Sun: Where Are the Shareholders' Chauffeurs?
I was poking around looking for an explanation for today’s slide in Sun Microsystems (JAVA) shares when I read a fairly astonishing AP piece from a couple of days ago on the pay package paid in the June 2008 fiscal year to CEO Jonathan Schwartz. It turns out that in fiscal 2008 Schwartz was paid $11 million, a 44 percent raise over his fiscal 2007 compensation package. That includes his $1 million salary, a bonus of $1.04 million, 66,000 restricted stock units and options on 500,000 shares. Schwartz also received $52,000 for a car and driver–i.e., he gets a chauffeur–to transport him to work for what the company describes in an SEC filing as “security and efficiency reasons.”