SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 6, 2023
SONDER HOLDINGS INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|101 15th Street
|(Address of principal executive offices)
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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Title of each class
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|Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share
|The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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|The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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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 March 6, 2023, Sonder Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Dominique Bourgault as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 6, 2023. Mr. Bourgault succeeds Sanjay Banker, who served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from January 2019 to December 2022 and also as the Company’s President from September 2020 to December 2022. Chris Berry will continue to serve as the Company’s Interim Principal Financial Officer for Securities and Exchange Commission reporting purposes until after the Company files its next annual report on Form 10-K, and thereafter will continue to serve as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer.
Mr. Bourgault, 51, joins the Company from Blue Nile, Inc. (“Blue Nile”), a pioneer retailer in online diamonds and fine jewelry, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer from March 2020 to October 2022. Before Blue Nile, Mr. Bourgault held executive positions at Expedia Group, Inc. (“Expedia”). He joined Expedia in October 2002 and served in a variety of finance roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as Chief Financial Officer Expedia, Portfolio, and Retail from November 2019 to March 2020, Interim Head of Division, Brand Expedia from July 2019 to October 2019, Chief Financial Officer, Brand Expedia Group, from September 2016 to October 2019, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance from January 2012 to September 2016, interim CFO of Hotels.com LP from October 2014 to August 2015, Vice President of Finance, Partner Services Group from June 2010 to January 2012, Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis Expedia Worldwide from February 2009 to July 2010, and held various financial planning and analysis leadership roles from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Bourgault holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal and is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant.
In connection with Mr. Bourgault’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors will grant Mr. Bourgault a one-time equity award of 2,741,028 stock options covering shares of Company common stock, that will vest 25% on the one-year anniversary of the applicable vesting commencement date and then in equal monthly installments thereafter over the next three years, subject to Mr. Bourgault’s continued employment with the Company on the applicable vesting dates. Mr. Bourgault’s annual base salary is $495,000. Mr. Bourgault will participate in the Company’s Key Executive Change in Control and Severance Plan.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Bourgault and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Bourgault was selected to become Chief Financial Officer, nor are there any family relationships between Mr. Bourgault and any of the Company’s directors or other executive officers subject to disclosure under Item 401(d) of Regulation S-K. Neither Mr. Bourgault nor any related person of Mr. Bourgault has a direct or indirect material interest in any transaction that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
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 thereunto duly authorized.
|Sonder Holdings Inc.
Date: March 6, 2023
|/s/ Chris Berry
|Chief Accounting Officer
Sonder Holdings Inc. appoints Dominique Bourgault as Chief Financial Officer
SAN FRANCISCO - Sonder Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SOND), a leading next-generation hospitality company that is redefining the guest experience through technology and design, announced the appointment of Dominique Bourgault as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 6, 2023. Bourgault joins Sonder as the company continues to execute on its Cash Flow Positive Plan to achieve profitability without additional fundraising.
“Dominique brings over two decades of finance leadership experience in global growth businesses along with valuable experience in the travel and hospitality industry,” said Francis Davidson, Co-Founder and CEO of Sonder. “He has a track record of delivering against ambitious performance targets and leading finance transformations in a way that complements our culture of rapid innovation.”
“I’m thrilled to join Sonder at a pivotal moment in the company’s evolution as we work to drive long-term value for our investors and stakeholders,” said Bourgault. “As global hospitality trends continue to evolve, I look forward to working with the business to deliver on our strategy, build world-class finance capabilities, and capture the profitable growth opportunity we have in front of us.”
Prior to Sonder, Dominique was CFO at Blue Nile, Inc., a pioneer retailer in online diamonds and fine jewelry, steering the capital allocation process through the ups and downs of COVID, preparing the company to go public via SPAC, and ultimately leading the strategic sale of the company to Signet Jewelers Limited. Before Blue Nile, he spent 18 years with Expedia Group, Inc. in a variety of finance roles, including serving as CFO of Hotels.com LP, SVP of Corporate Finance, and CFO of the Retail group, the largest division by revenue and profitability within Expedia Group.
About Sonder Holdings Inc.
Sonder (NASDAQ: SOND) is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-enabled service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamless experience. Launched in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder provides a variety of accommodation options — from spacious rooms to fully-equipped suites and apartments — found in over 40 markets spanning ten countries and three continents. The Sonder app gives guests full control over their stay. Complete with self-service features, simple check-in and 24/7 on-the-ground support, amenities and services at Sonder are just a tap away, making a world of better stays open to all.
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