Commvault Announces Agreement with Starboard
Three New Independent Directors with Experience in Cloud, Software and SaaS to Join Board
New Operating Committee to Oversee Budgeting Process and Establish Margin Targets and Balanced Capital Allocation Policy
Commvault, a recognized global enterprise software leader in the management of data across cloud and on-premises environments, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates (“Starboard”), an investment firm which owns approximately 9.3% of Commvault’s outstanding common stock.
As part of the agreement, three new independent directors, Todd Bradley, Allison Pickens and Arlen Shenkman, will join Commvault’s Board of Directors, effective June 7, 2020. In addition, the Board will create a new Operating Committee, which will oversee the Company’s budgeting process and work with management to establish margin targets and a balanced capital allocation policy for the Company, which the Company has agreed to announce publicly no later than the Company’s earnings announcement for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The Operating Committee will be comprised of Mr. Bradley, Charles Moran and Mr. Shenkman, with Mr. Shenkman serving as Chair.
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“With our industry-leading technology and commitment to innovation, Commvault has significant opportunities for growth and value creation, particularly given the number of companies moving to remote working environments. Today’s agreement reflects the Board and leadership team’s commitment to realizing these opportunities and our alignment with Starboard on additional directors and actions to support these efforts,” said Nicholas Adamo, Chairman of the Commvault Board.
“We have been evolving the Board’s skill set with an emphasis on experience in software and cloud to advance our transformation. We are pleased to add three highly qualified directors who bring both targeted experience and diversity to the Board. We also expect the new Operating Committee to build on the progress Sanjay Mirchandani has made since being appointed CEO, including important changes to our operating priorities, improvements to our go-to-market strategy and investments in Commvault’s technology differentiation,” Mr. Adamo continued.
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Jeff Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Starboard, said, “We appreciate the collaborative dialogue we have had with Commvault’s Board and leadership team. Commvault is an outstanding company. We believe the expertise provided by these new directors and the focus of the Board’s Operating Committee will help improve Commvault’s profitable growth, return on investment, and enhance value creation.”
In connection with the agreement, Alan Bunte, Frank Fanzilli and Daniel Pulver will be departing the Board.
Mr. Adamo continued, “On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Al, Frank and Dan for their dedicated service and contributions to Commvault. We appreciate their leadership, and we wish them the best.”
With the changes announced today, Commvault’s Board will be comprised of 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent, and Commvault will have added a diverse group of seven new independent directors since 2018.
Pursuant to the agreement, Starboard agreed to withdraw its director nominations previously submitted to the Company and support the Board’s full slate of directors at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Starboard also agreed to abide by customary standstill provisions and voting commitments. The complete agreement will be filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as an exhibit to the Current Report on Form 8-K.
Centerview Partners LLC is acting as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Commvault.
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