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FORTUNE: CEO pay: They didn't earn it – and should return it – May. 2, 2006

I know this is a lean blog, not CEO watch, but I can't help pointing out this article from Fortune. CEO's love to talk about “pay for performance.” What happens when they get paid on fudged performance and cooked books? Mostly, they get to keep it.

The popular culture is outraged that Barry Bonds, a “cheater” is about to pass Babe Ruth. His records shouldn't count, some say.

Shouldn't we be more upset about CEO's, our corporate leaders, cheating and taking bonuses they shouldn't have been entitled to?

  • Frank Dunn, Nortel: $5.7 million bonus, overstated revenue by $1.2 billion
  • Hank Greenberg, AIG: $19.5 million bonus, overstated profit by $3.9 billion
  • Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates: $300 million bonus, overstated revenue by $2.2 billion
  • Scott Livengood, Krispy Kreme: $1.6 million bonus, overstated profit by $22 million

The law makes it tough, in certain ways (read the article) for corporations to get the money back after the financial restatements.

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2 Comments
  1. Rumour says

    im compelled to read anything with the word shenaningans.

  2. curiouscat says

    Ridiculas CEO pay is a lean issue – I believe. For more info see: Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letter.

    I believe there is a good chance Deming would add excessive CEO pay to his deadly diseases of management if he experienced what we are now (Drucker spoke out strongly against the trend in the last few decades).

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