Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 7, 2022
Amerant Bancorp Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
Florida   001-38534   65-0032379
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation
file number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification Number)
220 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Florida
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(305) 460-8728
      (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbols Name of exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock AMTB NASDAQ

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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.

Update to Effective Date of Mr. Ashford's Resignation From the Board of the Company and Bank

As previously reported, on October 19, 2022, Orlando D. Ashford and the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Amerant Bancorp Inc. (the "Company") agreed that Mr. Ashford would step down as a member of the Board of the Company and the Board of Directors of the Company’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Amerant Bank, N.A. (the “Bank”) effective December 31, 2022 due to Mr. Ashford’s acceptance of a new full time executive position. On December 7, 2022, Mr. Ashford and the Board agreed to move the effective date of his resignation forward to December 8, 2022.

Appointment of Ms. Knight to the Board of the Company and Bank

On December 7, 2022, upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Sustainability Committee, the Board appointed Erin D. Knight to serve on the Board of the Company to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Ashford stepping down from the Board. The appointment is effective on December 15, 2022 (the “Effective Date”) and Ms. Knight will serve until the 2023 Annual Meeting, subject to her earlier death, or until she shall resign or shall have been removed from office in the manner provided in the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws. Ms. Knight has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank as of the Effective Date. Ms. Knight's appointment was not pursuant to any arrangement or understanding between Ms. Knight and any other person. The Board has determined that Ms. Knight is independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined in the applicable SEC rule. Ms. Knight will become a member of the Company’s Audit and, Compensation and Human Capital committees.

Ms. Knight is not a party to any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Ms. Knight will receive compensation as a non-employee director in accordance with the Company’s approved director compensation for non-employee directors. Ms. Knight will also be entitled to any annual equity compensation granted to members of the Board in the form of restricted stock units.

On December 12, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Knight to the Board. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


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: December 12, 2022   Amerant Bancorp Inc.
    By:   /s/ Julio V. Pena
        Name: Julio V. Pena
        Title:  Senior Vice President, Securities Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary

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