Intel slashes CEO pay by 25% as part of companywide cuts
Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger is taking a 25% cut to his base salary, the chipmaker said Tuesday
Intel Corp., struggling with a rapid drop in revenue and earnings, is cutting management pay across the company to cope with a shaky economy and preserve cash for an ambitious turnaround plan.
Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger is taking a 25% cut to his base salary, the chipmaker said Tuesday. His executive leadership team will see their pay packets decreased by 15%.
Senior managers will take a 10% reduction, and the compensation for mid-level managers will be cut by 5%.
The move follows a gloomy outlook from Intel last week, when the company predicted one of the worst quarters in its more than 50-year history.
Stiffer competition and a sharp slowdown in personal-computer demand has wiped out profits and eaten into Intel’s cash reserves.
At the same time, Gelsinger wants to invest in the company’s future. He’s two years into a turnaround effort aimed at restoring Intel’s technological leadership in the $580 billion chip industry.
Gelsinger will keep using cash to reward shareholders, meanwhile. Intel said last week that it remains committed to offering a competitive dividend.
Analysts have speculated that the company may lower its payout to cope with the slowdown.
Under Gelsinger’s plan, the company is looking to introduce new production technology at an unprecedented pace.
It will also build new plants in Europe and the US and try to win orders from other chipmakers as an outsourced manufacturer.
That move will put Intel in direct competition with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics Co., two Asian companies that have passed it in the rankings of chipmakers by size and capabilities.
Intel is taking other steps to rein in expenses. That includes headcount reductions and slower spending on new plants part of an effort to save $3 billion annually.
That figure will swell to much as $10 billion a year by the end of 2025, the company has said.
Intel, which informed staff of the latest cutbacks earlier Tuesday, is also reducing the match it offers to pension contributions.
The Santa Clara, California-based company thanked employees for their patience and commitment.
Hourly workers and employees below the seventh tier in the company’s system won’t be affected.