commitment for Best-in-Class Corporate Governance
Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR, the "Company"), a leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand, continues to take actions to further its mission for best-in-class Corporate Governance.
The Board of Directors (“Board”) announced today a waiver agreement under the May 13, 2022, Cooperation Agreement signed between the Board and one of its largest shareholders, The Donerail Group (“Donerail”). In the mutually agreed-upon waiver, Donerail has elected to waive its right to replace an outgoing director, Brian Stech, who has announced his decision not to stand for re-election at the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting. Mr. Stech is graciously thanked for his time and contribution to Turtle Beach over the past year.
In conjunction with this announcement, Mr. Wyatt, in his capacity as shareholder representative, will be added to the CEO Search Committee and the Compensation Committee in addition to the previously announced appointment of Mr. Wyatt to the Value Enhancement Committee of the Board.
This is the latest step that the Board has taken to demonstrate its commitment to best-in-class corporate governance.
In recent months, the Turtle Beach Board has taken the following actions:
- Separated the Chair and CEO roles effectively May 1, 2023 with the appointment of Terry Jimenez as Chairman of the Board
Appointed a new Chairperson to each ongoing committee - all of whom are women
- Katie Scherping, Audit Committee Chair
- Michelle Wilson, Compensation Committee Chair
- Julia Sze, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Completed a majority refreshment of the Turtle Beach Board members
- Majority of members have been with the Board less than fifteen months
- Completed significant improvements in the diversity of the Board
- Appointed a large shareholder as a Board member
- Announced an early termination of the shareholder rights plan some nine months ahead of schedule
- Waiver by Donerail Group of their board replacement rights (as described above)
These changes come in addition to the recent administrative changes completed recently:
- Announced new Interim CEO to start July 1, 2023
- The Company has made a change in auditors to EY (Ernst & Young)
- The company has additionally made a change in its Financial Advisor, which advises the Company and the Board on market conditions and strategic alternatives
The Turtle Beach Board will continue to strive for governance best practices and will provide associated updates as they develop.
About Turtle Beach Corporation
Turtle Beach Corporation (the “Company”) (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing best-selling gaming headsets, top-rated game controllers, and groundbreaking gaming simulation accessories. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products for all types of gamers, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.ROCCAT.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC Accessories. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.
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