8-K 1 tm2039246d3_8k.htm FORM 8-K






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 22, 2020


Nikola Corporation 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer  
Identification No.)  


4141 E Broadway Road
Phoenix, AZ

(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)


(480) 666-1038

(Registrant’s telephone number,

including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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


Title of each class Trading symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share NKLA The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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 x


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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.


On December 22, 2020, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Nikola Corporation (the “Company”) increased the size of the Board to ten directors, and appointed Mary L. Petrovich to serve as a member of the Board. Ms. Petrovich was designated a Class I director and will stand for re-election at the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders in 2021.


Ms. Petrovich, age 57, has served as an operating executive at the Carlyle Group, a global asset management company, since June 2011, and as an advisor to American Security Partners, a private equity firm, since September 2013. Ms. Petrovich served in various capacities at AxleTech International, a supplier of off-highway and specialty vehicle drive train systems and components, as Executive Chair from December 2014 through July 2019, following its acquisition by General Dynamics, as General Manager from 2008 to 2011, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, from 2001 to 2008. Ms. Petrovich has served on the board of directors of Woodward, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWD), a designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets, since 2002. Ms. Petrovich served as a director of WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a global supplier of electronic, mechanical, electro-mechanical and aerodynamic products for manufacturers of commercial trucks, buses and trailers, and passenger cars, from November 2011 to December 2018. Ms. Petrovich also serves as chairman of the board of DealerShop, North America’s largest buying group for car dealers and a private company, and Traxen, a private company focused on developing useful combination of technologies to promote safe driving, efficient fuel use and to provide beneficial and actionable big data to heavy-duty trucking industry. Ms. Petrovich holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. In connection with her appointment to the Board, Ms. Petrovich will enter into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement.


Ms. Petrovich will receive compensation for her service as a non-employee director, as described under the heading “Directors and Executive Officers—Director Compensation” in Item 2.01 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2020.


Ms. Petrovich has no family relationships with any of the Company’s directors or executive officers, and she has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Item 8.01Other Events.


On December 23, 2020, the Company announced the termination of its agreement with Republic Services, Inc. to develop refuse trucks. As previously announced, Republic Services, Inc. had agreed to order 2,500 electric refuse trucks, with the ability to order up to 5,000 units.






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: December 23, 2020


  By: /s/ Britton M. Worthen
  Britton M. Worthen
  Chief Legal Officer and Secretary