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): July 2, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-14187   02-0642224

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2628 Pearl Road, P.O. Box 777, Medina, Ohio   44258
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (330) 273-5090

(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 July 2, 2018, Ronald A. Rice, who had been serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of RPM International Inc. (the “Company”), elected early retirement due to the Company’s decision to streamline its reporting structure. For purposes of his Amended and Restated Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”), Mr. Rice’s retirement is regarded as a termination without cause. A form of the Agreement has been filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed on April 9, 2009 and is incorporated herein by reference. The Company and Mr. Rice have entered into a Separation Agreement and Release and Waiver of Claims pursuant to which Mr. Rice will receive compensation and benefit continuation substantially in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Agreement, but the Company has agreed to provide an additional 29 months of continued healthcare coverage, together with outplacement and financial planning assistance. Mr. Rice and the Company have also agreed to certain additional covenants relating to confidentiality, disclosure and non-disparagement, provision of assistance to the Company during the post-employment period, and remedies in the event of a breach.


Item 8.01 Other Events.

On July 6, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the foregoing action. A copy of the press release is furnished with this current report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


99.1    The Company’s press release, dated July 6, 2018.


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.


      RPM International Inc.
Date: July 6, 2018      

/s/ Edward W. Moore


Edward W. Moore

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and

Chief Compliance Officer