The new clawbacks from Wells Fargo executives put the pay taken from the former chief executive and ex-head of its community bank as the third- and fourth-highest in history.
On Monday, Wells Fargo
clawed back an additional $28 million from the pay of former CEO John Stumpf and another $47 million’s worth of stock options from Carrie Tolstedt, who headed what was called the community bank, after the bank’s board studied sales practices at the lender that opened millions of unauthorized accounts.
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An updated MarketWatch analysis of forfeitures and so-called clawbacks of compensation by the Securities and Exchange Commission or by companies themselves finds that Stumpf retained his spot for the third-highest clawback, while Tolstedt has leapfrogged ex-Comverse CEO Kobi Alexander for fourth place.
A previous examination of clawbacks by MarketWatch found it was a rarely used tool until 2006.
The updated data was compiled by Audit Analytics:
Executive Company Amount Reason William McGuire United Health $600 million Options backdating Dennis Kozlowski Tyco $505.8 million Accounting fraud John Stumpf Wells Fargo $69 million Unauthorized account opening Carrie Tolstedt Wells Fargo $66.3 million Unauthorized account opening Kobi Alexander Comverse $26.2 million Options backdating Jamie Dimon J.P. Morgan $11.5 million ‘Whale’ loss Stephen Gillett Best Buy $10.2 million Short tenure Ian McCarthy Beazer $6.5 million cash plus restricted stock Accounting fraud Doug Braunstein J.P. Morgan $4.5 million ‘Whale’ loss Michael Laphen CSC (now DXC) $3.7 million Accounting fraud
In the Audit Analytics review, it found one company, Western Union
issuing a statement explaining why a clawback wasn’t merited for a $586 million settlement with federal and state regulators over not having an effective anti money-laundering program.
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Wells Fargo shares have fallen 2.3% in 2017, while the S&P 500
has gained 5%.