Valhi, Inc.0000059255false00000592552022-12-062022-12-06



Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

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December 12, 2022


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5430 LBJ FreewaySuite 1700DallasTexas


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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 12, 2022, Robert D. Graham, vice chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the registrant, provided notice to the registrant of his retirement, effective as of December 31, 2022, as a director, vice chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the registrant. In connection with his retirement as a director and officer of the registrant, Mr. Graham also provided notice to the registrant’s affiliates Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (“Kronos Worldwide”), NL Industries, Inc. (“NL”) and CompX International Inc. (“CompX”) that he will retire as an officer and director of those companies as of December 31, 2022. Following such retirements, Mr. Graham will continue to be employed by Contran Corporation (“Contran”), the privately-held parent corporation of the registrant.

Following such retirement notice of Mr. Graham, the registrant’s board of directors took action to elect Michael S. Simmons as vice chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of the registrant, effective as of January 1, 2023, and to reduce the size of the board from eight to seven members upon Mr. Graham’s retirement as a director.

Mr. Simmons, age 51, has served as a director and president of the registrant since June 2022. He previously served as the registrant’s senior vice president, finance from 2021 to June 2022 and as its vice president and chief accounting officer from 2019 to 2021. He also currently serves as a director and executive vice president of CompX, as executive vice president, finance of Kronos Worldwide, as executive vice president of NL, and as senior vice president, finance of Contran. Beginning January 1, 2023, he will serve as a director, vice chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of the registrant; as a director and vice chairman of the board of Kronos Worldwide, NL and CompX; and as a director, president and chief executive officer of Contran. Mr. Simmons has served in accounting and financial positions (including officer positions) with various companies related to the registrant and Contran since 2018. From 1994 to 2018, Mr. Simmons was employed by PwC, most recently as a managing director.

Mr. Simmons is an employee of Contran and provides his services to the registrant under an intercorporate services agreement between the registrant and Contran. For a description of the intercorporate services agreement, see “Certain Relationships and Transactions” in the registrant’s 2022 proxy statement, which description is incorporated herein by reference. In addition, for a discussion of potential conflicts of interest of officers who serve more than one corporation, see “Certain Relationships and Transactions” in the 2022 proxy statement, which discussion is also incorporated herein by reference.


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.





/s/ Amy A. Samford

Date: December 16, 2022

Amy A. Samford Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer