SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): April 29, 2017
22nd Century Group, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of
|(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer|
9530 Main Street
Clarence, New York
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (716) 270-1523
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|Item 5.02(e):||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
On April 29, 2017, the stockholders of 22nd Century Group, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the 22nd Century Group, Inc. 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan as amended and restated (the “Plan”) to increase the number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the Plan by 5,000,000 shares. The Plan was filed as Appendix A to the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed March 17, 2017 and the terms thereof are incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 5.07(a )and (b):||Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.|
On April 29, 2017, the Company held an annual meeting of its stockholders to vote on the following proposals:
Proposal One: To elect a Class III director, James W. Cornell, to serve until the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified. In accordance with the voting results listed below, the nominee was elected to serve as a director.
|Nominee||Votes For||Votes Withheld||Broker Non-Votes|
|James W. Cornell||16,587,744||5,052,163||39,468,477|
Proposal Two: To approve an advisory resolution on executive compensation for fiscal year 2016. In accordance with the voting results listed below, the Company’s executive compensation for fiscal year 2016 has been approved.
Proposal Three: To approve the Plan to increase the number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under that plan by 5,000,000 shares. In accordance with the voting results listed below, the Plan has been approved.
Proposal Four: The audit committee of the Board of Directors selected the accounting firm of Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. to serve as the Company’s independent registered certified public accounting firm for the year 2017. The audit committee directed that the appointment of the independent accountants be submitted for ratification by the stockholders at the annual meeting. Therefore, in accordance with the voting results listed below, Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. will serve as the independent registered certified public accountants for the Company for the year 2017.
|Item 9.01(d):||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|Exhibit 10.1||22nd Century Group, Inc. 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference from Appendix A to the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed March 17, 2017)|
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.
|22nd Century Group, Inc.|
|/s/ Henry Sicignano III|
|Date: May 3, 2017||Henry Sicignano III|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|