Amazon to grant new CEO Andy Jassy over $200 million in stock

Amazon plans to award incoming Chief Executive Andy Jassy more than $200 million in extra stock, which will pay out over 10 years, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday.

Amazon will record the grant of 61,000 shares on July 5, the filing said, the date that Jassy succeeds Jeff Bezos in the online retailer’s first CEO transition since its founding in 1994.

The award’s exact value will depend on how the shares are trading when they pay out in future years, encouraging Jassy to grow a company that’s worth $1.77 trillion today. Though Amazon did not disclose the vesting schedule, its previous stock grants have not vested right away.

Jassy’s base salary has been $175,000, filings show. On top of that, he has $45.3 million in previously awarded stock that is vesting this year, and he had $41.5 million in shares that vested in 2020.

That’s still smaller than rival CEOs in the technology industry. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella had $215 million in stock vest for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, on top of a base salary of $2.5 million, a filing showed. Apple’s Tim Cook had $281.9 million in stock vest, according to its 2021 proxy.

And Bezos, despite a smaller salary, has been the world’s richest person thanks to his being the largest shareholder in Amazon.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella, China's Internet czar Lu Wei, Apple's Tim Cook, standing amid other tech executives and CEOs at Microsoft headquarters in 2015
Other Big Tech CEOs, like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (left) and Apple’s Tim Cook (right, with China’s Internet czar Lu Wei standing between them at a 2015 Microsoft event) remain more highly compensated than Amazon’s incoming CEO Andy Jassy.

The company plans to stop its prior biannual stock grants to Jassy, aiming for the award disclosed Friday to represent most of his compensation for the coming years, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Amazon also will make arrangements to provide for Jassy’s personal security, according to the filing.

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