Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 19, 2021 (April 15, 2021)
(Exact Name of Registrant Specified in Charter)

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7799 Leesburg Pike, Suite 300 North
Falls Church, Virginia
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (703) 717-6000
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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class:Trading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered:
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per sharePAEThe Nasdaq Stock Market
WarrantsPAEWWThe Nasdaq Stock Market
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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.

(d)    On April 19, 2021, PAE Incorporated (the “Company”) announced that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company appointed Mary M. Jackson and Delara Zarrabi to serve on the Board effective as of April 15, 2021. In connection with the election of Vice Admiral Jackson and Ms. Zarrabi, the Board unanimously voted to increase the size of the Board from five to seven members.

Admiral Jackson was elected as a Class I director, to hold office for a term that is scheduled to expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and was appointed to serve on the Board’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Zarrabi was elected as a Class III director, to hold office for a term that is scheduled to expire at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Ms. Zarrabi will not serve on any committees of the Board.

As an independent non-employee director, Admiral Jackson will receive an annual cash retainer of $100,000 and an annual equity award with a grant date fair value of approximately $125,000; provided, however, Admiral Jackson’s annual cash retainer for 2021 will be pro-rated based on the date of her election, and she will receive a pro-rata restricted stock unit (“RSU”) award of 13,110 RSUs, with vesting of such RSUs to occur on March 15, 2022. Ms. Zarrabi will not receive any compensation for her Board service.

In connection with their election to the Board, Admiral Jackson and Ms. Zarrabi each entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.34 to the Company's Currrent Report on Form 8-K filed on February 14, 2020 (the "Prior 8-K"). The Company is not aware of any transaction or relationship involving either Admiral Jackson or Ms. Zarrabi requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

With respect to Ms. Zarrabi, under an Investor Rights Agreement, dated as of February 10, 2020 (the “Investor Rights Agreement”), by and between the Company and PE Shay Holdings, LLC (the “Platinum Stockholder”), the Platinum Stockholder has the right to nominate up to two directors to the Board (each such director a “Platinum Director”). Ms. Zarrabi will be considered the second Platinum Director under the Investor Rights Agreement. A description of the Investor Rights Agreement is set forth under Item 1.01 of the Prior 8-K, and such description is incorporated herein by reference and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Investor Rights Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Prior 8-K.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

The press release issued by the Company on April 19, 2021 announcing the director appointments is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information contained in Items 7.01 and 9.01 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

See the Exhibit Index below, which is incorporated by reference herein.

Exhibit No.Exhibit Name
104The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL


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: April 19, 2021
By:/s/ Paul W. Cobb, Jr.
  Paul W. Cobb, Jr.
  Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary


News Release

PAE Appoints Mary M. Jackson and Delara Zarrabi to Board of Directors

Appointment of Highly Qualified Directors Underscores
Commitment to Board Diversity and Shareholder Value Creation

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – PAE (NASDAQ: PAE, PAEWW) announced today the appointment of Mary M. Jackson and Delara Zarrabi as members of the PAE Board of Directors effective April 15, 2021.

“Mary and Delara bring broad experience and unique perspectives to guide the trajectory of PAE’s growing global enterprise,” said Chairman of the Board Marshall A. Heinberg. Their appointments will not only add a broad range of skills to our Board, but also support our commitment to diversity at the Board level.”

Mr. Heinberg continued, “Mary’s three plus decades of service in the United States Navy will provide PAE with deep customer experience as we continue to execute our strategy to expand the business with a focus on high-margin contracts. Delara’s corporate finance and M&A experience will enhance the Board’s ability to evaluate future strategic, accretive acquisitions.”

About Mary M. Jackson and Delara Zarrabi

Mary M. Jackson retired in July 2020 after more than three decades of service in the United States Navy and is currently a principal of Desert Rose Navigator, LLC. As a Flag Officer, Vice Admiral Jackson served as Commander, Navy Region Southeast and later as Commander, Navy Installations Command, where she was accountable for all Navy installations worldwide. In addition, Admiral Jackson advised the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy on strategy related to infrastructure, shore resiliency and diversity and inclusion.

Delara Zarrabi is a senior investment professional and managing director at Platinum Equity. She was previously a principal at Paine & Partners, a private equity firm and an investment banking analyst at CIBC World Markets, the investment banking subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

About PAE

For more than 65 years, PAE has tackled the world’s toughest challenges to deliver agile and steadfast solutions to the U.S. government and its allies. With a global workforce of about 20,000 on all seven continents and in approximately 60 countries, PAE delivers a broad range of operational support services to meet the critical needs of our clients. Our headquarters is in Falls Church, Virginia. Find us online at, on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain a number of “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about PAE’s newly appointed directors, possible or assumed future results of operations and cash flows, financial results, business strategies, strategy for and management of growth, needs for additional capital, debt levels, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, and risks related to U.S. government contracting. These forward-looking statements are based on PAE’s management’s current expectations, estimates, projections and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside PAE’s management’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date of this release. PAE does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release except as may be required by the federal securities laws.

For media inquiries regarding PAE, contact:

Terrence Nowlin
Senior Communications Manager

For investor inquiries regarding PAE, contact:

Mark Zindler
Vice President, Investor Relations