Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 21, 2023

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North Carolina001-3885483-2680248
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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 August 21, 2023, the Board of Directors of Kontoor Brands, Inc. (the “Company”) announced Joseph A. Alkire as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective August 31, 2023. Mr. Alkire will succeed Rustin Welton, who will be transitioning out of his current role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective August 31, 2023, and will serve in an advisory role for a transition period.
Mr. Alkire, age 43, most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at BrüMate Inc., a high-growth private equity backed consumer products company from November 2021 to August 2023.
From July 2010 to July 2021, Mr. Alkire held various finance positions at VF Corporation, an active-lifestyle company with a portfolio of outdoor, active, workwear and streetwear brands, including as Vice President, Corporate Development, Treasury, Investor Relations; Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations; and Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to VF Corporation, he was an equity research associate at William Blair & Company, LLC and started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and RSM McGladrey. Mr. Alkire holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Alkire’s annual base salary will be $700,000, his annual target short-term incentive award opportunity will be equal to 75% of his base salary and his annual target long-term incentive award opportunity will be equal to $1,275,000. For 2023, his short-term and long-term incentive award opportunities will be prorated. In addition, Mr. Alkire will receive a one-time sign-on equity award of approximately $1,600,000 (calculated based on a 30-day stock price average to determine the number of shares granted) comprised of 60% performance-based restricted stock units and 40% time-based restricted stock units. The performance-based restricted stock units will vest at the end of the fiscal 2025 performance period and the time-based restricted stock units will vest over a two-year period; 50% on the first anniversary of the grant and 50% on the second anniversary of the grant. Mr. Alkire will also receive a one-time cash sign-on bonus in the amount of $200,000. The Company will provide Mr. Alkire with perquisites on terms substantially similar to those that apply for other executive officers of the Company, including relocation services and benefits consistent with the Company’s relocation policy. While employed by the Company, Mr. Alkire will be eligible to participate in the Company’s health, welfare and other benefits arrangements and programs available to the Company’s employees generally, in accordance with their terms.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Alkire and any director or executive officer of the Company, and there are no transactions between Mr. Alkire and the Company that would be required to be reported under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
A copy of the Company’s press release announcing the retirement of Mr. Welton and the appointment of Mr. Alkire is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
Press release issued by Kontoor Brands, Inc., dated August 21, 2023.
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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 hereunto duly authorized.
Date: August 21, 2023
/s/ Thomas L. Doerr, Jr.
Thomas L. Doerr, Jr.
Title:Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary