Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 8, 2018





(Exact name of registrant as specified in Charter)



Washington   001-35521   26-2056298

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  (Commission File No.)   (IRS Employee Identification No.)



12870 Interurban Avenue South

Seattle, Washington 98168

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)



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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On February 8, 2018 the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of ClearSign Combustion Corporation (the “Company”), in accordance with Section 3, Paragraph 3.2 of the Company’s bylaws, increased the number of directors from four to five and, subject to her acceptance, appointed Susanne Meline to fill the vacancy. Ms. Meline accepted the position on February 9, 2018. As of the date of this Current Report, no decision has been made regarding the appointment of Ms. Meline to any committee of the Board nor has the compensation to be paid to the Company’s directors during 2018 been determined.


Ms. Meline has been general counsel and an investment analyst for Francis Capital Management LLC, which she co-founded, since December 2003. Prior to her position with Francis Capital Management LLC, from January 2001 to March 2002, Ms. Meline was an investment banker specializing in distressed mergers and acquisitions for Houlihan Lokey. From September 1995 to December 2000, Ms. Meline practiced as a corporate bankruptcy and restructuring attorney with Jones Day.


Pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, Ms. Meline has disclosed that, as part of the Company’s rights offering that closed on January 25, 2017:


(i) John Francis, Ms. Meline's spouse, exercised rights to purchase, through his individual SEP IRA account, 4,545 shares of the Company’s common stock together with warrants for the purchase of 4,545 shares of the Company’s common stock for a total purchase price of $18,180; and


(ii) Catalysis Partners, LLC purchased a total of 54,000 shares of the Company’s common stock together with warrants for the purchase of 54,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for a total purchase price of $216,000. John Francis is the investment manager of Catalysis Partners, LLC.


Item 5.03Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.


To the extent required by Item 5.03, the information included at Item 5.02 above is incorporated by reference herein.




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Current Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: February 13, 2018


  By: /s/ Stephen E. Pirnat
    Stephen E. Pirnat
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer