Avid Replaces Chief Accounting Officer

Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 01 2013

Avid said that Karl Johnsen, the company’s chief accounting officer & controller has left the company and has been replaced on an interim basis by John Frederick, Avid’s EVP, CFO & Chief Administrative Officer.

Frederick, who joined Avid in February 2013 as Chief of Staff became CFO in April 2013, replacing Ken Sexton, who has been Avid’s CFO since 2008 under previous CEO Gary Greenfield. Prior to joining Avid, Frederick was the Corporate EVP and CFO at Open Solutions, where he served under current Avid CEO Louis Hernandez.

The company said “no additional arrangement or understanding with Mr. Frederick was entered into in connection with Mr. Frederick becoming the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer.”

This latest change in the company’s high level finance personnel comes during a time where Avid is in the middle of a major review of its previous accounting practices.

In February 2013, Avid announced that it would delay the release of its Q4 and full-year 2012 results in order “to provide additional time for the company to evaluate its current and historical accounting treatment related to bug fixes, upgrades and enhancements to certain products which the company has provided to certain customers.”

Because of this review, Avid also delayed the filing its annual 10-K with securities regulators. As a result, Avid was notified by NASDAQ in March 2013 that the company no longer complies with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of periodic reports with the SEC.  Failure to comply with this rule could result in the delisting of Avid’s shares from the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

At that time, Avid said it was “working diligently to complete the review and continues to focus its efforts on completing the Form 10-K filing as soon as possible,” and that it intends to submit a plan to NASDAQ staff as to how it intends to regain compliance with continued listing requirements.

Under NASDAQ’s rules, the company has until May 20, 2013 to submit this plan.


According to the filing, Johnsen will transition to a consulting role for three months and receive six months’ salary continuation, and other customary provisions.



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