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April 13, 2007


Stuart Oliver

Interesting blog...I'd like to put forward another view, not because I feel the need to defend the CEO salary or agree with it but because a "devils advocate" type thought occurred to me when I read your post.

So, we've got a company performing badly - very badly. And a CEO being compensated well - very well.
Are we comparing like with like? I'm not sure we are.
Many will doubt the value of the CEO to a company that performs badly but one could speculate that without the CEO the company would have performed much worse and, furthermore, that he was the best guy to be the CEO in this situation.

For me, a better comparison that encompasses both company performance and absolute salary would be to take the performance of other airlines and the salary of their respective CEO. If the profit is ten times that of US Airways and the CEOs salary is ten times that of Doug's then one could argue that Doug's is on track.

Just a thought...

The cynical, or perhaps humorous, might say I'm simply paving the way to be an airlines Chief Exec, mess it all up, and retire a happy man...;)

Alan moore

hi Stuart,

Your point is valid and well made.

However US Airways is an ongoing topic on this blog, if you read about the personal defeat, and frustration people have experienced with US Airways and they are not the only one, it expands upon a broader canvas of accountability.

Thanks for posting and good luck with the Airline CEO job hunting :-)



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