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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 March 8, 2023, Jami Rubin notified EQRx, Inc. (EQRx) of her decision to step down as Chief Financial Officer (and as principal financial officer and principal accounting officer) of EQRx effective March 31, 2023. Ms. Rubin’s departure is not related to a disagreement with EQRx on any matter relating to EQRx’s operations, policies or practices. EQRx thanks Jami for her service and contributions to EQRx and wishes her all the best as she contemplates new endeavors.
Accordingly, on March 9, 2023, EQRx’s board of directors (the Board) appointed Melanie Nallicheri, EQRx’s President and Chief Executive Officer and principal executive officer, as principal financial officer, with immediate effect, and plans to conduct a search for a successor chief financial officer.
Ms. Nallicheri, age 54, has been EQRx’s President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board since December 2021 and is a co-founder of EQRx International, Inc. and was the President and Chief Operating Officer of EQRx International, Inc. since August 2019 and effective September 1, 2021 assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer and joined EQRx International, Inc.’s board of directors. Ms. Nallicheri is a healthcare and life sciences executive with nearly three decades of experience. Prior to joining EQRx International, Inc., from September 2016 to April 2019, Ms. Nallicheri served as Chief Business Officer and Head of Biopharma for Foundation Medicine, Inc. Prior to that, from 2013 to June 2016, Ms. Nallicheri served in a variety of roles at McKesson Corporation, including as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Data & Analytics; and prior thereto, from 2011 to 2013 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Geron Corporation. Ms. Nallicheri holds an M.S. in business and economics from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Corporate Management in Koblenz, Germany and an M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Business School.
There are no understandings or arrangements between Ms. Nallicheri and any other person pursuant to which she was appointed as principal financial officer, and, as previously disclosed in EQRx’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, Ms. Nallicheri has no material interest in any transaction or proposed transaction in which EQRx is or is to be a party. Ms. Nallicheri has no family relationship with any director or executive officer of EQRx.
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.
|Date: March 13, 2023||EQRX, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Melanie Nallicheri|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|