|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC. filed this Form 8-K on 10/13/2017|
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 9, 2017
SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Building B4, Tai Ming International Business Court,
Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China 101116
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 212-206-1216
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Effective as of October 9, 2017, Bing Yang, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Seven Stars Global Cloud Group, Inc. (the “Company”) announced his resignation as CEO and director of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). Mr. Yang’s resignation as CEO and director of the Board 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. Mr. Yang will resign from both the CEO and director positions immediately, but will remain with the Company in an advisory role until the end of 2017. The Company thanks Mr. Yang for his service. On October 9, 2017, the Board appointed Mr. Bruno Wu, the Company’s current chairman of the Board as its new CEO, effective October 9, 2017.
Xu Yi, Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of the Company, has resigned as COO, effective October 31, 2017. Mr. Yi’s resignation as COO 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. Yi for his service.
In addition, effective as of October 9, 2017, Sean Wang, a member of the Board of the Company resigned from the Board. Mr. Wang’s decisions to resign did not involve any disagreement with the Company, the Company’s management or the Board. The Board accepted Mr. Wang’s resignation effective October 9, 2017.
Also, effective as of October 9, 2017, the Board appointed Robert G. Benya to fill a vacancy on the Board. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Benya and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Benya was elected as a director of the Company. There are no family relationships between Mr. Benya and any of the Company’s officers and directors and there are no other transactions to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party in which Mr. Benya has a material interest subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr. Benya was also appointed Chief Revenue Officer (“CRO”) of the Company, effective as of October 9, 12017. Mr. Benya will receive annual cash compensation in the amount of $240,000 for his service as CRO.
Mr. Benya is a highly distinguished media executive with over 35 years of experience who has pioneered numerous businesses and product innovations in the U.S. and Scandinavian cable television industries. Prior to joining the Company, from January 2010 to June 2017, he was the President & CEO of iN DEMAND L.L.C., a global leader in Pay Per View and Video on Demand sports and entertainment services. Prior to joining iN DEMAND, Mr. Benya led numerous innovations at Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) and helped create new, multi-billion dollar businesses including: Road Runner High Speed Internet, Broadband Portals, Online Video Stores, Advertising Sales Interconnect Joint Ventures, Pay Per View, Video on Demand, Interactive TV and Cloud DVR services. In the 1980's, he was the Chief Revenue Officer for TWC. Mr. Benya has received numerous industry awards including the Cable TV Vanguard Award, multiple ACE and CTAM Awards, six Marketing Executive of the Year Awards, the Paragon Communication President's Award and a Time Warner Cable Innovation Award. He also holds six patents and has won a Technical Emmy Award.
The Company issued the press release attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, which discloses the management and board changes referenced above and is incorporated by reference herein.
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 Names Bruno Wu as CEO and Robert G. Benya as Director, President & Chief Revenue Officer
- Current Director Sean Wang and Current Director & CEO Bing Yang to resign effective immediately
- Both Mr. Yang and Mr. Wang will remain in advisory roles with SSC until the end of 2017 to assist with transitions; Both will then return to Sun Seven Stars Media Group in 2018
New York, NY, October 9, 2017 – Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) (“SSC” or the “Company” or “Seven Stars Cloud”) announced today several management and Board of Director changes that will be effective immediately:
Mr. Robert G. Benya will join the Company as President & Chief Revenue Officer (“CRO”) as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Benya is a highly distinguished media executive with over 35 years of experience who has pioneered numerous businesses and product innovations in the U.S. and Scandinavian cable television industries. In the 1980’s, he was the Chief Revenue Officer for Time Warner Cable (TWC) and helped lead the transformation of the fledgling cable TV business into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. In the 1990’s, Mr. Benya led numerous innovations at TWC and helped create new, multi-billion dollar businesses including: Road Runner High Speed Internet, Broadband Portals, Online Video Stores, Advertising Sales Interconnect Joint Ventures, Pay Per View, Video on Demand, Interactive TV and Cloud DVR services. From 2009-2017, he was the President & CEO of IN DEMAND, the global leader in Pay Per View and Video on Demand sports and entertainment services, with over $1 billion in annual revenues driven by the acquisition and distribution of over 350,000 hours of professional sports (MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS), ring sports (UFC, HBO and Showtime Boxing and WWE Wrestling) and a 12,000 title catalogue of new release and library HD Movies, for on demand viewing, sourced from over 80 major and independent studios.
Mr. Benya has received numerous industry awards including the Cable TV Vanguard Award, multiple ACE and CTAM Awards, six Marketing Executive of the Year Awards, the Paragon Communication President’s Award and a Time Warner Cable Innovation Award. He also holds six patents and has won a Technical Emmy Award.
“The President & CRO positions are a necessity based on our recent global expansion and Robert will be an essential part of our executive team as we continue to develop our B2B fintech-powered, supply chain solution,” said Bruno Wu. “His proven ability to manage and grow multiple revenue streams and provide high-level strategic insights will help us to capture our vast addressable market.”
“It’s clear that SSC’s approach to Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology coupled with its strong partnerships, is providing industrial enterprises with a completely new and cost-saving way of trading and doing business,” said Mr. Benya. “I’m honored to be selected as SSC’s first CRO and look forward to joining this talented team and working with our innovative partners and customers.”
In addition, Bruno Wu will continue in his role as Chairman and become the Company's next Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), succeeding Bing Yang, who currently serves as President & CEO. Mr. Yang will resign from both the CEO and Director positions immediately, but will remain with the Company in an advisory role until the end of 2017 in order to complete a smooth transition. Mr. Yang will then return to Bruno Wu’s Sun Seven Stars Media Group in 2018. Mr. Wu stated, “Bing stepped into his CEO role at SSC 18 months ago and was key in drastically repositioning SSC for revenue growth for the very first time in its history. He has been a valuable change agent, most notably as we completed our pivot to become an Intelligent Industrial Internet company. He has always been an important partner to me and we are grateful for his service to the Company. Thanks to his leadership, deal making and decisiveness, SSC is now in a position to capitalize on multiple opportunities with SSC’s unique platform. Moving ahead, I look forward to personally leading SSC’s ongoing efforts to drive growth, improve performance and enhance shareholder value.”
Finally, Director Sean Wang has resigned from SSC’s Board of Directors, but will remain in an advisory role with the company until the end of 2017. At that point, Mr. Wang will return to Sun Seven Stars Media Group’s investment division.
About Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (http://corporate.sevenstarscloud.com/)
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) is aiming to be a leading Intelligent Industrial Internet (3I) platform, creating a fintech-powered, supply chain solution simplified for commercial enterprises. There are 2 Engines that drive our business platform: 1. VPaaS + TPaaS - Supply Chain Management for key industry sectors and leaders including but not limited to Big Commodities, Cross-Border Trade, Consumer Electronics & Energy; 2. Digital Finance Solutions - Supply Chain Finance underwritten by our Global Cornerstone Funds and ABS, Tokenization and Exchange Platforms, which include FINRA and SEC-regulated: Index Exchanges, Initial Coin Offering / Tokenization, ETFs and Derivatives. Both Engines and their various arms will run on 'BASE' technology and infrastructure (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Supply Chain & Exchanges) to power a closed trade ecosystem for buyers and sellers designed to eliminate transactional middlemen and create a more direct and margin-expanding path for principals.
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