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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): April 30, 2019 
Kemper Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Commission File Number: 001-18298
 
 
 
 
DE
 
95-4255452
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
200 E. Randolph Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60601
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
312-661-4600
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(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 (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 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
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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.    ¨






Section 5. – Corporate Governance and Management.
Item 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

At its meeting on April 30, 2019, the Compensation Committee ("Committee") of the Board of Directors of Kemper Corporation ("Company") approved a Non-Employee Director Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement ("RSU Agreement"). The RSU Agreement will be used for restricted stock unit ("RSU") awards to the Company’s non-employee directors. An RSU award covering shares of the Company's Common Stock with a grant date value of $130,000 is automatically granted to each non-employee director at the conclusion of each Annual Shareholder Meeting, under the current non-employee director compensation program. The RSU Agreement provides for a one-year vesting period and conversion to common stock on the later of the vesting date or the date elected pursuant to a timely deferral election made by a non-employee director. A copy of the RSU Agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5.07.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

The Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders was held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois to vote on four proposals, for which the final vote results are set forth below.

Proposal 1:    Election of Directors.

Shareholders elected each of the nine nominees for director. Vote results were as follows:

Nominees
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstain
 
Broker Non-Votes
Teresa A. Canida
 
48,651,682
 
144,025
 
49,259
 
11,299,397
George N. Cochran
 
48,622,335
 
155,922
 
66,709
 
11,299,397
Kathleen M. Cronin
 
48,645,588
 
144,100
 
55,278
 
11,299,397
Lacy M. Johnson
 
48,645,236
 
142,261
 
57,469
 
11,299,397
Robert J. Joyce
 
48,583,847
 
193,080
 
68,039
 
11,299,397
Joseph P. Lacher, Jr.
 
48,663,461
 
118,173
 
63,332
 
11,299,397
Christopher B. Sarofim
 
48,655,069
 
123,671
 
66,226
 
11,299,397
David P. Storch
 
48,591,731
 
184,092
 
69,143
 
11,299,397
Susan D. Whiting
 
48,629,557
 
160,726
 
54,683
 
11,299,397

Proposal 2:    Advisory vote to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company's
independent registered public accountant for 2019.

A majority of shareholders voted, on an advisory basis, to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company's independent registered public accountant for 2019. Vote results were as follows:

 
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstain
 
Broker Non-Votes
 
 
59,177,896
 
756,059
 
210,408
 












Proposal 3:    Advisory vote to approve the compensation of the Company's Named Executive Officers.

A majority of shareholders voted, on an advisory basis, to approve the compensation of the Company's Named Executive Officers. Vote results were as follows:

 
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstain
 
Broker Non-Votes
 
 
46,707,685
 
1,969,625
 
167,656
 
11,299,397

Proposal 4:    Vote to approve the Company's 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

A majority of shareholders voted, in favor of the Company's 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Vote results were as follows:

 
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstain
 
Broker Non-Votes
 
 
48,359,965
 
372,975
 
112,026
 
11,299,397
Section 9. – Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.    Description
10.1 Non-Employee Director Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement


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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kemper Corporation
 
 
 
Date:
May 1, 2019
 
 
/s/  C. Thomas Evans, Jr.
 
 
 
 
C. Thomas Evans, Jr.
 
 
 
 
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel



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Section 2: EX-10.1 (EXHIBIT 10.1)

Exhibit

Exhibit 10.1
Kemper Corporation 2011 Omnibus Equity Plan
NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT
This NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made as of this ______ day of _________________, 20__ (“Grant Date”) between KEMPER CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and «name» (“Participant”) for an Award of restricted stock units (“RSUs”), each representing the right to receive one share of the Company’s common stock (“Common Stock”) on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
SIGNATURES
As of the date set forth above, the parties have accepted the terms of this Agreement by signing this Agreement by an electronic signature, and each party agrees that such signature shall not be denied legal effect, validity or enforceability solely because it was submitted or executed electronically.
KEMPER CORPORATION              PARTICIPANT
By: ____________________________________        _____________________________
«CEO or Chairman of the Board Signature and Title»    «Name»
RECITALS
A.The Board of Directors of the Company (“Board”) has adopted the Kemper Corporation 2011 Omnibus Equity Plan (“Plan”), including all amendments to date, to be administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board or any subcommittee thereof, or any other committee designated by the Board to administer the Plan (“Committee”). Capitalized terms that are not defined herein shall be defined in accordance with the Plan.
B.The Plan provides, among other things, for grants of awards to non-employee Directors of the Company, of the type, in the amounts and subject to such terms as shall be determined from time to time by the Board after considering any recommendation by the Committee.
C.The Committee has adopted Rules and Procedures for Deferral of Non-Employee Director Restricted Stock Unit Awards that permit a non-employee Director to defer the date on which an RSU granted to a non-employee Director is converted into Common Stock (“Deferral Rules and Procedures”).
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1.    Grant. The Company grants an aggregate of «shares» («shares») RSUs, which represent the Company’s unfunded and unsecured promise to issue shares of Common Stock, to the Participant, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The RSUs shall

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not entitle the Participant to any rights of a shareholder of Common Stock and the Participant has no rights with respect to the Award other than rights as a general creditor of the Company.
2.    Governing Plan. This Award is granted pursuant to the Plan, which is incorporated herein for all purposes. The Participant agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Plan, which controls in case of any conflict with this Agreement, except as otherwise provided for in the Plan. No amendment of the Plan shall adversely affect this Award in any material way without the written consent of the Participant.
3.    Restrictions on Transfer. The RSUs shall be restricted during a period (“Restricted Period”) beginning on the Grant Date and expiring on the Vesting Date (as defined in Section 4 below). During the Restricted Period, neither this Agreement, the RSUs nor any rights and privileges granted hereby may be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated in any way, whether by operation of the law or otherwise (any such disposition being referred to herein as a “Transfer”), except by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, no rights or privileges granted hereby may be Transferred during the Restricted Period to the spouse or former spouse of the Participant pursuant to any divorce proceedings, settlement or judgment. Any attempt to Transfer this Agreement, the RSUs or any other rights or privileges granted hereby contrary to the provisions hereof shall be null and void and of no force or effect, and the Company shall not recognize or give effect to any such Transfer on its books and records or recognize the person to whom such purported Transfer has been made as the legal or beneficial holder of such RSUs.
4.    Vesting and Forfeiture.
(a)    Vesting. To the extent not previously forfeited, the RSUs shall fully vest on the earliest to occur of the following (“Vesting Date”), except as otherwise provided herein:
(i)    the first anniversary of the Grant Date, if the Participant continues in Service through such anniversary date;
(ii)    the date of the Participant’s death, if the Participant dies while in Service;
(iii)    the date of the Participant’s Disability, if the Participant becomes Disabled while in Service;
(iv)    the date of a Change of Control after which the Director ceases to serve as a Director or as a member of the board of directors of any successor to the Company, unless such cessation is due to the Director’s voluntary resignation;
(v)    the expiration of the annual term of the Participant if the Participant elects not to stand for re-election as a Director; or
(vi)    any date upon which vesting is accelerated by the Committee in its discretion in accordance with the terms of the Plan.

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant makes a deferral election pursuant to the Deferral Rules and Procedures on or after the first day of the calendar year in which the RSU is awarded (as permitted by Section 409A with respect to certain forfeitable rights), such Participant may be vested only upon a date or event described in Section 4(a)(i) through (iv) and if such event is a Change of Control, only if such Change of Control is a change in control event described in Treas. Reg. §1.409A-3(i)(5).
(b)    Termination of Service. If the Participant ceases to be in Service for reasons other than the Participant’s death or Disability, then all unvested RSUs shall be forfeited to the Company on the date of such cessation of Service.
(c)    Certain Definitions.
(i)    “Service” means the period during which the Participant is a Director.
(ii)    “Disabled” or “Disability” means that the Participant either:
(A)    is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or
(B)    is determined to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board.
5.    Dividend Equivalents. If a cash dividend is declared and paid by the Company with respect to the Common Stock during the Restricted Period, the Participant shall be eligible to receive a cash payment equal to the total cash dividend the Participant would have received had the RSUs been actual shares of Common Stock (“Dividend Equivalents”), provided that the Participant vests in the RSUs. Any such cash payment shall be made on the Vesting Date. After the Vesting Date and prior to the settlement date, as defined in Section 6 (the “Settlement Date”), the Participant shall be entitled to receive payment of Dividend Equivalents on the date that the dividends are payable to holders of the Company’s Common Stock.
6.    Conversion of RSUs; Issuance of Common Stock. Except as otherwise provided in Section 10, the Company shall cause one share of Common Stock to be issued for each vested RSU on the Settlement Date, as defined below:
(a)    For a Participant who does not elect to defer the Settlement Date pursuant to the Deferral Rules and Procedures, the Settlement Date shall be the Vesting Date or any date after the Vesting Date which is no later than the first to occur of (a) March 15th following the calendar year in which the Vesting Date occurred, or (b) 90 days following the Vesting Date; and
(b)    For a Participant who elects to defer the Settlement Date pursuant to the Deferral Rules and Procedures, the Settlement Date shall be such date as the Participant elected, in accordance with such procedures, to have the RSUs converted to shares of

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Common Stock, except that in the event the Vesting Date is accelerated due to the Participant’s death, Disability or pursuant to a Change of Control, the Settlement Date shall be the date described in Section 6(a) if the Participant’s deferral election was permitted pursuant to Treas. Reg. §1.409A-2(a)(5) (relating to initial deferral elections with respect to certain forfeitable rights) and was not otherwise permissible under Treas. Reg. §1.409A-2.
Any issuance of Common Stock shall be in book-entry form, registered in the Participant’s name (or in the name of the Participant’s Representative, as the case may be), in payment of whole RSUs. Any fractional shares of Common Stock that would otherwise be issued to the Participant shall instead be paid in the form of cash.
7.    Fair Market Value of Common Stock. The fair market value (“Fair Market Value”) of a share of Common Stock shall be determined for purposes of this Agreement by reference to the closing price of a share of Common Stock as reported by the New York Stock Exchange (or such other exchange on which the shares of Common Stock are primarily traded) for the applicable date or if no prices are reported for that day, the last preceding day on which such prices are reported (or, if for any reason no such price is available, in such other manner as the Committee in its sole discretion may deem appropriate to reflect the fair market value thereof).
8.    Section 409A. The Company intends that the Award hereunder shall either be exempt from the application of, or compliant with, the requirements of Section 409A and this Award Agreement shall be interpreted and administered in accordance with such intent. In no event shall the Company and/or its Affiliates be liable for any tax, interest or penalties that may be imposed on the Participant (or the Participant’s estate) under Section 409A.
9.    Shares to be Issued in Compliance with Federal Securities Laws and Other Rules. No shares of Common Stock issuable in settlement of the RSUs shall be issued and delivered unless and until there shall have been full compliance with all applicable requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Act”) (whether by registration or satisfaction of exemption conditions), all applicable listing requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (or such other exchange(s) or market(s) on which shares of the same class are then listed) and any other requirements of law or of any regulatory bodies having jurisdiction over such issuance and delivery. The Company shall use its best efforts and take all necessary or appropriate actions to ensure that such full compliance on the part of the Company is made. By signing this Agreement, the Participant represents and warrants that none of the shares to be acquired in settlement of the RSUs will be acquired with a view towards any sale, transfer or distribution of said shares in violation of the Act, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, or any applicable “blue sky” laws, and that the Participant hereby agrees to indemnify the Company in the event of any violation by the Participant of such Act, rules, regulations or laws. The Company will use its best efforts to complete all actions necessary for such compliance so that settlement can occur within the period specified in Section 6; provided that if the Company reasonably anticipates that settlement within such period will cause a violation of applicable law, settlement may be delayed provided that settlement occurs at the earliest date at which the Company reasonably anticipates that such settlement will not cause a violation of applicable law, all in accordance with Treas. Reg. §1.409A-2(b)(7)(ii).

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10.    Certain Adjustments; Change in Control. If, during the term of this Agreement, there shall be any stock splits, reorganizations, equity restructurings and similar matters, the Committee shall make or cause to be made an appropriate and equitable substitution, adjustment or treatment with respect to the RSUs in a manner consistent with Sections 4.4 and 19.2 of the Plan. The Committee’s determination as to what adjustments shall be made, and the extent thereof, shall be final, binding and conclusive. No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be issued under the Plan on any such adjustment. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, the RSUs may be subject to early vesting or termination in connection with a Change in Control in accordance with the provisions of Section 18.3 of the Plan.
11.    Participation by Participant in Other Company Plans. Nothing herein contained shall affect the right of the Participant to participate in and receive benefits under and in accordance with the then current provisions of any retirement plan or employee welfare benefit plan or program of the Company or of any Affiliate of the Company in which non-employee Directors are otherwise eligible to participate.
12.    No Right to Continue as a Director. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as an agreement by the Company, expressed or implied, that the Award Holder has a right to continue as a Director for any period of time or at any particular rate of compensation.
13.    Death of Participant. In the event of the Participant’s death prior to the Settlement Date, delivery of shares of Common Stock pursuant to Section 6 shall be made to the duly appointed and qualified executor or other personal representative of the Participant, to be distributed in accordance with the Participant’s will or applicable intestacy law.
14.    Arbitration. In lieu of litigation by way of court or jury trial, any dispute or controversy arising hereunder shall be settled by arbitration pursuant to the terms of this paragraph.  The parties agree that this Agreement provides sufficient consideration for that obligation and the mutual promises to arbitrate also constitutes consideration for this agreement to arbitrate.  The following terms and conditions shall apply to such arbitration hereunder. The arbitration shall be conducted before a single arbitrator in accordance with the Employment Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) then in effect, and shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act. Judgment may be entered on the award of the arbitrator in any court having jurisdiction. Unless provided otherwise in the arbitrator’s award, each party will pay its own attorneys’ fees and costs. To the extent required by law or the AAA Rules, all administrative costs of arbitration (including filing fees) and the fees of the arbitrator will be paid by the Company. The Participant and the Company waive the right for any dispute to be brought, heard, decided, or arbitrated as a class and/or collective action (or joinder or consolidation with claims of any other person), and the parties agree that, regardless of anything else in this arbitration provision or the AAA Rules, the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of the class action waiver in this provision may only be determined by a court and not an arbitrator.  Regardless of anything else in this Agreement, this arbitration provision may not be modified or terminated absent a writing signed by the Participant and the Company stating an intent to modify or terminate the arbitration provision. 

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15.    Governing Law. Except as otherwise provided in Section 14, this Agreement and any disputes hereunder shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without application of its conflicts of laws principles.
16.    Miscellaneous. This Agreement, together with the Plan, is the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the RSUs granted hereby and may not be amended except in a writing signed by both the Company and the Participant or his or her Representative. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid, it shall be modified to the extent possible and minimally necessary to be enforceable, and, in any event, the remainder of this Agreement will be in full force and effect.


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