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Coca-Cola CEO pay falls as bonus pay drops

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent saw his pay drop 16 percent last year as the world's biggest beverage maker failed to meet its own long-term growth targets.

Kent's package was worth $18.2 million for 2013, according to a filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. That's down from the $21.6 million he earned in the previous year.

The decline was primarily the result of a lower performance-based bonus, which fell to $2.2 million, from $6 million. That portion of his pay is tied to financial metrics such as sales volume, which rose just 2 percent for the year. The previous year, the figure had increased 4 percent, in line with the company's long-term goals.

A new cap for that portion of Kent's pay was also triggered this year because Coca-Cola's total shareholder return fell below the median of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500.

Executives at the Atlanta-based company, whose products include Sprite, Fanta and Vitaminwater, have cited weak economic conditions around the world for the year's underwhelming results. Back at home, Coca-Cola Co. is also struggling to boost sales in its flagship soda business as people turn to the growing number of alternatives in the beverage aisle.

Still, Kent has expressed confidence in the company's ability to "restore momentum" to its business in the year ahead. The 61-year-old has been CEO since the summer of 2008, after working in numerous executive positions around the world for the world's biggest beverage maker. He took on the chairman title in 2009.

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