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): March 28, 2019




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   001-36379   46-1318953
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
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Identification No.)

3590 North First Street, Suite 210

Pleasanton, CA 94566

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



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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 28, 2019, the Board of Directors of Energous Corporation (“Company”) appointed Cesar Johnston as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Johnston joined the Company in July 2014 as its Senior Vice President of Engineering, and in 2018 was appointed its Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations. As Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Johnston will continue to lead the Company’s engineering organization, while taking on oversight of the regulatory function and assuming other operational responsibilities as the Company aligns its focus on regulatory compliance associated with commercialization of its wireless charging 2.0 technology. Prior to joining Energous, Mr. Johnston was Vice President of Engineering for Wireless Connectivity at Marvell Semiconductor, where he was responsible for research and development of all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Frequency Modulation (FM), and Near-Field Communication (NFC) products. Prior to Marvell, Johnston was a senior director at Broadcom Inc. He is a recognized pioneer in the technology development of multiple first-of generations of wireless products. Johnston received both a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, he is an IEEE Senior Member, he has written over 40 conference and journal papers, and he holds 21 patents.

In connection with this appointment, Mr. Johnston was granted restricted stock units covering 65,000 shares, vesting vest in equal increments quarterly for a two-year period.




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: April 3, 2019     By:   /s/ Brian Sereda

Brian Sereda


Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer