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Section 1: 8-K

 
 
 


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 29, 2018 (May 25, 2018)
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SERITAGE GROWTH PROPERTIES
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
Maryland
001-37420
38-3976287
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1530
New York, New York
10110
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 355-7800
 
 
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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):
 
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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 May 25, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Company (the “Board”) elected Sharon Osberg as a trustee of the Company and as a member of Class II of the Board and appointed Ms. Osberg as a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board.
Ms. Osberg, 68, now retired, worked for 25 years in financial technology development and management.  The bulk of her career was spent at Wells Fargo Bank where she became Executive Vice President in charge of the newly created Online Financial Services Division.  She was responsible for charting the bank’s internet course and growing the online business.  After leaving Wells Fargo, Ms. Osberg was Chief Operating Officer for 724 Solutions, Inc. in Toronto, Canada, and has held various consulting positions for insurance, banking, and technology companies.  She also served on the Board of Directors of The Sequoia Fund for 12 years, holding the position of Chairperson from 2013 until retirement. She currently serves on the boards of Felidae, a non-profit conservation and research organization, and Orangutan Foundation International, a non-profit conservation organization.   She holds a BA degree from Dickinson College.  Ms. Osberg is a two-time world bridge champion; 5-time national bridge champion; and an avid wildlife photographer/videographer.
Ms. Osberg was not elected as a trustee of the Company pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any other person. Ms. Osberg has no family relationships with any director or executive officer of the Company and there are no transactions in which Ms. Osberg has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. The Board has determined that Ms. Osberg qualifies as “independent” under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, including as required to serve as a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board.
Ms. Osberg will be compensated for serving as a trustee of the Company in the same way as the other non-employee trustees of the Company are compensated, as described in the Company’s proxy statement relating to the 2018 annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2018.

A copy of the press release announcing Ms. Osberg’s election as a trustee of the Company is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.
Description


 
 
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 hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
SERITAGE GROWTH PROPERTIES
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Fernand
 
 
Name:
Matthew Fernand
 
 
Title:
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
 
 
Date: May 29, 2018
 
 

 
 
Exhibit Index


Exhibit No.
Description


 
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Section 2: EX-99.1

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Seritage Growth Properties Announces Appointment of Sharon Osberg to Board of Trustees

New York, NY – May 29, 2018 – Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) announced today that Sharon Osberg has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Trustees as an independent trustee. Upon her appointment, effective today, Ms. Osberg will serve on the Board’s Compensation Committee.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sharon Osberg to the Board of Trustees of Seritage,” stated Edward S. Lampert, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Seritage Growth Properties. “Sharon brings deep experience in technological innovation and operational leadership within large organizations. As we continue to grow and scale our platform in order to execute on our transformative retail redevelopment and mixed use projects, we believe Sharon will offer valuable counsel and perspective.”

Ms. Osberg worked for 25 years in financial technology development and management.  The bulk of her career was spent at Wells Fargo Bank where she became Executive Vice President in charge of the newly created Online Financial Services Division.  She was responsible for charting the bank’s internet course and growing the online business.  After leaving Wells Fargo, Ms. Osberg was Chief Operating Officer for 724 Solutions, Inc. in Toronto, Canada, and held various consulting positions for insurance, banking, and technology companies.  She also served on the Board of Directors of The Sequoia Fund for 12 years, holding the position of Chairperson from 2013 until retirement. She currently serves on the boards of Felidae, a non-profit conservation and research organization, and Orangutan Foundation International, a non-profit conservation organization.  She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Dickinson College.
Ms. Osberg fills the Board seat vacated by Kenneth T. Lombard, who was recently named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Seritage.
About Seritage Growth Properties
Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed REIT with 225 wholly-owned properties and 24 joint venture properties totaling approximately 39 million square feet of space across 49 states and Puerto Rico.  The Company was formed to unlock the underlying real estate value of a high-quality retail portfolio it acquired from Sears Holdings in July 2015.  Pursuant to a master lease, the Company has the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings for retenanting or redevelopment purposes.  The Company’s mission is to create and own revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations that provide enriched experiences for consumers and local communities, and create long-term value for our shareholders.
 
Contact
Seritage Growth Properties
646-277-1268
IR@Seritage.com
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