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): August 15, 2019 (August 15, 2019)


Riot Blockchain, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada 001-33675 84-1553387
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


  202 6th Street, Suite 401,  
  Castle Rock, CO  80104  
  (Address of principal executive offices)   


  (303) 794-2000  
  (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)  



(Former name, former address, and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)


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Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock   RIOT   NASDAQ Capital Market


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Riot Blockchain, Inc. (“Riot” or the “Company”), terminated the Executive Employment Agreement (the “Employment Agreement”), by and between the Company and Mr. Robby Chang, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) effective August 15, 2019. Mr. Chang’s termination was without cause as provided under the Employment Agreement.


Effective August 15, 2019, immediately following Mr. Chang’s termination, the Company appointed Mr. Jeffrey G. McGonegal, 67, to the role of CFO on an interim basis while the Company conducts a search for a permanent successor CFO. Mr. McGonegal has been with the Company for over a decade and he brings a wealth of public company executive and financial reporting experience to the position of CFO. Mr. McGonegal had previously served as the Company’s CFO prior to transitioning to an advisory role and then to his current role as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). Mr. McGonegal will continue to serve as the Company’s CEO and his appointment as CFO on an interim basis comes without change to the executive employment agreement by and between Mr. McGonegal and the Company as previously disclosed on the Company’s current report on Form 8-K filed on February 11, 2019.


Item 7.01Regulation FD Disclosure.


Riot’s press release, dated August 15, 2019, announcing the departure of its CFO, Mr. Chang, and the subsequent appointment of Mr. McGonegal as its CFO on an interim basis is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.


The information in Item 7.01 of this report is furnished and shall not be treated as filed for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d)         Exhibits.


Exhibit No.


Exhibit 99.1 Press Release dated August 15, 2019







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: August 15, 2019 By: /s/ Jeffrey G. McGonegal
    Jeffrey G. McGonegal
    Chief Executive Officer