GM paid $11.1 million to CEO Akerson in 2012: source
By Deepa Seetharaman
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co GM.N gave Chief Executive Dan Akerson an $11.1 million pay package last year, a GM official familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, after the CEO's salary came under scrutiny this week.
The figure reflects $2 million in restricted stock units that Akerson received in 2011, but only vested in 2012, according to the GM official, who requested anonymity.
Akerson's compensation last year also includes $1.7 million in cash, $7.3 million in stock and other incentives.
Several media outlets reported late Monday that GM asked U.S. officials to allow for a pay increase of more than 20 percent for Akerson in 2013.
Compensation of GM executives is governed by a special paymaster from the U.S. government as part of provisions put in place after GM's U.S.-funded bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.
GM issued a statement on Tuesday denying the request for the 2013 pay bump. The U.S. automaker said its compensation request was misinterpreted for political gain before a congressional hearing Tuesday on executive pay at companies that received federal bailouts.
The $11.1 million figure was included in GM's compensation request, but it referred to Akerson's 2012 pay package and was not a request for 2013, the GM official said.
The largest U.S. automaker has set a $9 million target for Akerson's compensation. In 2011, Akerson's pay came to $7.7 million, including $1.7 million cash and $5.3 million in stock. Continued...