ChyronHego CEO to Step Down at End of 2013

Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2013

Michael Wellesley-Wesley, who has served as CEO of Chyron (now ChyronHego) for the past 10 years, will retire at the end of 2013, when his current employment agreement expires.  He will remain on the company’s board of directors.

Wellesley-Wesley will be replaced as CEO by current ChyronHego president Johan Apel, who was the chairman and CEO of Hego AB prior to Chyron’s merger with Hego earlier this year.

“The recent completion of the combination of Chyron and Hego unites two pioneering companies to create a global leader in broadcast graphics creation, playout and real-time data visualization,” said Wellesley-Wesley. “This is a truly transformative leap forward, and it presents an appropriate opportunity to define an orderly succession whereby the leadership responsibilities for the combined company transfer to Johan Apel. Johan is superbly well qualified to develop and execute the vision, the strategies and operating concepts for ChyronHego in ways that will allow us to simultaneously address the evolving needs of customers and the expectations of our shareholders.”

According to his most recent employment contract, Wellesley-Wesley receives a base salary of $482,850 per year, as well as incentive bonus.

Wellesley-Wesley is also eligible for bonus payments under Chyron’s 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan, which is triggered if the company achieves certain GAAP revenue and budgeted non-GAAP cash flow targets. According to this plan Wellesley-Wesley is eligible to receive up to 70% of his base salary, or $337,995, if both targets are met at the 100% level.  If these targets are exceeded, by 25% or more the payout will increase by an additional 50 percent.

In August 2013, the company disclosed that during the first half of fiscal 2013, excluding the results of operations for Hego, which was acquired on May 22, 2013, Chyron achieved 106% of the target first half of 2013 GAAP-basis revenues objective and achieved 366% of the target first half of 2013 non-GAAP cash flow objective.  As a result, Wellesley-Wesley “earned an incentive compensation award of $221,231, of which the company remitted payroll withholding taxes on his behalf of $91,191 and paid him the balance of $130,040 in company common stock, based on the August 6, 2013 closing market price of $1.59 per share, resulting in the issuance of 81,786 shares.”

At that same time, Chyron terminated the 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan, and published a new management incentive compensation plan for the second half of 2013.  This was done to include new executive officers and management and align the interests of all members of management, including certain members of management that became executive officers of the Company upon the consummation of the business combination with Hego during the second quarter of 2013.

The targets for the new plan are also based on “budgeted GAAP-basis revenues for the second half of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, and budgeted Non-GAAP cash flows from operating activities for the second half of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

If both targets are achieved, Wellesley-Wesley is eligible for 70% of his base salary, or $168,998 (at 100% achievement of both performance conditions).

Chyron reported a net loss of $2.1m in the second quarter of 2013 on revenue of $10.7m, up 39% versus the same period a year ago, and up 34% versus the previous quarter.

The company’s net loss and operating loss in the second quarter of 2013 were both impacted by transaction costs associated with Chyron’s merger with Hego AB. The company says that when one-time costs,  including Hego merger-related expenses, restructuring costs and a valuation adjustment for contingent consideration related to the Hego merger in second quarter results, it posted net income of $800,000, and an operating profit of $900,000.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Press Release: ChyronHego CEO Michael Wellesley-Wesley to Retire Effective December 31, 2013; Board Selects Johan Apel as Successor

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Employment Agreement with Chyron Corporation

Chyron Corporation: 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan

ChyronHego Corporation Second Half of 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan

ChyronHego Avoids NASDAQ Delisting as Shareholder Equity Rises After Merger

Hego Merger Drives 39 Percent Revenue Increase for Chyron in Q2 2013

Chyron – Hego Stock Purchase Agreement

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Chyron to Acquire Hego Group in All-Stock Deal

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Change in Control Agreement – May 23 2013

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Change in Control Agreement – November 19, 2012

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