Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 18, 2021

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3939 West John Carpenter Freeway

Irving, Texas  75063

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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (972) 409-1300



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Common Stock, $0.06775 par value




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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 January 18, 2021, The Michaels Companies, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Patrick “Joe” Venezia, as Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer, Stores of the Company, effective as of January 18, 2021.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Venezia served as President of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC since June 2017. He also served as EVP – Global Operations of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us” from February 2014 to May 2017. Prior to joining Toys “R” Us, Mr. Venezia held various roles with Kangaroo Express, TitleMax and Walmart.

In connection with his appointment, Mr. Venezia entered into an offer letter with the Company pursuant to which he will (i) receive an initial annualized base salary of $650,000, (ii) receive a one-time signing bonus of $906,000 and (iii) be eligible for a fiscal year 2021 bonus with a target equal to 70% and a maximum payout of 140% of his base salary. Mr. Venezia will also be eligible to participate in the Company’s Long-Term Incentive Plan beginning in 2021, at an annual target value of $550,000, based on performance. The Company will also reimburse Mr. Venezia for certain relocation expenses.

Mr. Venezia and the Company will enter into the Company’s standard indemnification agreement, the terms of which are described in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-193000), originally filed with the SEC on December 20, 2013 (the “Registration Statement”). No arrangement or understanding exists between Mr. Venezia and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Venezia was selected as an executive officer of the Company.

There is no family relationship between any director, executive officer, or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer of the Company and Mr. Venezia. In addition, there have been no transaction (or series of transactions), and there is no currently proposed transaction (or series of transactions), to which the Company was or is to be a party, in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and in which Mr. Venezia or any member of her immediate family had or will have a direct or indirect material interest.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit Number



Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)



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.









/s/ Tim Cheatham



Tim Cheatham

Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary

Date: January 19, 2021