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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 7, 2023


Verastem, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware   001-35403   27-3269467
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


117 Kendrick Street, Suite 500, Needham, MA   02494
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (781) 292-4200


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


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading
  Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share   VSTM   The Nasdaq Capital Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


Chief Executive Officer Transition


On July 7, 2023, Brian Stuglik notified Verastem, Inc. (the “Company)” of his decision to retire as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective July 31, 2023 (the “Effective Date”). In connection with Mr. Stuglik’s retirement, he will be paid a cash bonus in the amount of $421,850 in recognition of his contributions to the Company’s achievement of its 2023 fiscal year initiatives. Mr. Stuglik will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) and will be eligible to receive annual cash retainer fees and an annual stock option grant in accordance with the Company’s director compensation policy.


In connection with the retirement of Mr. Stuglik, Daniel Paterson, 62, the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will be appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer as of the Effective Date. In connection with his appointment, Mr. Paterson will also be appointed to the Board, to serve as a Class III director. His term will expire at the Company’s 2024 annual meeting of stockholders. Upon Mr. Paterson’s appointment the Board increased the number of authorized directors from nine to ten.


Mr. Paterson remains subject to his previously disclosed, existing employment agreement, entered into as of March 1, 2012, and the Company expects to negotiate a new employment agreement with Mr. Paterson in connection with his appointment as Chief Executive Officer.


A press release announcing Mr. Stuglik’s retirement and Mr. Paterson’s appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board and other matters is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto


Item 8.01. Other Events


Commercialization Committee


On July 10, 2023, the Board established a Commercialization Committee (the “Committee”) to (i) provide strategic, directional and operational guidance to the Company regarding its product commercialization and medical launch, strategies, plans and programs; (ii) evaluate the alignment of the Company’s commercial and medical launch programs with the progress of the Company’s strategic goals and objectives; (iii) be available as a resource for management of the Company to consult with regarding all commercialization matters; and (iv) provide recommendations to the Board regarding strategic commercial decisions that may require Board approval or direction. Each of Anil Kapur, Mr. Stuglik (chair) and Karen Tollefson have been appointed as members of the Committee. Members of the Committee will be paid an annual retainer of $10,000, with the chair of the Committee to be paid an annual retainer of $20,000.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Exhibit No.    Description 
99.1   Press Release issued by Verastem, Inc. on July 11, 2023.

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL)






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.


Dated: July 12, 2023 By: /s/ Brian M. Stuglik
    Brian M. Stuglik
    Chief Executive Officer