RPX Corporation
RPX Corp (Form: 8-K, Received: 03/20/2017 17:11:57)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 15, 2017

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RPX Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
 
001-35146
 
26-2990113
(State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File No.)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
One Market Plaza
 
Suite 800
 
San Francisco, CA 94105
 
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
 
(866) 779-7641
 
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
 
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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.

Appointment of Martin E. Roberts as President and Chief Executive Officer

On March 15, 2017, the Board of Directors of RPX Corporation (the “Company”) appointed Martin E. Roberts to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, with such appointment effective on the same day. Mr. Roberts was previously appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis on February 5, 2017.

Mr. Roberts served as General Counsel of the Company from October 2010 until March 2017. Prior to joining the Company in 2010, Mr. Roberts, age 56, served as General Counsel of Linden Research, Inc. where he was responsible for managing the legal department and advising the company’s board and management on legal issues and corporate governance matters. Before joining Linden Research, he was Deputy General Counsel of eBay Inc., where he managed regulatory affairs and legal operations.
 
Appointment of Magdalena Yesil to the Board of Directors

Also on March 15, 2017, the Board of Directors elected Magdalena Yesil to the Board of Directors as a Class II director until the annual meeting in 2019, effective as of the same day. Ms. Yesil was also designated to serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. The Company is aware of no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Yesil and any other person pursuant to which she was appointed as a director. There are no family relationships between Ms. Yesil and any director or executive officer of the Company. Ms. Yesil has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction or series of similar transactions contemplated by Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Ms. Yesil will participate in the compensation program for non-employee directors as described in the Company’s 2016 annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 27, 2016. Under the terms of those arrangements, Ms. Yesil has received an initial restricted stock unit award with a target value of $175,000 upon her election to the Board.

Appointment of Shelby Bonnie as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Also on March 15, 2017, the Board of Directors appointed Shelby Bonnie as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Bonnie has been a director of the Company since January 2011.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits:
Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1
 
Press release issued by RPX Corporation dated March 20, 2017












SIGNATURE
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 thereunto duly authorized.
 
RPX Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ MARTIN E. ROBERTS
 
 
Martin E. Roberts
 
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
Date: March 20, 2017






Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1
 
Press release issued by RPX Corporation dated March 20, 2017





EXHIBIT 99.1
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RPX Corporation Board of Directors Names Roberts CEO, Announces New Board Member

SAN FRANCISCO – March 20, 2017 – RPX Corporation (NASDAQ: RPXC), the leading provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions, today announced that the Board of Directors has named Marty Roberts Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Mr. Roberts had been serving as Interim CEO since February 5, 2017.

The Company also announced that Magdalena Yesil has joined its Board of Directors and that current board member Shelby Bonnie has been appointed Chairman of the Board. All appointments are effective as of March 15, 2017.

“With these strategic changes, RPX builds upon a foundation of strong leadership, and the Board is confident that the Company will continue to successfully execute against its long-term strategy to drive shareholder value,” said Mr. Bonnie.

“After conducting a search for a CEO, it was clear to us that Marty was the best candidate,” Mr. Bonnie continued. “Marty has been a long-term, senior member of the RPX team, with deep knowledge of the patent business and broader industry. His leadership and management skills will be critical in executing against the sizable opportunities that lie ahead of the Company. We are delighted to have him continue in the CEO role.”

In assuming the role of CEO and President, Mr. Roberts immediately relinquishes his role as the Company’s General Counsel.

“RPX is operating from a position of strength as we move forward, and I am excited about what’s to come,” said Mr. Roberts. “While we focus on execution of our current plans, we are also identifying opportunities to leverage the data and relationships core to our business, allowing RPX to bring greater cost efficiency not only to the patent marketplace, but also to additional functions of corporate legal departments.”

Prior to joining RPX in 2010, Mr. Roberts served as General Counsel of Linden Lab where he was responsible for managing the legal department and advising the company’s board and management on legal issues and corporate governance matters. Before joining Linden Lab, he was Deputy General Counsel of eBay Inc., where he managed regulatory affairs and legal operations. Mr. Roberts received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and a BA from the University of Virginia.

”We are also delighted that Magdalena is joining our Board,” Mr. Bonnie said. “She has extensive technology industry experience as an investor, founder, and board member of multiple companies.”

Ms. Yesil is the first investor in and founding board member of Salesforce and served on that company’s board for more than six years. She spent eight years as a general partner at the venture capital firm US Venture Partners, making 16 investments in a variety of technology start-ups. Prior to her investing career, Ms. Yesil was an entrepreneur and multiple time founder with UUnet, CyberCash, and MarketPay, and was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year by Red Herring. Most recently, she co-founded Broadway Angels, an angel group based in San Francisco. Ms. Yesil received a BS in industrial engineering and management science and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

“I have long admired RPX’s ability to innovate and bring solutions that drive transparency and efficiency around patent litigation, a problem nearly every company faces,” said Ms. Yesil. “I am pleased to be joining the Company’s Board, and I look forward to helping build upon the Company’s current success.”






About RPX

RPX Corporation (NASDAQ: RPXC) is the leading provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions. Since its founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. The San Francisco-based company's pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise, and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring patents and patent rights, RPX helps to mitigate and manage patent risk for its growing client network.

As of December 31, 2016, RPX had invested over $2 billion to acquire more than 16,600 US and international patent assets and rights on behalf of nearly 350 clients in eight key sectors: automotive, consumer electronics and PCs, E-commerce and software, financial services, media content and distribution, mobile communications and devices, networking, and semiconductors.

RPX subsidiary Inventus is a leading international discovery management provider focused on reducing the costs and risks associated with the discovery process through the effective use of technology solutions. Inventus has been providing litigation support services to corporate legal departments, law firms and government agencies since 1991.

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