S&P 500 hits all-time intraday highs of 2,479.87 >>> READ MORE

Novartis Won’t Pay Outgoing Chairman $78M

Swiss public opinion was sharply against the payment


After an outcry from shareholders and Swiss politicians, Novartis (NYSE:NVS) has abandoned plans to give its chairman Daniel Vasella a $78 million non-compete deal when he steps down this month.

Word of the remarkably flush golden parachute prompted sharp criticism from the Free Democrats, a traditionally pro-business Swiss political party, and the Swiss Bishop’s Conference, as well as leading government ministers, the Associated Press noted.

Merck Settles Cholesterol Drug Lawsuits for $688M
Merck Settles Cholesterol Drug Lawsuits for $688M

Under the six-year deal, Vasella, who has served as the pharmaceutical giant’s chairman for more than a decade, would have received as much as 12 million francs each year. The company said that the non-compete deal was designed to prevent rivals from poaching Vasella to exploit his intimate knowledge of the company.

In a statement, Vasella conceded that the public found the compensation package “unreasonably high,” but noted that he had planned to give much of it to charity. Vasella announced plans to step down last month.

Shares of Novartis rose fractionally in pre-market trading on Tuesday.

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2013/02/novartis-wont-pay-outgoing-chairman-78m/.

©2017 InvestorPlace Media, LLC