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Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 21, 2023




(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39561   95-3847744
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)
file number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


2710 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA   93030
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (805) 981-3650

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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


Title of each class




Name of each exchange on
which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   AVO   NASDAQ Global Select Market



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Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)



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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

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5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

On September 21, 2023, Mission Produce, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Timothy A. Bulow, President and Chief Operating Officer, will depart the Company effective September 30, 2023 to pursue other opportunities. Chief Executive Officer, Stephen J. Barnard, will assume Mr. Bulow’s duties.

In connection with Mr. Bulow’s departure, the Company has entered into a Separation Agreement and General Release pursuant to which the Company will pay Mr. Bulow severance payments consisting of: (i) $475,020, representing one year of base salary; (ii) twelve months of Company-paid COBRA; and (iii) acceleration of outstanding unvested restricted stock units that would have become vested on January 6, 2024 had Mr. Bulow remained employed through such date, pro-rated for the length of time served from the grant date to the separation date. In exchange for the aforementioned severance payments, the Company received a general release of claims from Mr. Bulow. The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Separation Agreement and General Release, which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the period ending October 31, 2023.


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: September 21, 2023


/s/ Stephen J. Barnard

        Stephen J. Barnard
        Chief Executive Officer