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): June 8, 2018


Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)


Delaware   001-35664   35-2382255
(State of Incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


2481 Manana Drive

Dallas, Texas 75220

(Address of principal executive offices)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 214--357-9588


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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 June 11, 2018, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Stephen M. King will retire as its Chief Executive Officer, effective August 5, 2018, and that Brian A. Jenkins, the Company’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be promoted at such time to succeed Mr. King as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. King will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and will also continue to serve as a part-time employee of the Company, providing transition services to the Company. The Company also announced that Joe DeProspero will assume the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis upon Mr. Jenkins promotion to Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors approved these changes on June 8, 2018.


Mr. Jenkins has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2006. From 1996 to 2006, he held various positions, including Senior Vice President-Finance, with Six Flags, Inc. From 1990 to 1996, he held various positions, including Vice President of Corporate Planning and Business Development, with FoxMeyer Health Corporation.


Mr. DeProspero has served as the Company’s Vice President of Finance since May 2010 and as the Company’s Assistant Vice President of Finance from 2006 to 2010.


The Company has entered into an Employment Agreement with Mr. Jenkins, to be effective August 5, 2018 upon his promotion to Chief Executive Officer. Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Jenkins will be entitled to receive an initial annual base salary of $750,000, will be eligible to receive a bonus which is set at 100% of base salary at target level, and will be entitled to certain severance benefits in the event of involuntary termination or adverse job changes. A copy of the Employment Agreement is furnished herewith as Exhibit 10.1.


The Company has also awarded to Mr. Jenkins long-term incentive benefits pursuant to the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan providing for 250% of base salary at target level and for $1,875,000 of Restricted Stock Units (50% vesting on each of the 3rd and 4th anniversaries of the date of grant) based on the stock price at close of business on day after grant.


Mr. King, in his continuing role as Chairman of the Board of the Company, will receive an annual cash retainer of $65,000, additional annual compensation of $50,000 for serving as Chairman, and an annual equity grant of $125,000 in Restricted Stock Units. In his role as part-time employee providing transition services to the Company, Mr. King will receive an annual salary of $25,000.





On June 11, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing these developments. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits




10.1Employment Agreement, effective August 5, 2018, by and among Dave & Buster’s Management Corporation, Inc., Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. and Brian A. Jenkins


99.1Press release dated June 11, 2018





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.



  Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.  
Dated:  June 11, 2018 By: /s/ Jay L. Tobin  

Name: Jay L. Tobin

Title: Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary