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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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RE: You gotta like Hesse
By The Raven on 5/10/2012 3:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
My point is to get rid of boards deciding compensation completely and put it up to shareholder vote.
Really? Most shareholders don't know much about their portfolios let alone how to determine what their execs should make to make an informed decision on such a thing. And who is to say that if the shareholders did form a direct democracy that the result would be any different? But anyway if you were ok with that I don't see why shareholders wouldn't be able to determine the salary of all of the employees. I know a lot of people at the DMV who should be paid less.

And besides, if CEO pay was such a concern shareholders have a meetings where they elect the board members. So basically that is your idea except it is a representative form of it. I'm surprised that you didn't know this already about the typical corporate structure.

And that brings me to the point that you seem to miss and that is that if what you propose is such a great system, why doesn't anyone use it? You sound like you assume that the shareholders and board members are all a bunch of greedy dolts who just want to take the money and run. They have a very sizable interest in seeing the company succeed. Does corruption exist? Yes. Do you have to take efforts to curb corruption? Yes, you do at all levels of life. And that is the kicker. Like in your example where the board members are just looking for a raise at their company. Ok let's shift that power to the shareholders and they all vote themselves a raise. What the hell?

If you don't like this system. Don't use a cell phone or buy soap or hamburgers in America or most of the world. Go into the hills and live off the fat of the land.

Anyway, sorry if I missed some of your previous posts. Though I thought I read most of them. But really what you are saying is so crazy to me that I really have given little thought to it ever since I realized that Santa Claus isn't real.

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