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): July 31, 2009
Dolan Media Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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|222 South Ninth Street, Suite 2300
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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 July 31, 2009, our board of directors appointed Scott J. Pollei, 48, as our executive vice
president and chief operating officer and Vicki J. Duncomb, 52, as our vice president and chief
financial officer. These appointments were effective August 1, 2009. In her capacity as vice
president and chief financial officer, Ms. Duncomb will also serve as our principal financial
officer and principal accounting officer. Ms. Duncomb will also continue to serve as our corporate
Mr. Pollei had previously served as our executive vice president and chief financial officer since
December 2001. From January 1994 to December 2001, Mr. Pollei served as our vice president of
finance. Prior to 1994, Mr. Pollei was a senior manager at KPMG, LLP. Mr. Pollei is an inactive
certified public accountant.
Ms. Duncomb had previously served as our vice president of finance since July 2006 and as our
corporate secretary since April 2007. From February 2000 through March 2006, Ms. Duncomb served as
the director of finance and operations for the McGraw-Hill Companies Healthcare Information Group,
an Edina, Minnesota-based educational and professional healthcare information provider.
Other than their employment with us, neither Mr. Pollei nor Ms. Duncomb has a direct or indirect
material interest in any transaction since January 1, 2009, or any currently proposed transaction,
to which we are or to be a party in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000, nor were there any
arrangements or understandings between either of them and any other persons pursuant to which our
board appointed them to these positions. Neither Mr. Pollei nor Ms. Duncomb has any family
relationships with the company, our executive officers or our directors.
(e) In connection with his appointment as executive vice president and chief operating officer, we
entered into an amended and restated employment agreement with Mr. Pollei (the Pollei Employment
Agreement). There were no material changes to Mr. Polleis employment agreement from the terms
described on page 36 of our 2009 proxy statement, other than the following: (1) the effective date
of the employment agreement is August 1, 2009, and has an initial term of two years; (2) beginning
August 1, 2010, and on each day thereafter, the employment term will be automatically extended for
one day, such that at any given time the remaining employment term will be one year; (3) Mr.
Polleis annual base salary is increased from $264,000 to $289,000; and (4) Mr. Polleis title was
changed. There were no other changes to Mr. Polleis compensation, including his performance-based
short term cash incentive, from that compensation described in our 2009 proxy statement, which is
incorporated herein by reference.
In connection with her appointment as vice president and chief financial officer, we entered into
an employment agreement with Vicki J. Duncomb (the Duncomb Employment Agreement), effective as of
August 1, 2009. Ms. Duncombs employment agreement has an initial term of two years. Beginning
August 1, 2010, and on each day thereafter, the employment term will be automatically extended for
one day, such that at any given time the remaining employment term will be one year. The agreement
provides that Ms. Duncomb will report to our chief operating officer and, indirectly, to our chief
executive officer and our board of directors.
Under the employment agreement, Ms. Duncombs annual base salary is $225,000 for the remainder of
2009. For each calendar year after 2009, Ms. Duncombs base salary will be increased by the
positive percentage change, if any, in the consumer price index from the month of December from two
years prior to the month of December from the previous year. In addition to her base salary, Ms.
Duncomb is eligible to receive an annual cash short-term incentive payment that will be based on
performance goals set by the compensation committee as part of an annual cash short-term incentive
program that is established in accordance with our incentive compensation plan. Each year, Ms.
Duncombs annual short-term incentive performance goals will be established by the compensation
committee at its sole discretion in accordance with our cash short-term incentive program. For
2009, the compensation committee set a targeted short-term incentive payout for Ms. Duncomb equal
to 50% of her annual base salary. The amount of this payout is determined one-half on the company
achieving our targeted cash earnings per diluted share and one-half on achieving finance department
objectives established by Mr. Pollei, with scaling between 0% and 200% based on the
under-performance or over-performance of each of these targets. The compensation committee did not
make any changes to Ms. Duncombs short-term cash incentive targets and intends to use a
weighted-average of her annual base salary for 2009 to determine the amount of her short-term
incentive payout. Prior to this promotion, Ms. Duncombs annual base salary for 2009 was $200,000.
For a description of our short-term cash incentive program, please refer to pages 27-30 of our 2009
The employment agreement provides Ms. Duncomb four weeks of paid vacation annually, a club
membership as approved by our compensation committee and the right to participate in our 401(k),
welfare and fringe benefit plans and receive perquisites that we generally make available to our
other senior executive officers. We will pay Ms. Duncombs fees in connection with the negotiation,
preparation and enforcement of this employment agreement.
Ms. Duncomb is entitled to severance benefits upon a termination of her employment without cause or
a resignation by Ms. Duncomb with good reason (as such terms are defined below). In such case, Ms.
Duncomb is entitled to her base salary and benefits through the termination date and any unpaid
annual short-term incentive payment due to her for the preceding fiscal year, together with (1) an
amount equal to one year of her annual base salary, in effect at the time of the termination, (2)
a pro-rated portion of her annual short-term incentive payment that would have been payable to her
for such fiscal year had she remained employed by us for the entire year, and (3) medical and
dental benefits for her and her covered dependents for a period of eighteen months following her
termination. If Ms. Duncombs employment was terminated due to her death or disability or by us for
cause, we would pay to Ms. Duncomb (or her beneficiary, as applicable) (1) any accrued but unpaid
base salary and benefits earned through the date of termination, and (2) a pro-rated portion of her
annual short-term incentive payment that would have been
payable to her for such fiscal year had she remained employed by us for the entire year in the case
of termination due to death or disability.
Cause and good reason have the meanings set forth in her employment agreement. Cause
means the occurrence of any of the following events: (1) a material breach by Ms. Duncomb of her
employment agreement that remains uncured for 10 days after she receives notice of the breach; (2)
Ms. Duncomb continues to willfully and materially fail to
perform her duties under her employment
agreement, or engages in excessive absenteeism unrelated to illness or permitted vacation, for a
period of 10 days after delivery of a written demand for performance that specifically identifies
the manner in which we believe that Ms. Duncomb has not performed her duties; (3) Ms. Duncombs
commission of theft, fraud, misappropriation or embezzlement in connection with our or our
affiliates business; or (4) Ms. Duncombs commission of criminal misconduct constituting a felony.
Good reason means: (1) we move our principal offices from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan
area and require Ms. Duncomb to relocate, (2) any material diminution by us in Ms. Duncombs duties
or responsibilities inconsistent with the terms of her employment agreement which remains uncured
for 30 days after we receive notice; (3) we materially breach any of our obligations under Ms.
Duncombs employment agreement that remains uncured for 30 days after we receive notice of the
breach, or (4) a diminution in Ms. Duncombs base salary or the target amount of any annual
short-term incentive payment, or a material diminution in benefits available to Ms. Duncomb, other
than: (a) an inadvertent and isolated act or omission that is promptly cured upon notice to us or
(b) a diminution of benefits applicable to our other senior executive officers.
Ms. Duncomb has also agreed to restrictive covenants that will survive for one year following
expiration or termination of her employment agreement pursuant to which she has agreed to not
compete with our business, subject to certain limited exceptions, or solicit or interfere with our
relationships with our employees and independent contractors.
We have also filed a press release, announcing Mr. Pollei and Ms. Duncombs appointments, a copy of
which is attached to and incorporated herein as Exhibit 99.1
The foregoing descriptions of the Pollei Employment Agreement and the Duncomb Employment Agreement
are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the Pollei Employment Agreement
and Duncomb Employment Agreement that are filed as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, to this
current report on Form 8-K and incorporated in it by reference.