Ford Pays Chief $28 Million for 4 Months' Work

Way Forward logic-bonus for going deeper into the hole
Ford Pays Chief $28 Million for 4 Months' Work http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/06/business/06ford.html
The Ford Motor Company paid its new chief executive, Alan R. Mulally, $28.18 million in his first four months on the job, the automaker said in a regulatory filing yesterday.
His compensation included an $18.5 million bonus that Ford, which reported a record $12.7 billion loss last year, disclosed in September when it hired him from Boeing.
Figures in Ford's annual proxy statement show that his pay was more than three times that of any other executive at the company. That includes the executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr., who has kept a 2005 promise not to accept any new salary, bonus or stock awards until Ford consistently earns a profit.
The second-highest pay, $8.67 million, was also for only a few months' work; it went to James J. Padilla, who retired as president and chief operating officer in July.
Three executives received bonuses for their roles in reducing manufacturing capacity, cutting costs and achieving other goals as part of Ford's overhaul plan, known as the Way Forward. The awards were part of a retention program that the company recently abandoned.
Mark Fields, president of the Americas division, earned $2.29 million of his $5.57 million in total compensation from that program. Lewis W. K. Booth, executive vice president for Europe, received a $1.7 million retention incentive, while Don R. Leclair, Ford's chief financial officer, received $1.32 million.
Ford said it spent $517,560 to give Mr. Fields use of a company jet in 2006, a perk he stopped using in January after it received considerable negative publicity. Ford now buys first-class commercial airfares to fly Mr. Fields from company offices in Dearborn, Mich., to his family's home in South Florida each weekend.
Executive compensation at all three Detroit automakers has been closely scrutinized since they began revamping plans that will close dozens of factories and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs. They are trying to overcome multibillion-dollar losses and compete better with foreign-based rivals like Toyota and Honda.
This year, as the automakers negotiate a new labor agreement with the United Automobile Workers union, workers are certain to resist demands for concessions if they consider executive salaries to be excessive.
Union members have criticized the awarding of restricted stock option bonuses to top executives at General Motors - although G.M. paid no cash bonuses for the second consecutive year - and a proposal at Ford to pay bonuses to executives there. Ford later announced a program to pay modest bonuses of at least $300 to all employees.
Mr. Mulally earned a base salary of $666,667, or $2 million annualized. He was granted a $7.5 million signing bonus and $11 million to make up for bonuses and stock options he forfeited by leaving Boeing. Ford valued the stock and option awards he received last year at $8.68 million.
In his final year at Boeing, where he headed the commercial airplanes division, Mr. Mulally earned a total of $9.96 million.
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It's ironic that people pay attention to the pay of that CEO when the line workers are not making less than $40 an hour. A wage most PhD's don't get.
But the CEO's pay is running the companies into the ground, not the triple overpaid workers.
That is what the NEWS MEDIA is telling me.
On Thu, 5 Apr 2007 20:42:00 -0400, "Jim Higgins"

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Is it excessive in light of the other execs? Probably. But if Ford didn't agree to it up front he would have gone to work for some other company.
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which he should have done.

Is it excessive in light of the other execs? Probably. But if Ford didn't agree to it up front he would have gone to work for some other company.
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And who specifically would you have run Ford Motor Company?
Bill Ford?

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