Qwest gives execs stock awards
CEO gets $8.4 million out of total $17 million
By David Milstead
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Qwest has given five of its top executives stock awards valued
at nearly $17 million.
The annual awards include stock options, restricted stock and
new "performance shares." All the awards can gain or lose
value based on how Qwest stock does over the next few years.
CEO Ed Mueller received awards valued at $8.4 million, with half
coming in the form of stock options and the remainder split
between restricted stock and performance shares.
The remaining executives -- John Richardson, Richard Baer, Paula
Kruger and Thomas E. Richards -- received awards with values
ranging from $1.92 million to $2.54 million.
The "performance share" program is new.
It calls for the executives to receive their shares in two or
three years. Qwest will measure the performance of its
stock over the 60 trading days before the end of the period.
If it outperforms a peer group of telcos, the executives can get
up to 200 percent of the original value of the award. If
Qwest performs the same as its peers, the executives get the
full award. Executives get nothing only if Qwest
underperforms its peers by 20 percent or more.