Tesla Defends Musk’s $56B Pay as ISS Urges Rejection

is standing by CEO 's $56 billion pay package, arguing it motivated him to create “tremendous value” for shareholders. This comes after top proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended shareholders vote against the proposal, calling it “excessive.”

ISS Recommendation and Tesla's Response

According to Reuters, ISS raised concerns over Tesla offering shareholders an “all or nothing” option ahead of the June 13 annual meeting vote. However, Tesla claims ISS's recommendation is based on a “technical misunderstanding” and that the firm recognized the company's strong performance under Musk.

Compensation Details and Delaware Court Ruling

The compensation, set and approved by shareholders in 2018, rewards Musk based on Tesla's market value and operational milestones. However, a judge voided it in January, prompting Tesla to seek a move to .

Cost of New Pay Package

Tesla argues that under Delaware law, the proposal must be accepted or rejected in its entirety. They warn that a new pay package would be costlier to shareholders, potentially resulting in an accounting charge of over $25 billion compared to the original $2.3 billion charge.

Tesla maintains that Musk delivered on his end of the bargain and that it's time for the company to deliver on theirs. They emphasize the importance of honoring the original deal.

EVXL's Take

The debate over Musk's pay package highlights the challenges of aligning executive compensation with long-term shareholder value in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle industry. While the package may seem excessive, it's crucial to consider the transformative impact Musk has had on Tesla and the broader EV market. His vision and leadership have positioned Tesla as a global leader in sustainable transportation, accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels. As the world grapples with the urgent need to address climate change, companies like Tesla play a vital role in driving innovation and change. Ultimately, the decision lies with Tesla's shareholders, who must weigh the costs and benefits of Musk's compensation in light of the company's extraordinary growth and impact on the future of mobility.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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