EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2774 - April 03, 2012     2 of 5

A Look at PayPal President's Compensation, Golden Parachute

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eBay's new President of PayPal David Marcus will receive an annual base salary of $620,000, which is less than eBay Global Marketplaces President Devin Wenig's salary of $750,000. eBay CEO John Donahoe said he put Marcus in the top spot at PayPal to give it some "start-up energy."

In addition to his salary, Marcus will be eligible to participate in the eBay Incentive Plan, with a target annual bonus of 100% of his base salary. eBay's Board of Directors also granted him options to purchase 54,005 shares of eBay common stock, along with 45,005 performance-based restricted stock units and 117,012 restricted stock units.

eBay also gave Marcus a "golden parachute." If he is terminated without cause, he is entitled to the following severance arrangements:

  • If the termination occurs prior to April 2, 2014, the Company will provide a payment equal to two times the sum of (a) Mr. Marcus' annual base salary in effect immediately prior to his termination date and (b) a bonus replacement amount equal to 100% of his base salary as in effect immediately prior to his termination date. (In other words, if eBay lets him go tomorrow, he would walk away with $1.86 million.)

  • If the termination occurs on or after April 2, 2014, Mr. Marcus will be treated in a manner consistent with similarly situated executives.

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