One guy just got paid $ 44 million to be CEO for a day.
In an apparent corporate coup, Duke Energy, an electric power holding company that recently merged with Progress Energy, appears to have reneged on the spirit of its merger agreement with Progress, the Los Angeles Times reports. The merger agreement stipulated that the new company would have Progress’ William Johnson as chief executive and Duke’s James Rogers as executive chairman, according to The New York Times.
But within hours of the merger’s completion and installation of Johnson as CEO of the combined company, the board of directors asked for Johnson’s resignation and installed Rogers as the combined company’s CEO. For the mere day he served as CEO, Johnson was provided a compensation package which included $ 44 million, Forbes reports.