Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 12/15/2017 17:25:43)

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) : December 12, 2017
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification Number)

2800 Executive Way
Miramar, Florida 33025
(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code )

(954) 447-7920
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
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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 12, 2017, the Board of Directors (“Board”) of Spirit Airlines, Inc. (the “Company) appointed Edward M. (Ted) Christie III as President of the Company, effective January 1, 2018. Also on January 1, 2018, Mr. Christie will join the Board as a Class III director, with a term expiring as of the date of the Company’s annual general meeting of stockholders in 2020. The Board also agreed that Mr. Christie would become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January 1, 2019. In that role, he will succeed Robert L. Fornaro whose employment term is scheduled to end on December 31, 2018. The foregoing appointments are subject to continued satisfactory performance of duties by Mr. Christie and to the execution of definite employment arrangements including the material terms approved by the Board, as further set forth below. A copy of the Company’s press release of December 13, 2017 is attached as Exhibit 99.1.

Mr. Christie, age 47, has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2017 and, prior to that, as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since he joined the Company in April 2012. He served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. from July 2011 to March 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Christie was a partner in Vista Strategic Group LLC, a management consulting firm, from May 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Christie served in various finance-related positions at Frontier Airlines, Inc. from 2002 to 2010, including as Chief Financial Officer from June 2008 to January 2010.

Mr. Christie’s annual base salary will be $550,000 for 2018 and $700,000 for 2019, subject to such increases as the Board may determine in its discretion. His annual short-term incentive (bonus) target will be 100% of base salary in 2018 and 125% of base salary in 2019, subject to a maximum not to exceed 200% of base salary. In connection with his appointments, on or shortly following January 1, 2018, Mr. Christie will receive a one-time promotional grant of restricted stock units having a grant date value of $2,500,000 and vesting 50%, 25% and 25% on the second, third and fourth anniversaries of the grant date. He will be entitled to receive annual long-term incentive awards in accordance with the Company’s normal executive compensation practices. For 2018, the annual grant will have a target value of $1,250,000, and for 2019 the annual grant will have a target value of $1,750,000. The one-time grant and any annual grants will subject to the terms of the Company’s 2015 Incentive Award Plan and the respective award agreements.

Mr. Christie will be entitled to the vacation, travel and other benefits afforded to other senior executives of the Company and, subject to certain conditions, to post-employment lifetime family travel benefits. He will be eligible for coverage under the Company’s 2017 Executive Severance Plan. He also will be subject to customary covenants relating to Company confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets, on a permanent basis, and to customary non-solicitation, non-disparagement and non-competition covenants, in each case extending for one year

after termination of employment (and such one year period shall be extended for so long as he is entitled to receive any severance payments from the Company).

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.
Press release, dated December 13, 2017

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: December 15, 2017
By:   /s/ Thomas Canfield
Name: Thomas Canfield
Title: Senior Vice President and General Counsel


Exhibit No.

LOGO1A05.JPG Exhibit 99.1

Spirit Airlines Announces Succession Plan

December 13, 2017 - Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) announced today that Ted Christie, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume the position of President and will join the company's Board of Directors effective on January 1, 2018. In his management role, Christie will have overall responsibility for the finance, revenue, operations, IT and human resources functions of Spirit's business. Christie will become Spirit's Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2019, succeeding Bob Fornaro.

"Spirit is fortunate to have a talented executive like Ted on hand as its next leader, which allows for a smooth and orderly transition," said Mac Gardner, Spirit Airlines Chairman of the Board. "Over the past two years as CEO, Bob has led a real transformation at Spirit, driving dramatic improvements in operational reliability and in the customer experience while strengthening our executive team. He has also provided nimble, experienced leadership through a volatile competitive environment."

Christie joined Spirit in 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017 assumed the role of Executive Vice President with the additional responsibility of marketing, pricing, revenue management and scheduling.

"I've known Ted for over 10 years, as a competitor, board member and as a colleague in management. I am confident that the company and our team will respond very favorably to his leadership," said Bob Fornaro, Spirit Airlines President and CEO. "I'm really proud of what the whole Spirit team has accomplished. We've steadily improved our operational reliability and have introduced significant new technology and processes that allow us to run better and improve our guest experience. In 2018, I expect us to continue investing in the operation to further improve reliability and push down costs. We also will focus on concluding a mutually beneficial agreement with our pilots."

"I am appreciative of all the support from Bob and the Board, and am delighted to continue working with the Spirit team," said Christie. "With our improved operations, balanced growth and stable costs, I'm confident we will strengthen our position as the leading ultra low-cost carrier in the Americas."

About Spirit Airlines:
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines. Our customers start with an unbundled, stripped-down Bare Fare™ and get Frill Control™ which allows them to pay only for the options they choose - like bags, seat assignments and refreshments - the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. With our Fit Fleet™, the youngest fleet of any major U.S. airline, we operate more than 450 daily flights to 60 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at www.spirit.com .