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Morgan Stanley chief given pay cut

Posted on January 31, 2013

James Gorman, Morgan Stanley chief executive, has been handed a 7.1 per cent pay cut despite a near-doubling of his performance-related bonus.

Details of Mr Gorman’s pay, which was foreshadowed last week in a regulatory filing, were released by the bank on Thursday after Morgan Stanley’s board met to finalise his package.

    Mr Gorman was given a performance-related bonus of $3.75m, on top of $2.6m of deferred cash, $2.6m of stock options and a salary of $800,000. Mr Gorman’s salary for 2013 has been almost doubled to $1.5m, the bank said Thursday.

    The $9.75m package for 2012 is below the $10.5m Mr Gorman earned for 2011. The chief executive said he has been slashing pay and bonuses for his bankers as he seeks to cut costs and boost returns for the restructured bank’s shareholders.

    Robert Kidder, independent lead director of the bank’s board, said in Thursday’s filing: “2012 was a transition year for Morgan Stanley, and management along with much of the organisation saw reduced compensation.

    “The board is confident of the strategic decisions taken by senior management and our decision to grant these forward-looking LTIP [long-term incentive programme] awards reflects that confidence.”

    Details of Mr Gorman’s new LTIP were also outlined in the filing. The chief executive will receive $3.75m if he meets certain targets, which were not disclosed. That is up from the $1.94m Mr Gorman could earn under the bank’s last performance payout system, announced in 2011.

    Mr Gorman could earn as much as $7.5m if he “meaningfully” surpasses the company’s targets, or nothing if he fails to match those goals.

    Ruth Porat, the bank’s chief financial officer, will earn $2.75m if she meets goals. Greg Fleming, head of Morgan Stanley wealth management, and Colm Kelleher, president of the bank’s institutional securities business, would each earn $3m.

    Morgan Stanley’s return on equity – a key measure of its profitability – was a mere 6 per cent in the last three months of 2012, lagging behind competitors such as Goldman Sachs. Mr Gorman has said he wants to achieve a return on equity of at least 10 per cent.