SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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) January 9, 2018
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.
(EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)
(STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION
3555 Farnam Street
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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
At a special meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 9, 2018, Gregory E. Abel and Ajit Jain were elected to the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) following the Board of Directors unanimous approval of a resolution to increase the number of members of the Board of Directors from the then current number of twelve to fourteen. There were no arrangements or understandings between either Mr. Abel or Mr. Jain and any of the members of Berkshires Board of Directors in connection with Mr. Abels and Mr. Jains election. At this date, there has been no determination as to what committees of the Board of Directors that Mr. Abel or Mr. Jain will be named.
Berkshire issued a press release announcing Mr. Abels and Mr. Jains election to Berkshires Board of Directors. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1.
ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|99.1||Press Release issued by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. dated January 10, 2018|
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.
|January 10, 2018||BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.|
|/s/ Marc D. Hamburg|
|By:||Marc D. Hamburg|
|Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||January 10, 2018|
Omaha, NE (BRK.A; BRK.B)
On January 9, 2018, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.s Board of Directors voted to increase the number of directors comprising the entire Board of Directors from twelve to fourteen. Gregory E. Abel and Ajit Jain were then elected to serve as Directors to fill the resulting vacancies on the Board of Directors. In connection with their election to the Board of Directors, Warren E. Buffett, Berkshire Hathaways Chairman and CEO, appointed Mr. Abel to be Berkshire Hathaways Vice Chairman Non-Insurance Business Operations and Mr. Jain to be its Vice Chairman Insurance Operations.
Mr. Abel joined Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company in 1992 and currently serves as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. Jain joined the Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group in 1986 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of National Indemnity Company with overall responsibility for leading Berkshires reinsurance operations.
Mr. Buffett and Charles T. Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway will continue in their existing positions, including being responsible for significant capital allocation decisions and investment activities. Mr. Buffett is scheduled to be interviewed later today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on CNBCs Squawk Box at which time he will provide additional information regarding the appointments of Mr. Abel and Mr. Jain to Berkshire Hathaways Board of Directors and their new roles at Berkshire Hathaway.
Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. Common stock of the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.
Marc D. Hamburg