Shareholders urged to oppose IAG’s executive bonus scheme
Willie Walsh’s £1.58m bonus and £1.29m share options are excessive, say advisers
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh: consultants say his £850,000 salary was in the “median range” for his industry but branded as excessive his £1.58 million bonus and £1.29 million share options. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Advisers say shareholders should oppose Aer Lingus parent International Airlines Group’s (IAG) executive bonus scheme and vote against the re-election of key directors at Thursday’s annual general meeting.
Pension Investment and Research Consultants (PIRC) says chief executive Irishman Willie Walsh’s £850,000 salary was in the “median range” for his industry, but branded as excessive his £1.58 million bonus and £1.29 million share options.
The organisation, which advises investors in publicly-quoted companies, recommends that shareholders should abstain on the vote on IAG’s remuneration report, which gives them a non-binding say on executives’ pay. It also says that they should support Mr Walsh’s re-election as director.
PIRC urges shareholders to vote against changes in executive pay policy on the a number of grounds, including that IAG’s incentive plan for executives could see them receive shares worth up to four times their salary.
The consultants say investors should vote against the re-election of chairman Antonio Vázquez Romero on the grounds that he was not independent as he was executive chair of IAG subsidiary Iberia, when he was appointed.
PIRC opposes re-electing chief financial officer, Enrique Dupuy de Lôme as he did not attend one of 11 board meetings during 2017 and IAG failed to explain this sufficiently.
IAG said it has noted PIRC’s report and made its comments directly to the organisation.