Documents published on Tuesday detail PG&E's compensation plans for its new CEO, Anthony Earley. Earley, a Michigan energy executive, begins his new job on September 13. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show that Earley's 2011 earnings will make him one of the highest paid utility executives in the country.
Earley will make about $2.8 million between September and December of 2011, in a combination of salary, equity and cash incentives, according to the filing. But a one-time employment bonus, as well as "inducement equity awards," could bring that total closer to ten million. His base annual salary will be $1.25 million.
Former PG&E CEO Peter Darbee earned $7.34 million in 2010, according to Forbes. Darbee resigned from his position in April, following a series of disasters at the company, including the September 2010 explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation revealed sloppy record keeping and patchy inspection practices.
Earley has a reputation as a nuts and bolts energy insider, says analyst Philip Smyth for Fitch, Inc. which recently downgraded PG&E's credit rating.
"He has the appropriate background I think to lead the company through this challenging time," Smyth said.