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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse  (Source:
Hesse returned the $3.25 million after previosuly excluding the financial effect of carrying Apple's iPhone when determining employee bonuses

Sprint Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse has decided to return over $3.25 million after shareholders expressed concern with the company's recent move regarding employee bonuses and Apple's iPhone.

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, Hesse returned the $3.25 million after previously excluding the financial effect of carrying Apple's iPhone when determining employee bonuses.

This move upset shareholders, so Hesse decided to return the money to the company.

"I do not want, nor does our Compensation Committee want, to penalize Sprint employees for the company's investment with Apple," said Hesse. "I'm hopeful that these actions will allow the company to remain focused on delivering the best overall customer experience in the wireless industry, which is what will serve the company best in the long run."

Sprint agreed to purchase 30.5 million iPhones for about $20 billion over a four-year period last year. In August 2011, Hesse reportedly told the Sprint board of directors that the company would likely lose on the agreement with Apple until 2014, but believed in the deal because he said iPhones were more profitable than others like Android-based phones. According to Hesse, iPhones have a "low churn rate" and iPhone users consume less data.

When the iPhone 4S first launched, which was Sprint's first iPhone, the carrier sold 1.8 million of the Apple smartphone. In Q1 2012, Sprint sold 1.5 million iPhones total.

"We applaud Dan for his willingness to sacrifice personal compensation in order to reduce any distraction that could negatively affect the morale and performance of the company," said Sprint Board Chairman James Hance Jr. "Dan enjoys the full support of our board of directors, and we appreciate the leadership he has demonstrated as he continues to guide the company through a turnaround in a difficult competitive environment."

Hesse's pay in 2011 was $11.9 million, including stock and option awards. Hesse said he plans to reduce his salary by $346,223 this year to pay back part of the iPhone bonus, and will give up $544,607 in future pay for last year's performance. The other $2 million that he's giving back will be in performance units that he was given in February.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

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CEO's should be punished for failure.
By dark matter on 5/8/2012 12:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
At present it's all an old boys club. If an employee doesn't perform he doesn't keep the job. If a CEO doesn't perform the employee doesn't keep his job but the CEO still gets paid a bonus of millions.

There is no justification that anyone can produce that is plausible.

By retrospooty on 5/8/2012 12:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
"There is no justification that anyone can produce that is plausible."

If you rise to the rank of CEO and have it pre-written into your contract, can you blame them? The finger has to point at the board that hires the CEO and allows golden parachute contracts. Its basically saying, we like you and have faith in your ability to run the company, but just in case you flop and massively hurt our business we will still pay you. Not a good sounding deal. I would think it would be pay by merit. Make us profiatable and you get millions, run us into the dirt and you get dirt.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/8/2012 4:53:26 PM , Rating: 1
CEO's steer ships worth billions of dollars. When they make the right calls, the ENTIRE company profits. A lot of those employees jobs were directly created from decisions by CEO's or are a side-effect of increased growth/profits.

When a CEO makes bad decisions, the inverse happens. Only a Liberal nutjob idiot would look for equality between a CEO and a regular employee. Are you daft or something? Gee I wonder why a CEO get's paid so much, duh, it's only like one of, if not the, most important job in any given company.

Oh and lots of people who don't perform keep their jobs. It's called a Union.

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