Palo Alto Networks Inc false 0001327567 0001327567 2022-02-16 2022-02-16





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)

February 16, 2022




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Delaware   001-35594   20-2530195

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3000 Tannery Way

Santa Clara, California 95054

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(408) 753-4000

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Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share   PANW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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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 February 16, 2022, the Compensation and People Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”) of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (the “Company”) adopted a Continued Service Policy (the “Policy”), which will be administered by the Committee or the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Administrator”). The Committee adopted this discretionary policy as an additional tool to serve several critical interests when circumstances warrant. These interests include maintaining distinctive executive ability; providing continuity of expertise in servicing our customers; minimizing the business disruption that can follow executive attrition; and solidifying succession planning.

The Policy is summarized as follows. Employees holding the title of Senior Vice President or higher (“Eligible Employees”) are eligible for continued vesting of equity awards if the Eligible Employee (i) voluntarily resigns from full-time employment; (ii) has attained the age of 55 years and has been continuously employed by the Company as a full-time employee for at least five years as of the date of such resignation or has been continuously employed by the Company as a full-time employee for at least 10 years as of the date of such resignation or transition; and (iii) maintains a continued service relationship with the Company, including by transitioning employment to an advisory role, whether as employee or independent contractor. Eligible Employees are not guaranteed benefits under the Policy. Each award of benefits under the Policy will be individually assessed and determined by the Administrator, including the determination of which equity awards that will be subject to continued vesting and the term and conditions related thereto. Eligible Employees will enter into a continued service agreement with the Company in a form approved by the Administrator.

On February 18, 2022, the Company entered into an Addendum to Employment Offer Letter with each of Mr. Dipak Golechha, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. William “BJ” Jenkins, the Company’s President. Pursuant to the terms of each of the addenda, in the event that there is a “change in control” of the Company, and we, or our successor, terminates the executive’s employment other than for “cause” or the executive terminates his employment for “good reason”, within 12 months following the “change in control” (provided that he executes an appropriate release and waiver of claims), the executive will be entitled to receive (i) a lump sum payment equal to his then-current annual base salary; (ii) 100% of his target incentive compensation for that fiscal year; (iii) reimbursement of 12 months of COBRA premiums; and (iv) accelerated vesting of any then outstanding unvested time-based equity awards, equal to the number of shares that would vest by the 12 month anniversary of his last date of employment.

The foregoing descriptions of the Policy and addenda are not complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Policy and addenda, copies of which the Company intends to file as an exhibit to a subsequent periodic report.


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.



/s/ Dipak Golechha

  Dipak Golechha
  Chief Financial Officer

Date: February 23, 2022