UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 6, 2018

 

SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada 001-35561 20-1778374
(State or other jurisdiction of (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
incorporation)    

 

Room 4, Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater Park,

No. 21, Liangmaqiao Road,

Chaoyang District, Beijing 10015, PRC

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 212-206-1216

 

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

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

Chief Financial Officer Resignation and Interim Chief Financial Officer Appointment

 

Effective as of April 6, 2018, Simon Wang, Chief Financial Officer of Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (the “Company”) announced his resignation as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wang’s resignation as Chief Financial Officer was not because of any disagreement with the Company known to an executive officer of the Company on any matter related to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices. The Company thanks Mr. Wang for his service.

  

On April 11, 2018, the Board unanimously appointed its previous Finance Director, Mr. Jason Wu, as the interim Chief Financial Officer (“Interim CFO”) and principal accounting officer of Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (the “Company”), effective immediately. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Wu and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Wu was selected as Interim CFO, there is no family relationship between Mr. Wu and any director or officer of the Company, and Mr. Wu is not party to any transaction in which the Company is a participant. Pursuant to Mr. Wu’s current and established employment agreement for his previous role as Finance Director and which ends on May 1, 2020, Mr. Wu will continue to receive annual base salary the amount of RMB 546,000, but now will receive such compensation for his service as Interim CFO and will continue to be entitled to participate in all employment benefit plans, policies of the Company generally available.

 

Mr. Wu, age 30, has more than 7 years of financial management and US GAAP accounting practice and has been the Finance Director of the Company since May 2017. Prior to joining the Company, from March 2016 to April 2017, Mr. Wu was the audit manager of Deloitte Shanghai office, where he led various audit engagement teams to provide U.S. market initial public offerings service and multiple PCAOB audit services. Before March 2016, Mr. Wu was working in Deloitte Seattle office for more than one year and served world-wide famous clients. Vocational qualifications of Mr. Wu include Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Wu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Administration from Xi’an Jiaotong University.

 

 

Item 8.01.  Other Events.

 

On April 12, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Wu as interim Chief Financial Officer and principal accounting officer, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

 

 

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

  

Exhibit No.  Description 

 

99.1 Press Release dated April 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES 

 

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.

 

  SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.
     
     
Date: April 12, 2018 By: /s/ Bruno Wu
    Bruno Wu
    Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Seven Stars Cloud Announces Search for US-Based CFO to Help Usher in the Company’s Next Phase of Growth

 

 

- The Company has appointed Finance Director Jason Wu as Interim CFO after former CFO Simon Wang resigned effective April 6

 

- The Company has engaged an executive recruiting firm to help lead the active CFO search process

 

 

New York, NY, April 12, 2018 – Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) (“SSC” or the “Company”), announced today that as part of its overall strategy to bolster its US-based management team, the Company has engaged an executive recruitment search firm to assist in finding a US-based Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).

 

On April 11, SSC’s Board of Directors unanimously appointed Finance Director Jason Wu to assume the role of interim CFO and principal accounting officer of the Company, effective immediately.

 

Mr. Jason Wu, in the interim, will be replacing former CFO, Simon Wang. Mr. Wang’s resignation as Chief Financial Officer was not because of any disagreement with the Company known to any executive officer of the Company, on any matter related to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices. The Company and the Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Wang for his contributions to Seven Stars Cloud and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

 

Once the search for a new US-based CFO is complete, Mr. Jason Wu will help support the transition of the finance and accounting functions to the new CFO and then return to his position as Finance Director, based out of Beijing.

 

 

 

About Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (http://www.sevenstarscloud.com/)

 

 

 

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward looking statements." All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements." These forward looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

 

CONTACT:

Jason Finkelstein

VP, Investor Relations

Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc.

212-206-1216

 

 

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