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Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 21, 2020
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
(Exact Name of registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd., STE F-200
Radnor, PA
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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 610-293-0600
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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 December 21, 2020, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Eric C. Salzman as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Since April 1, 2020, Mr. Salzman has served as the Company’s Chief Restructuring Officer. Robert J. Rosenthal, Ph.D., who has been serving as the Company’s Executive Chairman, will resume his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. Dr. Rosenthal’s and Mr. Salzman’s compensation will remain unchanged.
Prior to Mr. Salzman joining the Company as Chief Restructuring Officer, Mr. Salzman, age 53, had been providing consulting services to the Company since November 21, 2019. Mr. Salzman has a 25-year track record partnering with growth companies as an investor, board member and strategic advisor. He has worked in M&A, restructuring, growth and special situations investing at a number of investment banks and private equity funds, including Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Salzman helped oversee the monetization of a $2 billion portfolio of illiquid assets in the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy Estate and subsequently advised several investment funds on value-maximization strategies for their respective portfolios. He currently serves as a director on a number of the Company’s portfolio companies as well as an independent director at publicly traded 8x8, Inc. Mr. Salzman earned a B.A. Honors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard University.
ITEM 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On December 21, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Salzman as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and that Dr. Rosenthal would resume his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. A copy of the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into this Item 7.01 by this reference.
ITEM 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as 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.
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Date: December 21, 2020
/s/ G. Matthew Barnard
  Name: G. Matthew Barnard
  Title:  General Counsel
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