Intel CEO gets $18.9M pay package in final year

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel CEO Paul Otellini received a pay package valued at $18.9 million last year as he prepared to retire, bowing out from a challenge posed by the growing popularity of mobile devices that have curtailed the demand for the company's personal computer chips.

The amount disclosed in a Wednesday regulatory filing represents a 10 percent increase from Otellini's total compensation in 2011, based on a formula used by The Associated Press.

The uptick stemmed from the size of the Intel stock awards and options that Otellini got last year. Those could end up being worth more or less than the company's estimated values, depending on how Intel's recently slumping stock fares in the future.

Intel Corp.'s board wasn't entirely satisfied with Otellini's performance last year. To reflect its disappointment, the board's compensation committee trimmed the cash portion of Otellini's incentive pay by 19 percent from the previous year to $5.23 million.

Although Intel's board says it wanted him to remain CEO, Otellini announced late last year that he will retire at the company's annual meeting this year. The board plans to name Otellini's successor before the May 16 meeting, which will be held at Intel's Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters.

The change in command comes at a critical time for Intel. After thriving for decades as the dominant seller of PC microprocessors, Intel is scrambling to prove it can make chips that work well on smartphones and tablet computers.

Qualcomm Inc. and other chip makers have gotten the upper hand in the mobile-device market so far, undercutting Intel's financial performance and standing among investors. Last year, both Intel's earnings and stock price fell by 15 percent from 2011.

Intel's stock fell 40 cents to $21.06 in Wednesday afternoon trading. The shares have fallen by 18 percent since Otellini was promoted to CEO in May 2005.

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