Intel shareholders rejected compensation packages for top executives, including a payout of as much as US$178.6-million (R2.9-billion) to CEO Pat Gelsinger, a regulatory filing showed on Monday.
About 1.78 billion votes were cast against executive compensation at the annual meeting, Intel said, though the vote is non-binding. About 921.2 million votes were cast in favour.
“We take our investors’ feedback very seriously, and we are committed to engaging with them and addressing their concerns,” Intel said in a statement.
The company said it had taken specific steps to address investor questions, including linking pay to performance but added “there is clearly more work to do”.
Gelsinger earned more than 1 700 times the typical employee at the chip giant in 2021, according to a regulatory filing in March.
Intel forecast its second quarter revenue and profit below Wall Street expectations in April, citing weak demand in its largest market, PCs, and increased supply-chain uncertainty due to fresh Covid-19 lockdowns in China. — Ananya Mariam Rajesh, (c) 2022 Reuters