Washington, D.C. 20549



Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 21, 2019
Farmer Bros. Co.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
1912 Farmer Brothers Drive, Northlake, Texas 76262
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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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.
(d)        On February 21, 2019, pursuant to the Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, of Farmer Bros. Co., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) increased the number of directors from seven directors to eight directors and, at the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board appointed Hamideh Assadi to fill the newly created vacancy effective March 1, 2019. Ms. Assadi will serve as a Class II director with a term that is set to expire at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Ms. Assadi has also been appointed to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2019.

Ms. Assadi previously served as a Class II director of the Company from December 8, 2011 to December 7, 2017. During her previous tenure as a director, Ms. Assadi served on various Board committees, including the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.

For her service on the Board, Ms. Assadi will receive the cash compensation paid and equity compensation awarded by the Company to non-employee directors as described under the heading “Director Compensation” in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on October 25, 2018 in connection with its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2018 Proxy Statement”). In addition, the Company has entered into an Indemnification Agreement with Ms. Assadi, effective March 1, 2019, in the form previously filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 13, 2017. As set forth in the Director Compensation Table included in the 2018 Proxy Statement under the heading “Director Compensation,” Ms. Assadi received total non-employee director compensation of $51,221 in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, including $48,750 in cash compensation for her prior service on the Board of Directors in fiscal 2018. In accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation program, on March 1, 2019 Ms. Assadi will receive a pro-rated grant of restricted stock determined by dividing $48,750 by the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on the grant date. The shares of restricted stock will be granted under the Farmer Bros. Co. 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan pursuant to the Company's form of Restricted Stock Grant Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 4, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference.

A copy of the press release issued by the Company on February 26, 2019 regarding Ms. Assadi’s appointment as a director is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

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.
Dated:    February 27, 2019
/s/ David G. Robson
David G. Robson
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer