SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): March 28, 2012 (March 22, 2012)
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
|300 Third Street, Cambridge, MA||02142|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (617) 551-8200
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
At a meeting of the Compensation Committee (the Committee) of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Company) held on March 22, 2012, the Committee approved the 2012 Annual Incentive Program (the Plan).
Under the Plan, all regular employees, including the Companys executive officers (collectively, the Plan Participants), are eligible to receive an annual cash bonus (a Bonus Award) based upon the achievement of corporate goals and individual objectives for 2012 that have been specified in writing. The corporate goals for 2012 were proposed by the Companys executive officers and approved by the Board. Bonus Awards for the Companys executive officers will be based entirely upon achievement of the corporate goals. Individual objectives for Plan Participants who are non-executive officers or director-level employees were approved by the Companys chief executive officer, and individual objectives for all other Plan Participants were approved by the employees direct supervisors and the Vice President of Human Resources.
Under the Plan, each Plan Participant has an established target award, as set forth in the table below, representing a percentage of the Plan Participants annual base salary for 2012 (a Target Award). Each Bonus Award will range from 0% to 100% of a Plan Participants Target Award (capped at 100%), thus making each Plan Participants Target Award the maximum Bonus Award achievable in 2012.
(% of Base Salary)
Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President
All Other Regular Employees
Bonus Awards under the Plan, if any, will be determined by first establishing a bonus pool (the Bonus Pool). The Bonus Pool will be calculated by (1) aggregating each Plan Participants Target Award and then (2) multiplying that sum by a modifier established by the Committee that is based on the Companys performance as measured against the 2012 corporate goals (the Corporate Performance Level). The Corporate Performance Level will range from 0% to 100%; provided, however, that if the Corporate Performance Level for 2012 falls below a threshold of 50%, no Bonus Awards will be paid under the Plan.
The Bonus Pool will then be allocated among the Plan Participants based upon a consideration of each Plan Participants title/level and salary (as reflected by their Target Award percentage) and (i) with respect to Plan Participants who are executive officers, the Corporate Performance Level, as well as each executive officers contributions to achievement of the 2012 corporate goals, (ii) with respect to Plan Participants who are non-executive officers or director-level employees, performance against their individual objectives for 2012 and contributions to achievement of the 2012 corporate goals, and (iii) with respect to all other Plan Participants, performance against their individual objectives for 2012. The Committee retains the discretion under the Plan to adjust upward or downward any Bonus Award and/or the Bonus Pool as it deems appropriate.
In December 2012, the Committee will evaluate the Companys performance against the established corporate goals, as well as the individual performance and contributions of the Plan Participants, establish the Bonus Pool and determine the amount of the Bonus Awards, if any, to be granted under the Plan. Any Bonus Awards granted to Plan Participants under the Plan are expected to be paid in January 2013.
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.
|ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|Date: March 28, 2012||By:|
|Michael P. Mason|
|Vice President, Finance and Treasurer|