Disney’s Iger and Chapek Take Pay Cuts Amid Coronavirus Shutdown

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Amid the Coronavirus shutdown of the Disney Parks globally, Disney has had to make some tough decisions. Recent reports show Disney’s Bob Iger has given up his salary, Bob Chapek is taking a 50% cut, and other executives are taking a 20%-30% pay loss. See details below as shared by The Orange County Register:


Walt Disney Co. Chairman Bob Iger will give up his salary, and other executives will take cuts in pay, in response to park closings and other hardships tied to the coronavirus.

In a note to senior executives Monday, the company’s new chief executive officer, Bob Chapek, said the cuts begin April 5 and last indefinitely. His salary is being sliced in half, while other executives will see reductions of 20% to 30%.

“This temporary action will remain in effect until we foresee a substantive recovery in our business,” Chapek wrote.

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Disney joins a growing list of companies to lowering executive pay in response to the coronavirus and the misfortune it has caused for workers. The $2 trillion stimulus signed last week by President Donald Trump requires limits on executive compensation for companies that seek loans.

The world’s largest entertainment company has been hard hit by the virus, which has shuttered movie theaters and theme parks, and idled cruise ships. Disney has deferred some new film releases and sped others to home video. The company’s theme-park workers are receiving pay at least through April 18.

Iger made $3 million in salary last year and $47.5 million in total compensation. He stepped down as CEO in February, becoming executive chairman under the same compensation package.


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