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AT&T CEO Pays $2 Million for T-Mobile Deal Debacle

AT&T’s failed takeover of T-Mobile cost the company dearly — $4.2 billion in breakup fees paid out in cash and spectrum rights.

Turns out it cost CEO Randall Stephenson, as well — $2.08 million in bonuses.

In a new filing with the SEC, AT&T’s board called Stephenson out for the collapse of what would have been a $39 billion merger between the nation’s second-largest and fourth-largest mobile phone operators.

“Although costs incurred in large merger transactions (such as T-Mobile) are to be excluded in calculating final performance attainment, the Committee determined to include the T-Mobile transaction costs in determining payouts for all outstanding executive officer performance share awards, resulting in reduced final award payouts for performance shares with a 2009-2011 performance period,” the board explained in the filing.

And then it took the scalpel to Stephenson’s incentive pay, slashing his short-term bonus to approximately $1,260,000 — a 25 percent cut — and his stock award to about $820,000 — a 6 percent reduction.

End result: A nasty $2 million pay cut that helped drop Stephenson’s total compensation for the year to $22 million, a 19 percent decline from the $27.3 million he received in 2010.


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— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald