Dec 23 Occidental Petroleum Corp reached
a $26 million settlement with its former chairman, Ray Irani,
adding to the executive's billion-dollar haul over more than two
Following Irani's ouster as chairman by shareholders in May,
Occidental said on Monday he would get $14 million, but not a
$16.8 million termination payment he had claimed. Irani will
also receive certain other benefits as well as payments and
equity-based awards due to all departing executives, adding up
to a total of $26 million, Oxy said.
In addition, Irani, 78, will receive $1.3 million worth of
annual personal benefits for life, including security service
and financial planning. At the annual meeting in May,
shareholder John Chevedden had highlighted the $390,000 cost of
Irani's financial planning in 2012.
Steve Chazen, Oxy's chief executive since mid-2011, has said
that the company was "nearly insolvent" when Irani took over as
CEO in 1990. Now, with a market value around $75 billion, it
ranks fourth among U.S. oil companies.
Yet Irani's pay packages have still raised eyebrows. Since
the Wall Street Journal tallied his compensation over the decade
to 2009 at $857 million - putting him at third place among U.S.
CEOs - he went on to collect another $172 million over the past
three years, according to regulatory filings.