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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 July 31, 2023, Runway Growth Finance Corp., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), announced that R. David Spreng, the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, will be taking a temporary leave of absence from the Company in order to undergo treatment for a medical condition.
In connection with Mr. Spreng’s temporary leave of absence, on July 31, 2023, Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed Thomas B. Raterman to temporarily serve as Acting President of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Raterman joined the Company in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2021 and will continue to serve in these roles.
On July 31, 2023, the Board also appointed Greg Greifeld, the Managing Director, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Head of Credit at Runway Growth Credit, LLC, (“Runway”), the Company’s investment adviser, to temporarily serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Greifeld will continue to serve as Managing Director, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Head of Credit at Runway. Following multiple consultant assignments for Runway during 2016, Mr. Greifeld formally joined Runway in January 2017. Mr. Greifeld has served on Runway’s investment committee since 2018. Prior to this time, Mr. Greifeld worked for HPS Investment Partners, a $33 billion global alternative investment firm with a focus on directly originated credit (formerly Highbridge Principal Strategies), as a member of the Offices of the CFO/COO with wide ranging responsibilities in portfolio oversight, investor reporting, valuation and fund financing. Additionally, prior to HPS, Mr. Greifeld held roles in several departments at J.P. Morgan, including Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking and the Special Investments Group, a Merchant Banking Division of the Chief Investment Office.
There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Greifeld and any other person pursuant to which he was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company, nor is there any family relationship between Mr. Greifeld and any of the Company’s directors or other executive officers. Further, with regard to Mr. Greifeld, there are no transactions since the beginning of the Company’s last fiscal year, or any currently proposed transaction, in which the Company is a participant that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the Securities Exchange Commission.
Both Mr. Raterman and Mr. Greifeld will serve in their respective acting positions until R. David Spreng returns to his duties as President and Chief Executive Officer, or until their successors are elected and qualified, or until their sooner death, resignation or removal from office.
In addition, on July 31, 2023, Julie Persily, an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board, was appointed by the Board as Acting Chairperson of the Board and Lead Independent Director.
The above mentioned appointments were executed in accordance with the Company’s succession plan approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board on April 6, 2023.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
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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: July 31, 2023||RUNWAY GROWTH FINANCE CORP.|
|By:||/s/ Thomas B. Raterman|
|Thomas B. Raterman|
|Acting President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary|
Runway Growth Finance Corp. CEO Takes Medical Leave of Absence
MENLO PARK, Calif., July 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Runway Growth Finance Corp. (Nasdaq: RWAY) (“Runway Growth”), a leading provider of flexible capital solutions to late- and growth-stage companies seeking an alternative to raising equity, today released the following statement:
“David Spreng, Chairman, President, and CEO of Runway Growth will be taking a temporary leave of absence from the company in order to undergo treatment for a medical condition. Management and the Board send their thoughts and best wishes to David and his family. Runway Growth’s day-to-day operations will be uninterrupted.
Thomas Raterman, CFO and COO of Runway Growth, has been appointed to acting President during David Spreng's leave, in addition to his current responsibilities. Greg Greifeld, Deputy CIO and Head of Credit of Runway Growth Capital, LLC, Runway Growth’s investment adviser, has been appointed to acting CEO of Runway Growth. Julie Persily, Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, has been appointed to acting Chair of Runway Growth’s Board of Directors and permanently elected as the company’s Lead Independent Director. All three appointees have been with Runway Growth for over five years, fill important executive or governance positions currently, and possess deep institutional and industry expertise. The company will benefit from this continuation of leadership, and the executive team plans to advance Runway Growth’s strategy in the weeks to come.”
Runway Growth will offer an operational and financial update during its second quarter earnings call on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. To participate in the conference call or webcast, participants should register online at the Runway Growth Investor Relations website.
About Runway Growth Finance Corp.
Runway Growth is a growing specialty finance company focused on providing flexible capital solutions to late- and growth-stage companies seeking an alternative to raising equity. Runway Growth is a closed-end investment fund that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Runway Growth is externally managed by Runway Growth Capital LLC, an established registered investment advisor that was formed in 2015 by industry veteran David Spreng. For more information, please visit www.runwaygrowth.com
Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of COVID-19 and related changes in base interest rates and significant market volatility on our business, our portfolio companies, our industry and the global economy. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in Runway Growth’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Runway Growth undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.
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