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American Express CEO gets 60 pc hike in base salary

In the backdrop of raging debate on huge bonus payouts, American Express has raised the annual base salary for its Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I Chenault by 60 per cent to $2 million.

business Updated: Jan 31, 2010 17:12 IST

In the backdrop of raging debate on huge bonus payouts, American Express has raised the annual base salary for its Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I Chenault by 60 per cent to $2 million.

"The base salary of Kenneth I Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, has been increased from $1,250,000 per annum to $2,000,000 per annum," global credit card major American Express said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The total compensation package for Chenault in 2008 was little over $27 million.

Hit by the financial meltdown, American Express had received over $3 billion in bailout funds from the US government, which was repaid recently.

The issue of huge bonuses given to top executives, has come in for severe criticism , and many of them even blamed such practices for the ravaging financial crisis.

Many financial institutions have moved to raise the base salary for its top executives while cutting down on bonuses.

Apart from Chenault, base salaries for the company's Vice Chairman Edward P Gilligan, Group President (Global Services and Chief Information Officer) Stephen J Squeri and Executive Vice President and CFO Daniel T Henry have been increased.

The decision by the firm's Compensation and Benefits Committee would be effective from February 1.