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):

May 21, 2019


American Superconductor Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)









(State or other jurisdiction




(IRS Employer

of incorporation)


File Number)


Identification No.)




114 East Main Street

Ayer, Massachusetts




(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (978) 842-3000


Not Applicable

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

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

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Trading Symbol(s)


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Common Stock,
$0.01 par value per share




Nasdaq Global Select Market




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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.


(b)         On May 21, 2019, John W. Wood, Jr., informed the Board of Directors of American Superconductor Corporation (the “Company”) of his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), effective at 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, May 24, 2019 (the “Effective Time”).


(d)         On May 21, 2019, the Board elected a new director, Barbara G. Littlefield, effective at the Effective Time. Ms. Littlefield will also be appointed to the Audit Committee of the Board (the “Audit Committee”), effective as of the Effective Time. She has no relationships or transactions with the Company that are required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, nor are there any arrangements or understandings with other persons pursuant to which she was selected as a director.


Ms. Littlefield will be compensated for her service on the Board and the Audit Committee in accordance with the Company’s existing compensation arrangements for non-employee directors. Ms. Littlefield will receive an automatic grant of a number of options to purchase shares of common stock under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2007 Director Stock Plan (the “2007 Director Plan”) on the third business day following her election to the Board equal to (a) $40,000 divided by (b) the Black-Scholes value of an option to purchase one share of common stock. Under the 2007 Director Plan, these options will have an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant and become exercisable in equal installments over a two-year period.


In accordance with the Company’s existing compensation arrangements for non-employee directors, Ms. Littlefield also will receive a cash retainer of $35,000 per year for her service on the Board, to be paid in the form of a quarterly retainer of $8,750, and a cash retainer of $12,000 per year for her service on the Audit Committee. Pursuant to the 2007 Director Plan, Ms. Littlefield also will receive an annual equity award consisting of fully-vested shares of common stock with an aggregate value equal to $40,000, subject to proration for any partial fiscal year of service. The Company has agreed to pay Ms. Littlefield’s travel and accommodation expenses to attend meetings and other corporate functions, along with any taxes related to such payments.







     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.







Date: May 24, 2019


/s/ John W. Kosiba, Jr.


John W. Kosiba, Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer