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Nike’s CEO paid $30m to stay until 2020


How much would it take for you to stay with your current company for another five years?

Perhaps sportswear giant Nike offered its Chief Exec a blank cheque in the hope that he’d stay, since Mark Parker has been awarded $30m (£19m) in exchange for half a decade longer with the retailer – a package equivalent to ten times Parker’s typical annual share bonus. 

Parker has been Nike’s long-standing CEO since 2006, starting his career in 1979 as a shoe designer. Because he has served in a variety of roles throughout the marketing and design functions, he has a 360° view of the business.

Last year, Parker’s 35th with the US sports group, he was given a $10,000 bonus and his salary increased by 15% to $16.9m, just as Nike sales jumped 14% to $40.6bn.

Parker's future bonus  was revealed n a stock market filing from Nike which said: "In view of the company’s strong performance under Mr Parker’s leadership and to provide an incentive for Mr Parker to stay for at least the next five years, on June 30, 2015, the committee granted to Mr. Parker the opportunity to earn a restricted stock unit award with a target value of $30m representing 277,727 shares of our Class B Stock based on the closing price on the grant date.

60% of the award’s maximum value is based on the Company’s performance, and also will not be earned unless Mr Parker remains employed with the company."

Published on Wednesday 22 July by Veebs Sabharwal

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