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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): August 25, 2014




(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)








(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)


(Commission File No.)


(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


5808 Lake Washington Blvd. NE, Suite 300
Kirkland, Washington



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (425) 298-2500


Not Applicable

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



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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.


Appointment of Directors


On August 25, 2014, the board of directors of Rightside Group, Ltd. (the “Company” or “Rightside”) appointed Diane M. Irvine and Shawn J. Colo as directors of the Company, filling the two vacancies on the Company’s board of directors, effective immediately. In addition, the board of directors reclassified one of the Class I vacancies on the board of directors to a Class III vacancy. Mr. Colo was appointed to fill the vacancy as a Class I director and Ms. Irvine was appointed to fill the vacancy as a Class III director.


Effective August 25, 2014, Richard C. Spalding resigned as a member of the Compensation Committee, James R. Quandt resigned as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Robert J. Majteles resigned as chairperson, but not as a member, of the Compensation Committee. On August 25, 2014, the board of directors of the Company appointed Ms. Irvine to serve as the chairperson of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective immediately.  The board of directors has determined that Ms. Irvine is an independent director.


Ms. Irvine, age 55, served as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc. (“Blue Nile”), an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, from February 2008 until November 2011.  Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Ms. Irvine also held roles at Blue Nile as President from February 2007 until November 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer from December 1999 to September 2007.  Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, a timberland management and wood products company. Ms. Irvine was also previously a partner with Coopers and Lybrand. Ms. Irvine has also served on the boards of directors for Yelp Inc. since November 2011, CafePress Inc. since May 2012 and has previously served on the boards of directors for Blue Nile from May 2001 until November 2011, Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. from August 2008 to January 2010 and Davidson Companies from January 1998 to January 2009. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.  Ms. Irvine will provide the Company’s board of directors with valuable insight with her experience as a public company executive and experience in the online retail industry.


Mr. Colo, age 42, is a co-founder of Demand Media, Inc. (“Demand Media”), has served as its President since October 2013 and a director since August 2014. From October 2013 to August 2014, Mr. Colo also served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Demand Media.  Prior to that, Mr. Colo served as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, focusing on mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic corporate partnerships, since April 2006. Mr. Colo has led the acquisitions of eNom, BulkRegister, and HotKeys, Inc. and played a key role in identifying and developing the strategy for acquiring gTLD registry operator rights in ICANN’s New gTLD Program. Prior to co-founding Demand Media, Mr. Colo was a principal with Spectrum Equity Investors, a media and communications focused private equity firm, from 1997 to 2006, where he was responsible for sourcing and analyzing media and technology investment opportunities in the United States and Europe. Mr. Colo holds a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. Mr. Colo is also a director of KCRW, Southern California’s leading National Public Radio affiliate and participates on the Intel Capital Consumer Advisory Board. Mr. Colo’s extensive experience evaluating and acquiring businesses in the domain name industry will serve as a critical resource to the Company’s management team and board of directors.


Ms. Irvine and Mr. Colo will participate in the Company’s standard compensation plan as provided below for non-employee directors, adopted as of August 25, 2014, including an initial grant of 10,279 restricted stock units, which was granted to each of Ms. Irvine and Mr. Colo on August 25, 2014.


There are no arrangements or understandings between each of Ms. Irvine or Mr. Colo and any other person pursuant to which any of them was selected as a director.  There are no transactions involving either Ms. Irvine or Mr. Colo that would be required to be reported under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


A copy of the press release announcing Ms. Irvine’s and Mr. Colo’s appointment to the board of directors is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.




Director Compensation Plan


The Company’s director compensation plan provides for the following compensation of its non-employee directors effective as of August 25, 2014:


General Board member retainer




Audit Committee Chair retainer




Compensation Committee Chair retainer




Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair retainer




Audit Committee member retainer




Compensation Committee member retainer




Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee member retainer




Initial equity grant


$125,000 value (restricted stock units)(1)(2)


Annual equity grant


$70,000 value (restricted stock units)(1)(2)



(1)         The number of restricted stock units granted will be calculated using the closing price of a single share of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.


(2)         The grant, which vests over three (3) years from the date of grant, is awarded on or about the date on which such person first becomes a non-employee director.


Board Classification


Effective as of August 25, 2014, the Company’s board of directors is classified as set forth below:


·                  Class I consists of James R. Quandt and Shawn J. Colo, with a term expiring at the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders;


·                  Class II consists of David E. Panos and Richard C. Spalding, each with a term expiring at the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders; and


·                  Class III consists of Diane M. Irvine, Robert J. Majteles, Taryn J. Naidu, each with a term expiring at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders.


Committee Composition


Effective as of August 25, 2014, the membership of each of the committees of the Company’s board of directors is listed in the table below.








Nominating and Corporate


Diane M. Irvine







Shawn J. Colo





Robert J. Majteles








Taryn J. Naidu





David E. Panos*





James R. Quandt







Richard C. Spalding








*Mr. Panos serves as Chairman of the Company’s board of directors.




Item 9.01             Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)  Exhibits


Exhibit No.








Press release dated August 28, 2014






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: August 28, 2014








/s/ Taryn J. Naidu



Taryn J. Naidu



Chief Executive Officer






Exhibit No.








Press release dated August 28, 2014