Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K

Date of report (date of earliest event reported):
August 29, 2023

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File No.)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

5130 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, California 94568
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(925) 965-4400
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading symbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $.01ROSTNASDAQ Global Select Market

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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.

(d) Effective September 1, 2023, the Board of Directors of Ross Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) has elected Michael Balmuth as a member of the Board of Directors and appointed him as Executive Chairman. In connection with such election, the size of the Company’s Board of Directors has been increased to 12 members. Concurrently with the election and appointment of Mr. Balmuth, George P. Orban will step down as Chairman of the Board while remaining on the Board of Directors.

In connection with his appointment as Executive Chairman, the Company and Mr. Balmuth have agreed to amend and extend his employment agreement with the Company; he is to serve as Executive Chairman from September 1, 2023 through January 31, 2026, and then as Senior Advisor from February 1, 2026 through March 31, 2026. Prior to his current election as a director and appointment as Executive Chairman, Mr. Balmuth had been serving as an employee of the Company, most recently as Strategic Advisor.

The revised employment agreement with Mr. Balmuth provides that (i) his salary will be not less than $1,400,000 per year (beginning September 1, 2023, prorated for the remainder of the year); (ii) he will be eligible for bonuses for fiscal years 2024 and 2025 (not eligible for 2023 or 2026 bonuses) with a target annual bonus of 175% of annual salary, upon achievement by the Company of 100% of the applicable annual performance target; (iii) he will receive restricted stock awards for fiscal years 2023 (reflected below), 2024, and 2025 with grant date values as provided in the agreement, and performance share awards for fiscal years 2024, 2025, and 2026 consistent with the Company’s existing practices; (iv) he will receive a retention bonus of $4,700,000 payable in February 2026; and (v) the performance share awards and restricted stock awards that he receives will have vesting schedules that provide for full vesting upon or before his continued service through the end of the term of his extended employment agreement, with prorated vesting for his equity compensation awards and his retention bonus in various events of termination.

Upon his appointment as Executive Chairman effective September 1, 2023, Mr. Balmuth will receive a Restricted Stock Award based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on that day, with a grant date value of $3,500,000, vesting 100% on September 3, 2024.

The revised employment agreement with Mr. Balmuth includes “double trigger” provisions regarding severance benefits in the event of termination in conjunction with a change of control that are substantially similar to the corresponding benefits provided to the Company’s named executive officers, as described in the Company’s Proxy Statement filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 4, 2023 under the caption “Employment Agreements with Ms. Rentler, Mr. Orvos, Mr. Hartshorn, Mr. Kobayashi, and Mr. Morrow.” Mr. Balmuth’s revised employment agreement otherwise has principal terms that are the same as the terms of his current employment agreement, which includes other provisions regarding severance benefits, and provisions regarding reimbursement of certain estate planning costs, participation in benefit plans, and paid vacation days, as described in the Company’s Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on April 5, 2022 under the caption “Employment Agreement with Mr. Balmuth, Strategic Advisor.” His employment agreement also includes provisions regarding non-solicitation of Company employees and business counterparties for 24 months following termination, non-competition, non-disparagement, protection of Company confidential information, potential recoupment by the Company of performance-based compensation received if financial results are subsequently restated, and arbitration of disputes.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On August 31, 2023, the Company issued a press release regarding the appointment of Mr. Balmuth as a director and as Executive Chairman. The full text of the Company’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

The information furnished with this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)     Exhibits.                         
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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: August 31, 2023

By: /s/Ken Jew
Ken Jew
Group Senior Vice President, General Counsel and
Corporate Secretary


Exhibit 99.1 _____________________________________________________________________


Adam Orvos
Connie Kao
Executive Vice President,
Group Vice President, Investor Relations
Chief Financial Officer(925) 965-4668
(925) 965-4550


Dublin, California, August 31, 2023 -- Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the following changes to its Board leadership and composition effective September 1, 2023:

George P. Orban will step down as Chairman of the Board while continuing to serve as an independent Director.
Michael Balmuth, currently Strategic Advisor to the Company, will return to the Executive Chairman of the Board role.
K. Gunnar Bjorklund will become Lead Independent Director.

In commenting, Chairman George Orban said, “While personal reasons were the catalyst for my stepping down as Chairman, I plan to stay actively involved in the business as an independent Director. Also, on behalf of the entire Board, we are delighted that Michael Balmuth has agreed to become Executive Chairman of the Board. He previously served as Chairman of the Board from 2014 to 2021, including Executive Chairman to 2019 before transitioning into an advisory role. We also thank Gunnar Bjorklund for assuming the Lead Independent Director position.”

Michael Balmuth said, “I look forward to partnering in my new role with the talented and experienced executives on our Board and throughout the entire Company. I am confident that together we will continue to maximize our opportunities for growth and profitability over the coming years.”


Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500, and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2022 revenues of $18.7 billion. Currently, the Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,722 locations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 339 dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores in 22 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at

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