CEOs cutting annual salaries to help pay employees during closures

Mar 31 2020, 3:27 pm

With uncertain times ahead, and an unprecedented national economic closure underway, some business leaders are starting to realize their large salaries could add some stability to the lives of their staff.

Columbia Sportswear’s CEO, Tim Boyle, said he is drastically cutting his salary to help pay his employees.

The Oregon-based sporting and outdoor clothing company told Daily Hive its CEO will be slashing his yearly salary to just $10,000, in order to help pay employees regular wages during the coronavirus shutdown.

Announcing they will extend their brick and mortar closures until at least April 10, Columbia’s CEO said in a release that “our retail employees will continue to be paid during this period of time and we hope to have them back at work soon.”

In addition to Boyle’s measures, credit card processing company Gravity Payments‘ CEO, Dan Price, announced that he will be accepting $0 this year to help ensure his employee’s financial future.

Gravity Payments’ COO, Tammi Kroll, will also be suspending her $275,000 salary to fund wages at the company, Price said on Twitter.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned during Sunday’s coronavirus update that even Disney Chairman, Bob Iger, and recently-promoted CEO, Bob Chapek, would be taking drastic pay-cuts.

Both Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian and Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden announced that they will take 100% cuts to their salary to support employees, and the CEO of General Electric Company, Lawrence Culp, said he will do the same.

Now, more than ever, companies all over the country are scrambling to secure not only their business future, but their people’s security as well. Recent funds in the multi-trillion-dollar stimulus package, set aside for those who have experienced job loss since the closure of the US economy, can only do so much.

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