Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 12, 2019

Horizon Global Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

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2600 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 555, Troy, Michigan

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(248) 593-8820
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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.
Horizon Global Corporation’s (the “Company”) Board of Directors appointed Matthew Pollick as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, effective November 11, 2019. Mr. Pollick did not enter into any agreements with the Company in connection with his appointment, other than the Company's standard indemnification agreement for executive officers.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pollick, age 47, served as Executive Vice President of Industrial Management for Gestamp North America, a company dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of metal automotive components, from September 2016 to November 2019. From April 2014 to September 2016, Mr. Pollick was a General Manager of Bowling Green Metalforming, a subsidiary of Magna International, a leading global automotive mobility technology and automotive parts supplier (“Magna”). Prior to joining Magna, from April 2002 to April 2014, Matt held roles of increasing responsibility at Tower International, a leading manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, ultimately serving as its Director of Operations.
In connection with his appointment as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Pollick will (i) receive an annual base salary of $365,000, (ii) be eligible to receive an annual short-term cash incentive award based on the performance of the Company, which is targeted at 70% of base salary for 2020, (iii) be eligible to receive an annual long-term incentive award under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2015 Equity and Incentive Compensation Plan (“A&R EICP”), which has a target value of 75% of base salary for 2020, (iv) receive a one-time signing grant award consisting of 25,000 service-based restricted stock units (“RSUs”), subject to the terms and conditions of the award agreement and the A&R EICP, with the RSUs vesting in full on the first anniversary of the date of grant, (v) receive a cash sign-on bonus of $50,000 and (vi) be a Tier II participant in the Company’s Executive Severance/Change of Control Policy. In addition, Mr. Pollick will generally be eligible to participate in all other employee benefit plans and compensation programs that the Company maintains for its salaried employees and executive officers.

Item 7.01   Regulation FD Disclosure.

On November 12, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Pollick. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference. The press release is also available on the Corporation's website at www.horizonglobal.com.

The information in this Item 7.01 on Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1) is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise be subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.
Exhibit No.


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.

November 12, 2019
/s/ Jay Goldbaum
Jay Goldbaum
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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