Hostess CEO cuts everyone's pay but his
Gregory Rayburn argues that because he isn't on the Hostess payroll, he should still get his full $125,000 a month.
Gregory Rayburn will still get his $125,000 a month, or $1.5 million a year, the company told The Huffington Post. His logic is that because he isn't on the Hostess payroll, he doesn't have to take part in the company-wide pay cut.
Rayburn looks at himself as temporary, telling The New York Post he's more like outside help and therefore entitled to his full salary. He said he will leave Hostess when he's no longer needed, the Post reports.
Rayburn joined Hostess in February as chief restructuring officer, and one month later was named president and CEO. He's also on the board of directors.
To be fair, Rayburn is taking some measures to rein in his pay. He was eligible to get a bonus of between $375,000 and $1.125 million, but decided to give up the money, The Huffington Post reports. And Rayburn and three other top executives are taking $1 for the rest of the year in pay, but their full salaries will be reinstated in January.
That's small comfort to the rank-and-file employees who watched a number of Hostess executives get sweet pay raises and bonuses as the company barreled into bankruptcy. The company wants 19 top managers to stay with Hostess as it moves into the liquidation phase, and got approval from a bankruptcy judge to award up to $1.75 million in retainment bonuses.
The execs only get those bonuses if they perform specific tasks related to easing the operational wind-down, a company spokesman told The Los Angeles Times. Rayburn won't be getting a bonus.
At least 15,000 Hostess employees are losing their jobs in bankruptcy, but Hostess wants to keep about 3,200 to help wind down operations.
Hostess cracked under nearly $1 billion in debt, and blame for its demise can be spread far and wide. Private-equity firms funding the company couldn't get it off the ground. When consumers lost interest in carbs and sugar, the biggest innovation Hostess could come up with was banana-filling Twinkies. Although union members agreed to steep concessions over the years, it still failed to adjust to new realities. The old CEO, Brian Driscoll, suddenly bailed in March without explanation, Fortune reports.
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You will all complain about this man's salary until the day YOU are blessed enough to make that kind of money. If that day were to ever come upon you all bets are off and then it will be alright, in your eyes.
Ursala Burns CEO Xerox - $4.1 M salary
Debra Lee CEO BET - $5.5 M net worth
E. Stanley ONiel CEO Merrill Lynch - $700K salary, $31 M bonus last yr.
Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express - $18.5 M in salary and bonus last yr
John W. Thompson, CEO of Symantec- $14.8 M in salary and bonus last yr
Richard D. Parsons, CEO of Time Warner- $15 M in salary and bonus last yr.
Wow..CEO's are all white and Republican...WRONG ....
The usual capitalist stooges/union bashers in this board are the ones who have destroyed this country. They want to bring back Slavery by the sweet names of "capitalism", "opportunity", "hard work", "mininum wage", etc. Socialism is only way to punish these greedy, selfish, freeloading, lazy, capitalists. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, would have been a free man today if he had only said, "I am a capitalist. How dare you attack my success?"
I agree this guy is getting way too much for a company going down the tube...BUT, it is the gov'ts fault for not protecting our manufacturers from foreign competition via increased tariffs. You would not beleive the amount of food and drink that is imported from foreign countries and isn't required to bear a "product of china" label because it's packaged or "further processed" in the states before it's sold. Imported food tonnage has trippled since 2000 and there is only 2/3rds the USDA inspectors there used to be. Rumor is less than 1% gets checked.
The way it works is when you, your kid, or your pet dies someone will raise an eyebrow and trace it back to whoflungdung who put the melamine in the food and flag their shipments into the US.
Enjoy your next meal.
The executives pretty much own the company and can do with the company what they want. No jealousy here. If you want that type of pay to keep for yourself or give to others, then work to achieve it. Why complain...the US is supposed to be a society that rewards hard work when you have a service or product that consumers want.
This has gone on far too long. Time to limit top pay of everyone except inventors. The President of the US has more responsibilty than any CEO. Time to top theirs out to the same including stock, benefits, bonuses, etc.
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It's time to limit your existence!!
The president has far less brains than any CEO - in fact - he has far less brains than the most indigent farm worker in this land!!!
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