Best Buy announces new CEO's pay

  @jtotoole August 21, 2012: 7:55 PM ET
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Best Buy reported second-quarter earnings Tuesday that fell short of expectations.


Embattled retailer Best Buy revealed the pay package for incoming CEO Hubert Joly on Tuesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Joly, who takes the reins of the company next month, is set to receive an initial annual base salary of $1.175 million. He'll also receive a package of cash and stock worth $16.25 million to compensate for forfeitures incurred as a result of his departure from travel company Carlson Wagonlit, where he was CEO.

This package also includes a conditional stock grant worth $3.75 million, which is subject to the performance of Best Buy's shares.

Beginning in the 2014 fiscal year, Joly will be eligible for a bonus worth up to four times his salary, with a compensation "target value" of at least $8.75 million, Best Buy (BBY, Fortune 500) said in the filing.

The company is currently locked in a takeover battle with founder and former chairman Richard Schulze, who earlier this month announced an offer to buy the company's outstanding shares in a deal that would value Best Buy at more than $8 billion. But Schulze and the company disclosed Sunday that they had reached an impasse in negotiations.

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Schulze stepped down as chairman in June after he was caught up in a scandal involving former CEO Brian Dunn.

Best Buy said Dunn violated company policy by engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female coworker. The company's board said Schulze "acted inappropriately" by not reporting Dunn's relationship with the employee when he learned of it a few months prior.

On Tuesday, Best Buy reported second-quarter earnings that fell well short of expectations, sending shares down 1.4% during the trading day. To top of page

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