Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K



Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 2, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Commission File Number: 001-33378


Delaware   36-2517428

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2500 Lake Cook Road, Riverwoods, Illinois 60015

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(224) 405-0900

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(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.

In connection with its succession planning, on August 2, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Discover Financial Services (the “Company”) appointed Roger C. Hochschild, currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective October 1, 2018. Mr. Hochschild will succeed David W. Nelms as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nelms will continue his service on the Board and employment with the Company as Executive Chairman until his retirement in early 2019.

Mr. Hochschild, 53, has served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2004. He was the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Hochschild was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Strategic Officer of the Company’s former parent company Morgan Stanley.

Also on August 2, 2018, the Board took action to increase the size of the Board from eleven to twelve directors, and elected Mr. Hochschild to serve as a director, effective immediately.

A copy of the press release issued by the Company on August 3, 2018 is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.





Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release of the Company dated August 3, 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.


Dated: August 2, 2018    By:   

/s/ Kathryn McNamara Corley

      Name: Kathryn McNamara Corley
      Title: Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary