Bank of America Increases CEO Moynihan's Pay 23% to $16 Million

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Brian Moynihan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Corp.

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  • CEO cut expenses 24% last year as he resolved legal issues
  • Half of compensation is in stock linked to future performance

Bank of America Corp. awarded Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan $16 million for his work last year, raising his potential compensation 23 percent.

Moynihan received $14.5 million in stock grants for 2015 and left his salary unchanged at $1.5 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday. A year earlier, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank gave the CEO of the second-biggest U.S. bank a $13 million pay package.

Moynihan, 56, survived a battle with investors in 2015 over whether he should be stripped of his role as chairman as the bank’s stock lagged behind peers. The company also wrangled with regulators, as it was forced to resubmit its capital plan under the Federal Reserve’s annual stress test. Moynihan slashed expenses 24 percent last year, partly by putting some of the bank’s biggest legal woes behind it.

Bank of America shares slid 5.9 percent in 2015, trailing the 3.5 percent drop of the 90-company Standard & Poor’s 500 Financials Index.

Half of what the bank granted Moynihan for 2015 is in the form of stock linked to performance over a three-year period through 2018, according to the filing. For Moynihan to receive the full value, Bank of America must meet “growth goals” for return on assets and adjustable tangible book value during those years.

Bank Executives

Executives of some other major Wall Street banks saw their compensation for 2015 reduced as they contended with missed financial targets and waning stock prices. Morgan Stanley cut CEO James Gorman’s pay last month by 6.7 percent to $21 million while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reduced Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein’s by 4.2 percent to $23 million.

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., saw his pay boosted 35 percent to $27 million.

Moynihan, an Ohio-born lawyer who rose through the ranks at FleetBoston Financial Corp. before Bank of America bought it, outlasted other executives in late 2009 as talks fell apart with CEO candidates from firms including Bank of New York Mellon Corp. He gained the chairman title in October 2014 after spending much of his time as CEO, and more than $70 billion, dealing with the fallout from his predecessor’s acquisitions of Merrill Lynch & Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp.

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