QVC CEO Mike George Pulled In $29.6 Million In Compensation Last Year

It’s past 2 a.m., we need to go to sleep. but we can’t until we write about QVC Inc. CEO Mike George’s salary! He made a whopping $29.6 million in compensation last year (unless our eyes and mind are blurry at this late hour).

That would buy a hell of a lot of Dell computers and Affinity diamond baubles.

According to a 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday by QVC parent Liberty Interactive, George made a base salary last year of $1 million.

Here’s the link to the filing, and the page with the chart on George’s comp is on page 19.

http://ir.libertyinteractive.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1104659-12-30736

But that’s not all, folks.

He also received a $700,000 bonus, stock options for $27.9 million and a measly $52,583 in “other compensation.”

There was a footnote on the $29.7 million and the $52,583.

For the options, the filing said, “Represents the grant date fair value of Mr. George’s multi-year option award granted in March 2011. See “—Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of 2011 Executive Compensation—Equity Incentive Compensation” and “—Executive Compensation Arrangements—Michael A. George” for more information. Mr. George’s multi-year option award is similar in function to the multi-year awards previously granted to named executive officers, and it is anticipated that Mr. George will not receive any additional equity awards during the term of his employment agreement with QVC.”

For the pocket change of $50,000-plus, the 10-K says, “Includes a tax gross-up relating to certain out of state income taxes to which Mr. George was subject in connection with the performance of his duties outside of QVC’s headquarters.”

For the masochists among you, here are more details about George’s deal.

On May 3, 2011, QVC entered into an employment agreement with Mr. George. The agreement provides for, among other things, a five year employment term beginning January 1, 2011 and ending December 15, 2015, with an annual base salary of $1 million, increasing annually by 3% of the prior year’s base salary, and an annual target cash bonus equal to 100% of the applicable year’s annual base salary which will be determined by the chief executive officer of our company pursuant to criteria established in QVC’s annual bonus program (which program is approved each year by our company’s chief executive officer) or, in the event Mr. George is considered a “covered employee” for any given year for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, his bonus will be determined by our company’s compensation committee based on such criteria as approved in advance by such committee and that are designed in a manner such that the bonus will be treated as “qualified performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m). Also pursuant to the agreement, Mr. George is entitled to certain welfare, retirement and fringe benefits available to senior-level executives of QVC.

On March 2, 2011, Mr. George was granted 3.8 million options to acquire shares of LINTA (the 2011 LINTA Options ) at an exercise price of $16.01 per share, which was the closing price of LINTA on such date. One-half of the 2011 LINTA Options will vest on December 15, 2014 with the remaining options vesting on December 15, 2015. The options have a term of 7 years. It is anticipated that Mr. George will not receive any additional equity award grants during the term of his employment agreement.

The agreement provides that, in the event Mr. George is terminated for cause (as defined in the agreement), he will be entitled to his accrued base salary through the date of termination, unpaid expenses, his vested benefits and any amounts due under applicable law.

In addition, all equity awards granted to Mr. George prior to January 1, 2011 that are outstanding and unvested at the time of his termination for cause (the Pre-2011 Unvested Awards ) and all 2011 LINTA Options then held by Mr. George that have not become exercisable as of the date of such termination will be forfeited, and all equity awards granted to Mr. George prior to January 1, 2011 that are outstanding and vested but unexercised at the time of such termination (the Pre-2011 Vested Awards ) and all 2011 LINTA Options that are outstanding and vested but unexercised as of the date of such termination will remain exercisable for a period of up to 90 days after the date of such termination or until the original expiration date of the options if sooner.

If Mr. George terminates his employment without good reason (as defined in the agreement), he will be entitled to his accrued base salary though the date of termination, any declared but unpaid bonus for the calendar year prior to the year of termination, unpaid expenses, his vested benefits and any amounts due under applicable law. He will forfeit all rights to any Pre-2011 Unvested Awards and to any 2011 LINTA Options then held that have not become exercisable as of the date of his termination, any Pre-2011 Vested Awards that are options or similar rights will be treated as specified in the applicable agreement governing such equity award, and any 2011 LINTA Options that are outstanding and vested but unexercised as of the date of termination will be exercisable for a period of 90 days after the date of termination or until the original expiration date of the options if sooner.

If, however, Mr. George terminates his employment for good reason or if his employment is terminated by QVC without cause, then he is entitled to receive his base salary for a period of one year and a lump sum payment of $1.5 million, in addition to accrued base salary through the date of termination, unpaid expenses, his vested benefits and any other amounts due under applicable law.

In addition, any Pre-2011 Unvested Awards held on the date of termination that would have vested during the 365-day period following the date of such termination had Mr. George continued to be employed by QVC during such period will vest as of the date of termination. Further, a pro rata portion of each tranche of the 2011 LINTA Options that is not vested on the date of termination will vest as of such date, with such pro rata portion based on the portion of time Mr. George was employed by QVC and its affiliates during the vesting period of such tranche plus 365 days.

The exercisability of any Pre-2011 Vested Awards, any vested 2011 LINTA Options and any Pre-2011 Unvested Awards that vest pursuant to the foregoing sentence will be extended to the earlier of the original expiration date of the option or two years from the date of the termination. In the case of Mr. George’s death or disability (as defined in the agreement), the agreement provides for the right to receive his base salary for a period of one year, his accrued base salary through the date of termination, unpaid expenses, any declared but unpaid bonus for the calendar year prior to the year in which the termination occurs, his vested benefits and any amounts due under applicable law.

In addition, the Pre-2011 Vested Awards, the Pre-2011 Unvested Awards and the 2011 LINTA Options will immediately vest and become exercisable (to the extent not already vested) and will be exercisable throughout the remainder of the full original term of such equity award.

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8 Responses to “QVC CEO Mike George Pulled In $29.6 Million In Compensation Last Year”

  1. Donna Wolf Says:

    In these economic times, this is extremely bad form. I will certainly curb my buying from QVC, based on this news. Bad form George, BAD FORM!

  2. Risa Says:

    He must have gained a buck or two from every shipping and handling charge. I’m with Donna, I will not be spending much of my money lining a millionaire’s pockets. Is anybody worth millions and millions – can they provide that much value?

  3. Peaches B. Says:

    I agree QVC is not a great value like it used to be…PA a very liberal state and support Obama because economy has not been hit as hard there as some places. However with places to shop like Kohls who carry Chaps brand, and JC Penny who carry Liz Wear and others now are much better values because of the high ship/handling charges on QVC. Plus they have to jack up prices to cover the huge salaries they pay their hosts.

  4. LadyLuke Says:

    I’m co-signing all of the comments above! @ Risa – no ONE person is worth this ransom just for doing a job they were hired to do. Good or bad economy it’s bananas that one executive makes this type of money in only 365 days! He should get federal time for this!! QVC is nothing but a greedy legal racket with a lot of power in retail. They have the means & power to update their practices to offer their customers good discounts on the price points and lower s & h. This would go a long way with retaining/building their customer base. But I don’t see them changing this model they’ve created because ripping off the customer work$ for their bottom line.

  5. Ann Says:

    I am currently clearing out an estate of hoarding – 90% of it from QVC purchases by an 80 year old woman who lived alone. QVC was delivering 3-4 times a year to her home address for YEARS. When I am through with this case I plan on writing legislation to curb the sharking by TV Selling personalities who prey on elders with who are lonely. I have kept several purchase slips. There are 14 big bins of unopened jewelry from QVC. This is just the beginning.

  6. Ann Says:

    Correction – deliveries were 2-4 times PER WEEK not per year!!

  7. Margaret Jackson Says:

    I am a pissed off QVC customer, having shopped for the last 20 plus years and spending thousands of dollars. The reason I am pissed is I just received a letter from QVC saying that within the last year, I have made what they consider an excessive amount of returns!! They constantly say, if you don’t love your purchase, send it back, no questions asked!! I am most certainly returning something that doesn’t fit, is not a good value for the price, is defective, or I just plainly don’t like it when I see it in person. As I said, I have spent thousands of $$$$$ on QVC merchandise over the years. I am so mad I could just spit!! I’m the one taking a loss paying for shipping costs twice!! Give me a break QVC!! I can see you are really hurting for money! Smh!

  8. Leslie Says:

    Remember this post every time you think you might want to buy from QVC. Think about Mike George’s greed and think about the 1000’s of individuals he laid off that are now suffering while exporting their jobs overseas. Think about it…

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