Ex-MiMedx CEO Petit mounts proxy war

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MiMedx (NSDQ:MDXG) is facing a proxy battle being led by former CEO Parker Petit, who was ousted last July “for cause”, according to a recently posted SEC filing.

The ex chief-exec nominated himself alongside former Pulte Home Corp tax director David Furstenburger and George & Lorenson partner Shawn George as candidates for the company’s board of directors, set to be elected at an upcoming shareholder’s meeting.

Petit said that he believes that the current MiMedx board has “failed shareholders with disappointing performance, failure to ensure competent leadership and lack of engagement with MiMedx shareholders.” He added that he “felt compelled to launch a contest seeking changes on the board,” according to the filing.

“In my opinion, the current board has done a major disservice to MiMedx’s shareholders and there is no sign the board has the ability, judgment or commitment to return MiMedx to its former growth and profitability as a NASDAQ listed company. Shareholders have been left in the dark while the company’s value has significantly dropped. I could no longer sit on the sidelines. Together with Shawn and David, we, if elected, will bring a wealth of experience working on and resolving expeditiously highly contentious and complicated matters. I believe that our slate of candidates will instill the much needed accountability and reason in the boardroom that MiMedx is now lacking, while supporting its valuable employees and expanding its best in class intellectual property patents,” Petit said, according to the SEC filing.

MiMedx faced a number of troubles last year, including the ouster of Petit and president & COO William Taylor amid a board-directed independent investigation that had already prompted the departure of CFO Michael Senken and treasurer John Cranston in June.

At the time, MiMedx said it would restate all of its earnings reports going back to 2012 and was cooperating with U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and Justice Dept. investigations into the matter.

The company later said that all four executives’ departures were for cause, triggering the forfeit of all equity and incentive awards for the executives and Petit’s resignation from the board. Petit and Taylor denied the allegations in a statement from their lawyer.

In December, the accounting firm tapped to audit MiMedx’s books resigned in the wake of the financial issues the company faced.

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