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): December 31, 2017
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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|5790 Widewaters Parkway, DeWitt, New York||13214|
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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.
(b) On December 31, 2017, the following members of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Community Bank System, Inc. (the “Company”), retired from the Board in accordance with the Company’s mandatory retirement policy for directors: Nicholas A. DiCerbo, James A. Gabriel and Edward S. Mucenski. Pursuant to the Company’s Bylaws, a director is required to retire from the Board on December 31st of the year in which he or she attains the age of 70.
Messrs. DiCerbo and Gabriel have served as directors of the Company and its subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. (the “Bank”), since 1984. Mr. Mucenski has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since 2010.
Due to the decrease in the size of the Board, in order to retain equality of size among the three director classes as nearly as practicable, Eric E. Stickels, who previously served in Class II, has been reclassified as a Class III director to serve for a term ending at the 2019 annual meeting of shareholders or until his successor is duly elected and qualified or his earlier resignation or removal.
(e) Effective January 1, 2018, the Company and the Bank entered into a renewal of the employment agreement and an amendment to the supplemental retirement plan agreement with Mark E. Tryniski, the Company’s and Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Tryniski’s Employment Agreement was renewed for another three-year term on substantially similar terms as his prior three-year employment agreement which expired on December 31, 2017. The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Tryniski shall continue to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank during the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. During the term of the Agreement, the Company shall pay a base salary at an annual rate of $800,000, which will be reviewed and may be adjusted in future years in accordance with the Company’s regular payroll practices for executive employees. Mr. Tryniski will be eligible to receive annual incentive compensation under the terms of the Company’s Management Incentive Plan (“MIP”) as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board. The Employment Agreement may be terminated by the Company for cause at any time, and shall terminate upon Mr. Tryniski’s death or disability. In the event Mr. Tryniski is terminated without cause, he will be entitled to the greater of (i) 200 percent of the sum of his annual base salary at the time of termination and the most recent payment to him under the Company’s MIP, or (ii) the amount of base salary and expected MIP payments that otherwise would have been payable to Mr. Tryniski through the unexpired term of the agreement. If Mr. Tryniski’s employment is terminated for reasons other than cause, death, or disability within two years following a change in control of the Company, or if Mr. Tryniski voluntarily resigns during this period based upon an involuntary and material adverse change in his authority, duties, responsibilities, base salary, or the geographic location of his assignment, he shall be entitled to three times his base salary and his incentive compensation award for the year immediately preceding the change in control and continuation of certain benefits for a 36 month period. Mr. Tryniski is subject to non-compete provisions which restricts his ability to engage in competing business activities for one year following termination of employment or to solicit customers of the Company or Bank for two years following termination of employment.
Mr. Tryniski’s Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement, dated December 30, 2008, was amended to adjust the benefit formula specified in that agreement. For years of service that Mr. Tryniski may earn after 2017, the annual accrual factor in the benefit formula has been increased from 3.0 percent to 3.75 percent. The other applicable factors in the formula remain the same and the overall retirement percentage (i.e., years of service times accrual factor) remains capped at 60 percent of Mr. Tryniski’s final five-year average compensation. The retirement benefit determined under the formula (as capped) is reduced by the amount of any Company-provided benefits that are payable to Mr. Tryniski pursuant to the Company’s pension plan and 401(k) plan. Mr. Tryniski’s (net) supplemental retirement benefit is payable beginning on the first day of the seventh month that follows his separation from service with the Company. Unless Mr. Tryniski elects payment in another equivalent life annuity form, the supplemental benefit is payable in the form a single life annuity for Mr. Tryniski’s life. The Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement was also amended to provide that the supplemental benefit will be determined without regard to any reduction for early retirement, if Mr. Tryniski retires after reaching the 60 percent cap, and to eliminate any potential benefit enhancement related to a change in control event.
The foregoing descriptions of Mr. Tryniski’s Employment Agreement and the Amendment to the Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the copies of the Employment Agreement and the Amendment to the Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and incorporated by reference.
Item 8.01 Other Events
At its December meeting, the Board approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the repurchase, at the discretion of senior management, of up to 2,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock during a twelve-month period starting January 1, 2018. Such repurchases may be made at the discretion of senior management depending on market conditions and other relevant factors and will be acquired through open market or privately negotiated transactions as permitted under Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable legal requirements. The new repurchase authorization replaces the existing program which expired on December 31, 2017.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
10.1 Employment Agreement, dated January 5, 2018, by and among Community Bank System, Inc., Community Bank, N.A. and Mark E. Tryniski.
10.2 Amendment to Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement, dated January 5, 2018, by and among Community Bank System, Inc., Community Bank, N.A. and Mark E. Tryniski.
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.
|Community Bank System, Inc.|
|By:||/s/ George J. Getman|
|Name: George J. Getman|
|Title: EVP and General Counsel|
Dated: January 5, 2018
|10.1||Employment Agreement, dated January 5, 2018, by and among Community Bank System, Inc., Community Bank, N.A. and Mark E. Tryniski|
|10.2||Amendment to Supplemental Retirement Plan Agreement, dated January 5, 2018, by and among Community Bank System, Inc., Community Bank, N.A. and Mark E. Tryniski.|