Apple cuts Tim Cook’s pay by $1.5M as company announces 2017 shareholder meeting

Apple has cut Tim Cook’s 2016 pay by a little over $1.5M after the company failed to achieve both revenue and profit goals. The news that Cook’s compensation was cut from $10.28M in 2015 to $8.75M in 2016 was spotted in a regulatory filing by the WSJ.

Apple said its annual sales of $215.6 billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 billion, and its operating income of $60 billion was 0.5% short of the $60.3 billion target. As a result, company executives got 89.5% of their targeted annual cash incentive.

Cook wasn’t the only one to lose out …

While Cook saw the largest cut in percentage terms, at 15%, other named execs saw an average 9.6% year-on-year reduction in compensation.

Cook voluntarily opted to receive the majority of his compensation in stock awards closely tied to the company’s financial performance. However, his largest stock award was for remaining CEO for five years, earning him a cool $100M. He later liquidated $65M worth of shares, leaving him with a holding at the time of some $110M.

Cook announced back in 2015 that he would give away almost all of his wealth during the course of his lifetime.

Apple has also confirmed the date of its next shareholder’s meeting, which will take place on February 28 at its Infinite Loop campus.

Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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