AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Got Pay Cut for Failed T-Mobile Deal

AT&T Inc. (T) Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson received a $2.08 million pay cut in 2011 for failing to successfully complete the T-Mobile USA acquisition, according to a federal filing.

Stephenson’s total pay, including stock, was $22 million, a 19 percent decline from the $27.3 million he received in 2010.

AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, abandoned its $39 billion takeover bid for Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile in December, after facing opposition from federal regulators. The Dallas-based company paid a $4 billion breakup fee to T-Mobile after the deal was dissolved.

The company says its “named officers” all took a pay cut to 75 percent to 80 percent of their target bonuses related to the T-Mobile deal’s collapse.

“AT&T is committed to paying for performance and the compensation reflects that,” said McCall Butler, a spokeswoman for AT&T in Washington, D.C.

Two executives -- Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, and John Stankey, AT&T’s chief strategy officer -- received 100 percent of their bonuses.

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