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): April 12, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


0-18225   77-0059951
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, California   95134-1706
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(408) 526-4000

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

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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 April 12, 2018, Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”) appointed Mark Garrett, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated, to its Board of Directors (the “Board”). Mr. Garrett is also expected to be appointed to serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.

In connection with his service as a director, Mr. Garrett will receive Cisco’s standard non-employee director cash and equity compensation. Mr. Garrett will receive a pro rata portion of the $75,000 annual retainer for his service through the remaining portion of the year ending at Cisco’s 2018 annual meeting of shareholders. If appointed to serve on any committees of the Board, he also would receive fees of $2,000 per committee meeting attended. Upon his appointment, pursuant to the Board’s equity grant policy for non-employee directors, Mr. Garrett automatically received a fully vested initial non-employee director equity award under the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan covering 3,307 shares with a grant date fair value equal to a pro rata portion of $215,000 based on the portion of the year of his board service. Non-employee directors may elect to defer receipt of the equity award such that the award would be settled in shares after the non-employee director leaves the Board.

In connection with his appointment, Mr. Garrett entered into Cisco’s standard form of director Indemnification Agreement with Cisco. Pursuant to this agreement, subject to the exceptions and limitations provided therein, Cisco has agreed to hold harmless and indemnify Mr. Garrett to the fullest extent authorized by Cisco’s articles of incorporation and California law, and against any and all expenses, judgments, fines and settlement amounts actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding arising out of his services as director. The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the form of Indemnification Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 10.8 to Cisco’s Form 10-K filed on September 20, 2004 and is incorporated by reference herein.


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: April 12, 2018     By:  

/s/ Evan Sloves

    Name:   Evan Sloves
    Title:   Secretary