SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 5, 2017
Crown Castle International Corp.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
1220 Augusta Drive
Houston, TX 77057
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (713) 570-3000
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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
(c) Effective September 5, 2017, the Board of Directors (Board) of Crown Castle International Corp. (Company) designated James D. Young, the Companys previous Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead the Companys fiber solutions activities and appointed him as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Fiber. In addition, the Board appointed Robert C. Ackerman as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Towers and Small Cells, effective September 5, 2017.
Mr. Ackerman, age 65, has served as Area President West Area of the Companys operating subsidiaries since February 2011. Prior to that time and since October 2002, he acted as Area President East Area of the Companys operating subsidiaries. Mr. Ackerman joined the Company in August 1998.
In connection with Mr. Ackermans appointment, the Board approved the grant to Mr. Ackerman of restricted stock units relating to 9,343 shares of Company common stock (RSUs). The RSUs are granted pursuant to the Companys 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan, as amended, and the terms of the RSUs provide for vesting in three equal installments on each of the first three anniversary dates of the grant date. Mr. Ackerman will be eligible to participate in the Companys 2017 Executive Management Team Annual Incentive Plan, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 23, 2017.
In connection with Mr. Ackermans appointment, the Company entered into a severance agreement with Mr. Ackerman, effective September 5, 2017 (Severance Agreement). The terms and provisions of the Severance Agreement are substantially similar to those described in VII. Executive Compensation Potential Payments Upon Termination of Employment on pages 51 and 52 of the Companys Definitive Proxy Statement filed on April 3, 2017 (which description is incorporated herein by reference), except as provided in the following sentence. The Severance Agreement contains provisions that generally prohibit Mr. Ackerman, from the effective date of the Severance Agreement and for one year following the termination of his employment with the Company, from engaging in business activities relating to owning or operating (1) fiber optic communication cable or equipment or (2) communications towers (including distributed antenna systems and small cells) which compete with the Company in the United States or any other country in which the Company may then operate. Except as provided in the immediately preceding sentence, the description of Mr. Ackermans Severance Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the form of severance agreement filed as Exhibit 10.47 to the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 22, 2016, which form of severance agreement is incorporated herein by reference.
ITEM 7.01 OTHER EVENTS
On September 5, 2017, the Company issued a press release, furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1, announcing the appointment of Mr. Young as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Fiber and the appointment of Mr. Ackerman as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Towers and Small Cells.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
|99.1||Press Release dated September 5, 2017|
The information in Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
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.
|CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP.|
|By:||/s/ Kenneth J. Simon|
|Name:||Kenneth J. Simon|
|Title:||Senior Vice President and General Counsel|
Date: September 5, 2017