They should have hired me. I could have underperformed as CEO like Braly and would have been willing to resign for $10 million, thus saving Wellpoint investors a cool $10.6 million.
Braly, who resigned in August amid pressure from investors who were dissatisfied with her performance, earned about $13 million in each of the previous two years.
Company officials attributed the boost in income primarily to an estimated $7.8 million in vested stock options.
Braly’s compensation also included an annual performance incentive bonus of $1.37 million. That is about 77 percent of the amount for which she was eligible.
This just proves my point that my point about CEO pay being out of whack and that it, for structural reasons, does not reflect the market. I've written about the subject before, ironically in 2010 when another Wellpoint CEO was appointed to the Board of Simon Property Group. See:
Friday, March 19, 2010, "Why CEO Salaries are Out of Control"
see also: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, "Excessive CEO Pay"