The board decided in February to use different performance yardsticks that could make it look like Killinger and other top executives were doing great jobs — and all but ensure them millions of dollars in bonuses for 2008. Those huge losses piling up because of subprime loans and foreclosures? At bonus time, the bank will ignore them.
The behavior of executives that take what they have no right to in unjustifiable pay schemes continues to be a disgrace. Thankfully more people are shedding light on the unconscionable behavior. Excessive executive pay is both a sign of awful ethics and a driver of bad management action. I add two new diseases of western management to Dr. Deming’s 7 deadly diseases; massively overpaid executives is one.