Satya Nadella earned $18.3 million in 2015 on the back of strong performance

Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella (Image credit: Windows Central)

In its annual proxy statement to the SEC today, Microsoft revealed that CEO Satya Nadella earned $18.3 million in total for 2015, with a base salary of $1.2 million, stock awards worth $12.8 million, and a $4.3 million bonus. In the proxy statement, the board praised Nadella's performance as the reason for the $4.3 million bonus:

"In fiscal year 2015, operating income and earnings per share declined, while consistent progress was made in building future growth opportunities. Mr. Nadella provided strong, consistent vision and execution on our mobile-first and cloud-first strategy, continued to effectively guide the transformation of the Company's culture and he effectively represented the Company with customers, partners, investors and employees. Mr. Nadella established and articulated the Company's three broad ambitions to focus the Company's offerings, and consolidated the operating systems and devices groups into the Windows and Devices Group. Under his leadership, Windows 10 was successfully launched and the executive compensation program became significantly more performance-based."

In comparison, Nadella earned a bonus of $3.8 million on a base salary of $919,000 along with a stock award of $80 million in 2014. Each top Microsoft executive exceeded 100% of their eligible bonuses for 2015, and you can find the full details at the source link below.

Source: SEC; Via: ZDNet

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