8-K
PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES CO false 0001038357 0001038357 2022-07-08 2022-07-08

 

 

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): July 8, 2022

 

 

PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   1-13245   75-2702753

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

777 Hidden Ridge

Irving, Texas 75038

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

(972) 444-9001

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, par value $.01 per share   PXD   New York Stock Exchange

(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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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.

On July 8, 2022, Margaret M. Montemayor, Pioneer Natural Resources Company’s (the “Company”) Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, notified the Company she will be departing the Company effective July 14, 2022. Ms. Montemayor’s departure is not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter related to the Company’s operations, financial statements or accounting policies or practices.

Effective immediately, Christopher L. Washburn, age 39, will serve as the Company’s interim Chief Accounting Officer while the Company determines Ms. Montemayor’s successor. Mr. Washburn has served in various accounting positions with the Company for the past 16 years and most recently served as the Company’s Controller since March 2018.

In connection with his appointment as interim Chief Accounting Officer, Mr. Washburn will receive the following: (i) a $9,000 per month (the “Monthly Payment”) increase in base salary for each month that Mr. Washburn performs the role of interim Chief Accounting Officer; (ii) a one-time grant of restricted stock units valued at $82,000 that will vest ratably over three years on the anniversary of the date of grant with the number of restricted share units underlying the award being determined by dividing the value of the award by the average closing price of the Company’s stock for the previous thirty trading days ending July 31, 2022; and (iii) a potential cash performance bonus payable at the conclusion of Mr. Washburn’s service as interim Chief Accounting Officer, with the maximum payable amount equal to 150% of the total Monthly Payments earned during Mr. Washburn’s service as interim Chief Account Officer, based on the satisfaction of certain qualitative performance criteria as determined by the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee of the Board of Directors.

In addition, Mr. Washburn and the Company have entered into a change in control agreement substantially similar to agreements with the Company’s other officers. In general, the change in control agreement provides that if, in connection with or after a change in control, Mr. Washburn terminates his employment for good reason or if his employment with the Company terminates other than for cause, death, disability or normal retirement, the Company must pay him a separation payment and provide continued group medical coverage at a cost equivalent to a similarly situated active employee for two years, in addition to paying earned salary and vested benefits. The separation payment is an amount equal to the sum of (1) two times the sum of his base salary and a defined target bonus determined in accordance with the terms of the agreement, (2) a pro-rated portion of the defined target bonus based on the days elapsed in that calendar year, and (3) one-twelfth of his base salary if the date of termination is less than 30 days following the notice of termination and his employment is terminated by the Company. If the Company terminates his employment without cause following a potential change in control and if a change in control occurs within 12 months, he will be entitled upon the change of control to the payments that would have been made if he had continued as an executive officer until the change in control, as well as to a payment equal to the value of his equity-based awards that did not vest when his employment was terminated. If, after a change in control, Mr. Washburn terminates employment because he is required to relocate more than 50 miles, but is not otherwise entitled to terminate employment for good reason, then the Company must (1) pay him a reduced separation payment equal to one times his annualized base salary, (2) pay him earned salary and vested benefits, and (3) provide him with continued coverage for one year under the Company’s group medical benefit plans. The change in control agreements continue for two years following a change in control that occurs during the term of the agreement. The change in control agreements also provide for a payment equal to one times Mr. Washburn’s annual base salary in the event of his death, disability or normal retirement within two years following a change in control.

Mr. Washburn has no family relationships with any director or executive officer of the Company, and there are no arrangements or understandings with any person pursuant to which he will be selected as an officer of the Company. In addition, there have been no transactions directly or indirectly involving Mr. Washburn that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


SIGNATURES

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.

 

    PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY
        By:  

/s/ Mark H. Kleinman

      Mark H. Kleinman
      Executive Vice President and General Counsel
      Date: July 14, 2022

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