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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): July 24, 2023



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-33261   95-2705790
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation or organization)        


241 18th Street South, Suite 415    
Arlington, Virginia   22202
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (805) 520-8350


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


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value AVAV The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers.


On July 24, 2023, Catharine Merigold, a member of the AeroVironment, Inc. (the “Company”) Board of Directors (the “Board”), notified the Board that she would not stand for re-election as a director of the Company. Ms. Merigold’s decision not to stand for re-election was not due to any disagreement with the Company, its auditors or advisors on any matter relating to the Company or its operations, policies or practices. Ms. Merigold’s term is scheduled to end at the start of the Company’s 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, anticipated to be held on September 29, 2023 (the “Annual Meeting”).


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure


On July 27, 2023, the Company issued a press release regarding Ms. Merigold’s decision not to stand for re-reelection to the Board, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.


The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. Such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d)  Exhibits.


Number   Description
99.1   Press release issued by AeroVironment, Inc., dated July 27, 2023
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).







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: July 27, 2023 By: /s/ Melissa Brown
    Melissa Brown
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary





Exhibit 99.1




AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Change to Board of Directors


Catharine Merigold to Resign at End of Current Term




AeroVironment Portfolio of Intelligent, Multi-Domain Robotic Systems for Defense and Commercial markets (Graphic: AeroVironment, Inc.)


ARLINGTON, Va., July 27, 2023 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced today that Catharine Merigold has decided to resign from AeroVironment’s board of directors and not stand for re-election at the company’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, at which her term will end. Merigold was first appointed to the company’s board in 2015 and serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.


“We thank Catharine for her many years of dedicated service, effective governance, and timely insights. Her background in executive leadership and venture capital for high growth businesses proved invaluable as we embarked on multiple organic and inorganic growth initiatives during her tenure,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors.”




AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can proceed with certainty. Headquartered in Virginia, AeroVironment is a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.avinc.com.









Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to perform under existing contracts and obtain additional contracts; changes in the regulatory environment; the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; failure to develop new products or integrate new technology with current products; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




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