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Washington, D.C. 20549








Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 30, 2023



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-40611   87-1699753
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


17146 Feathercraft Lane, Suite 450, Webster, TX 77598

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (281) 942-9069


Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock   KITT   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants   KITTW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.







Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officer; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


Removal of Officers


On November 30, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Nauticus Robotics, Inc. (the “Company”) removed Rangan Padmanabhan, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and principal financial officer, and M. Dilshad Kasmani, the Company’s Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, as officers of the Company. The Board views these removals as “terminations other than for cause” under their respective employment agreements. The Board thanks Mr. Padmanabhan and Mr. Kasmani for their work at the Company and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.


Appointment of Interim Chief Financial Officer


On December 1, 2023, the Board appointed Victoria Hay as the Interim Chief Financial Officer and principal financial officer of the Company. Mrs. Hay, 40, has been the co-owner and President of Flexible Consulting, LLC, a financial and accounting consulting firm, since May 2021. In her capacity as President of Flexible Consulting, LLC, Mrs. Hay has acted as a financial and accounting advisor for numerous companies, including acting as contracted Chief Financial Officer of Enovate, an AI company focused on the oil and gas sector. Prior to her time at Flexible Consulting, LLC Mrs. Hay was at Weatherford International plc (NASDAQ: WFRD) from 2008 to May 2021 in accounting and finance roles of increasing seniority, most recently as the Senior Director – Global Accounting and Reporting Services. Mrs. Hay began her career as a finance analyst with Morgan Stanley. Mrs. Hay is a CIMA chartered accountant and has a BSC(Hon) in Biotechnology with a Management emphasis from Edinburgh University.


Mrs. Hay, through Flexible Consulting, LLC, will receive cash compensation of $30,000 per month and up to $1,000 per month of expense reimbursement. Mrs. Hay will also be granted 40,000 restricted stock units of the Company that will vest at the earlier of Mrs. Hay’s departure and one year from the date of grant. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mrs. Hay and any other person pursuant to which she was to be selected as an officer and there is no family relationship between Mrs. Hay and any of the Company’s directors, executive officers, or any person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer.


Since January 2023, the Company has engaged Flexible Consulting, LLC, where Mrs. Hay is President and which she co-owns, to provide it with accounting and finance services relating to its quarterly reporting and mergers/acquisition activity. The total value of services provided by Flexible Consulting, LLC to the Company during this engagement is approximately $446,000.


Change to Board Compensation


On November 30, 2023, the Board approved a change to the compensation structure of the non-executive directors of the Board pursuant to which the non-executive directors may elect to receive cash compensation in an equivalent amount of restricted stock units until the Company’s 2024 annual meeting of stockholders. Any restricted stock units that are granted in respect of such election will vest on the earliest of (1) the 2024 annual meeting of stockholders, (2) the departure of the applicable non-executive director and (3) one year from the date of grant.







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.


Dated: December 1, 2023  Nauticus Robotics, Inc.
  By: /s/ Nicolaus Radford
    Name:  Nicolaus Radford
    Title: Chief Executive Officer






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