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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): December 5, 2018

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

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of Incorporation)
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One Technology Park Drive
Westford, Massachusetts
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
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(978) 776-2000
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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 December 5, 2018, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Kadant Inc. (the “Company”) increased the Board size to six members and appointed Erin L. Russell as a director of the Company. Ms. Russell, whose term will begin on January 1, 2019, was appointed to the class of directors the term for which expires at the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.

The Board has determined that Ms. Russell is independent under applicable standards of the New York Stock Exchange and the Company’s corporate governance guidelines.
For her service as a non-employee director of the Company, Ms. Russell will receive the compensation described under the caption “Director Compensation” in the Company’s proxy statement as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2018, including the award of restricted stock units. She will also be subject to the Company’s stock ownership guidelines for members of the Board. An indemnification agreement on the Company’s standard form will be entered into with Ms. Russell.

Ms. Russell is not related to any of the Company's directors or executive officers.  There are no related person transactions between the Company, on the one hand, and Ms. Russell or her immediate family members, on the other hand, reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

A copy of the press release issued by the Company in connection with Ms. Russell’s appointment is furnished with this Form 8-K and attached hereto as Exhibit 99.

The information presented under this Item 7.01 (including Exhibit 99) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 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

The following exhibit relating to Item 5.02 and Item 7.01 shall be deemed to be furnished and not filed.
Exhibit No.

Description of Exhibits




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

Date: December 10, 2018
/s/ Michael J. McKenney
Michael J. McKenney
Executive Vice President and
   Chief Financial Officer