Countrywide exec gets $28 mln from Bank of America

viernes 28 de marzo de 2008 05:59 CET

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK, March 28 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: Cotización) said it has agreed to pay $28 million to Countrywide Financial Corp CFC.N Chief Operating Officer David Sambol to induce him to run the merged companies' consumer mortgage operations.

The amount, which vests over three years, is 37 percent higher than the $20.4 million that Bank of America Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis was compensated in 2007 to run the second-largest U.S. bank.

Bank of America disclosed the amount in a Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sambol, who is also Countrywide's president, was named in January to run the mortgage business after Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America completes its purchase of the largest U.S. mortgage lender. That transaction was valued Thursday at about $4.1 billion.

According to the filing, Sambol would be entitled to a $20 million retention bonus payable in equal installments on the first and second anniversaries of the merger, which is expected to close in the third quarter.

Sambol would also receive $8 million of restricted stock, vesting in three installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the merger, the filing shows.

Awards replace cash severance payments to which Sambol would be entitled at Calabasas, California-based Countrywide, according to the filing.

Sambol would also be entitled at Bank of America to a $500,000 annual base salary, an annual incentive award targeted at $4 million, and an annual equity award targeted at 150,000 Bank of America options.   Continuación...