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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 11, 2024




(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   001-39030   83-4177087

(State or Other Jurisdiction

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25 Mall Road, Suite 416  
Burlington, Massachusetts   01803
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (857) 362-7300

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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Common stock, $0.01 par value   CRNC   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

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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 May 11, 2024, Daniel Tempesta notified Cerence Inc. (the “Company”) of his decision to resign as Chief Financial Officer of the Company for personal reasons, effective as of May 17, 2024. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Tempesta has served as principal financial officer and principal accounting officer of the Company. Mr. Tempesta advised the Company that his decision to resign did not involve any disagreement with the Company. The Company has commenced a search for a new Chief Financial Officer, and has retained a third-party consulting firm to provide interim support for the finance organization during the transition period.

The Board of Directors of the Company has designated Stefan Ortmanns, President and Chief Executive Officer, as the Company’s principal financial officer, and Katherine Roman, Vice President and Corporate Controller, as the Company’s principal accounting officer, each on an interim basis and effective as of May 17, 2024. Information regarding Dr. Ortmanns is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2024 annual meeting of shareholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 5, 2024. Ms. Roman, age 42, has served as the Company’s Vice President and Corporate Controller since July 2021, and from October 2019 to June 2021, she served as Assistant Controller of the Company. Prior to the spin-off of the Company from Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”), Ms. Roman worked in a series of roles with increasing responsibility in the finance organization of Nuance, including Director, Corporate Accounting and Consolidations from October 2016 to September 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.


Date: May 16, 2024   CERENCE INC.

/s/ Stefan Ortmanns

    Name:   Stefan Ortmanns
    Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer