ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.
ZIOPHARM ONCOLOGY INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 06/15/2017 16:44:25)





Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 14, 2017



ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   001-33038   84-1475642

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


One First Avenue, Parris Building 34, Navy Yard Plaza

Boston, Massachusetts

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(617) 259-1970

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., or the Company, held its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders on June 14, 2017, at which all proposals properly brought before the meeting and requiring approval were approved by the requisite vote. The final results of the voting with respect to each proposal are set forth below.

(1) The stockholders elected six directors to serve as members of the Company’s board of directors until the next annual meeting of the stockholders. The stockholders present in person or by proxy cast the following numbers of votes in connection with the election of directors, resulting in the election of all proposed director nominees:



   For      Withheld      Broker Non-Votes  

Sir Murray Brennan, M.D., GNZM

     40,989,025        8,521,383        63,470,475  

James A. Cannon

     42,760,768        6,749,640        63,470,475  

Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr.

     42,701,365        6,809,043        63,470,475  

Randal J. Kirk

     47,437,743        2,072,665        63,470,475  

Scott Tarriff

     42,171,079        7,339,329        63,470,475  

Michael Weiser, M.D., Ph.D.

     39,398,527        10,111,881        63,470,475  

There were no abstentions with respect to Proposal 1.

(2) The stockholders ratified the appointment of RSM US LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for 2017. There were 110,874,351 votes cast for the proposal; 1,151,293 votes were cast against the proposal; 955,239 votes abstained; and there were no broker non-votes.

(3) The stockholders approved, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for the 2017 annual meeting. There were 42,010,077 votes cast for the proposal; 6,492,872 votes were cast against the proposal; 1,007,459 votes abstained; and there were 63,470,475 broker non-votes.

(4) The stockholders recommended, on a non-binding advisory basis, the preferred frequency for the solicitation of future advisory stockholder approval of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers be held every year, based on the following votes. There were 47,607,659 votes cast for one year; 414,354 votes cast for two years; 1,221,542 votes cast for three years; and 266,853 votes abstained.

Consistent with the stockholder voting results above and the recommendation of the board of directors of the Company as disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for the 2017 annual meeting, the board of directors of the Company has determined to solicit a non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers every year until the next required stockholder vote on the frequency of such non-binding advisory vote, or until the board of directors of the Company determines that a different frequency of such non-binding advisory vote is in the best interest of the Company’s stockholders.


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.


    ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.

/s/ Kevin G. Lafond

Date: June 15, 2017       Name:   Kevin G. Lafond
      Title:   Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer