Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 14, 2021



FTC Solar, Inc.

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9020 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite I-260


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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 September 13, 2021, Anthony Etnyre and the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of FTC Solar, Inc. (the “Company”) agreed that Mr. Etnyre would step down from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of September 23, 2021. Mr. Etnyre’ s departure is not related to any disagreement with the Company, and Mr. Etnyre has agreed to remain employed by the Company for a transition period into 2022 in order to facilitate an effective transition.

Also on September 13, 2021, the Board appointed Sean Hunkler to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of September 24, 2021. Mr. Hunkler will also be appointed as a member of the Board as of the same date, and will serve as a director until the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Mr. Hunkler has been with Western Digital since August of 2018, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President of Global Operations, and having previously served as the Senior Vice President, Global Operations, and as the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Hunkler served as chief operating officer of Nexperia Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer created after its divestiture from NXP Semiconductors, from February 2017 to August 2018. From July 2012 to February 2017, he served as executive vice president, global operations of NXP Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer. Mr. Hunkler also served in senior leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola and SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials). He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from The John Hopkins University.

In connection with Mr. Hunkler’s appointment to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, the Company and Mr. Hunkler entered into an employment agreement (the “Employment Agreement”) dated September 13, 2021. Under the Employment Agreement, Mr. Hunkler will commence employment on September 24, 2021 (referred to as the “Effective Date”). The Employment Agreement provides that:

• Mr. Hunkler’s annual base salary will be $650,000, and his target annual incentive award will be 100% of his annual base salary.

• Mr. Hunkler will be eligible to participate in the Company’s long-term incentive program as adopted by the Compensation Committee of the Board from time to time in its discretion.

• Effective as of the Effective Date, Mr. Hunkler will be granted the following equity awards, subject to the terms of the Company’s 2021 Stock Plan: (i) 632,250 RSUs subject to a four-year installment vesting schedule based on continued employment, (ii) a performance-based option to acquire 1,053,750 shares of the Company’s common stock (“$30 Options”), granted at fair market value, which will be subject to a four year installment vesting schedule commencing on the first date after which the common stock has (a) closed above $30 per share on both the first and last day of any 90 day period, (b) closed above $30 per share on both the first and last day of any 60 trading day period during such 90 day period and (c) closed above $30 per share on at least 45 trading days during such 60 trading day period, provided that the $30 Options will be forfeited to the extent that such date has not occurred within 4 years of the Effective Date or between the 4-year anniversary and the 7-year anniversary of the Effective Date in certain circumstances, and (iii) a performance-based option to acquire 1,053,750 shares of the Company’s common stock (“$60 Options”), granted at fair market value, under substantially the same conditions as described for the $30 Options, replacing the $30 target with $60; provided that the $60 Option will be forfeited to the extent that the performance target has not been met prior to the 7-year anniversary of the Effective Date.


• Mr. Hunkler will also receive a cash sign-on bonus of $500,000, payable in two installments: $250,000 on the Effective Date and, if Mr. Hunkler then continues to be employed by the Company, $250,000 on the first anniversary of the Effective Date, subject to certain repayment provisions in the event that Mr. Hunkler ceases to be employed for any reason prior to the first anniversary of the Effective Date.

• If during the employment period the Company terminates Mr. Hunkler’s employment without cause or if he resigns for good reason (as such terms are defined in the Employment Agreement), then, provided he is in compliance with all applicable restrictive covenants and he signs a release which becomes effective, Mr. Hunkler will be entitled to receive: (A) prior to a change in control (as defined in the Employment Agreement), (x) cash severance equal to 1.5 times his base salary (or if greater the base salary as in effect prior to the event giving rise to good reason), payable in substantially equal installments over a

period of 18 months, (y) in a lump sum at the same time bonuses are paid to active employees generally, an amount equal to his annual bonus as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board, pro-rated for the number of days he was employed during the applicable calendar year through the applicable termination date, and (z) in a lump sum, a cash amount equal to the cost of COBRA benefits for Mr. Hunkler, his spouse and eligible dependents for a period of 18 months, or (B) within 12 months following a change in control, (i) in a lump sum, cash severance equal to 2 times the sum of his base salary and the target bonus (without regard to any reduction resulting in good reason), (ii) a prorated annual cash bonus for the year in which the date of termination occurs, based on actual performance to be paid at the same time as annual bonuses are paid to other senior officers; (iii) in a lump sum, a cash amount equal to the cost of COBRA benefits for Mr. Hunkler, his spouse and eligible dependents for a period of 18 months, (iv) full vesting of any unvested equity-based awards (at target level of achievement for any performance-based award) then held by Mr. Hunkler, and (v) reimbursement of certain legal fees if incurred by Mr. Hunkler.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Hunkler and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as President and Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company. There are also no family relationships between Mr. Hunkler and any director or executive officer of the Company and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Employment Agreement, which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending September 30, 2021.

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On September 14, 2021, FTC Solar, Inc. issued a press release announcing the transition from Mr. Etnyre to Mr. Hunkler. A copy of the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.









Press Release of FTC Solar, Inc., dated September 14, 2021



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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 thereunto duly authorized.




FTC Solar, Inc






September 14, 2021


/s/ Patrick M. Cook




Patrick M. Cook
Chief Financial Officer





FTC Solar Announces CEO Transition

Sean Hunkler named President, CEO and Board member effective Sept. 24;

joining FTC Solar at a time of significant growth for the company



AUSTIN, Texas — Sept. 14, 2021 – FTC Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FTCI), a fast-growing global provider of solar tracker systems, software and engineering services, today announced that Tony Etnyre will step down as CEO and member of the Board of Directors. The Board has appointed Sean Hunkler as his successor effective Sept. 24, 2021. Etnyre will continue to support the company on strategic matters and business development through a transition period reaching into 2022.


T.J. Rodgers, Chairman of the FTC Solar Board of Directors, said, “This transition comes at a time when Tony’s customer adoption efforts at FTC Solar are delivering unprecedented growth, but we are being challenged by a tough operational environment. The selection of Sean Hunkler to succeed Tony as CEO results from his extensive experience and demonstrated track record of driving growth and operational excellence across all aspects of global operations for industry leading companies. We are confident in Sean’s ability to take the company to the next level of operational performance, positioning FTC Solar to better serve customers worldwide while scaling the company to meet the increased demand for our products and services. We are thankful to Tony for all that he has done for FTC Solar since the company’s inception in 2017, including taking the company public to provide us with a strong balance sheet to fuel long-term growth.”


Mr. Hunkler joins FTC Solar from Western Digital Corporation where he serves as Executive Vice President of Global Operations, overseeing all aspects of global activities including providing leadership to more than 62,000 people across a network including 18 factories. Prior to joining Western Digital in 2018, Hunkler had significant semiconductor and solar experience, including serving as EVP of Global Operations for NXP Semiconductors, and then Chief Operating Officer of its spin-off company, Nexperia. Prior to those positions, he held senior leadership roles at SunEdison/MEMC Electronic Materials, Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola.


“I am honored and excited that the Board has selected me to succeed Tony as FTC Solar’s President and CEO,” said Hunkler. “It’s been outstanding to watch all that FTC Solar has accomplished in a short period of time. The company is providing differentiated products and services that are clearly resonating in the marketplace and delivering exceptional value for its customers. I will work tirelessly to build on FTC Solar’s strong foundation, further scale the company and help deliver strong results for all of our key stakeholders.”


Mr. Etnyre, who has been a member of the FTC Team since its inception and serving as CEO since March of 2019, said “It’s been a privilege to serve FTC Solar. I am proud of everything the full FTC team has accomplished so far, and I’m thankful of the support the board has shown during my tenure. I’ve known Sean for many years and have worked with him on multiple occasions. As I pass the FTC Solar CEO baton to him, I know he will be a great fit for the company and will take FTC Solar to new levels of achievement.”


About FTC Solar Inc.

Founded in 2017 by a group of renewable energy industry veterans, FTC Solar is a fast-growing, global provider of solar tracker systems, technology, software, and engineering services. Solar trackers significantly increase energy production at solar power installations by dynamically optimizing solar



panel orientation to the sun. FTC Solar’s innovative tracker designs provide compelling performance and reliability, with an industry-leading installation cost-per-watt advantage.


Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but rather are based on our current expectations and projections regarding our business, operations and other factors relating thereto. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “anticipate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and as such are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements as predictions of future events, as actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements because of several factors, including those described in more detail in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” contained therein. FTC Solar undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.


FTC Solar Investor Contact:

Bill Michalek
Vice President, Investor Relations
FTC Solar
T: (737) 241-8618
E: IR@FTCSolar.com


FTC Solar Media Contact:

Scott Deitz
On behalf of FTC Solar
T: (336) 908-7759




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