BP faces shareholder discontent over CEO's $20M pay pack

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LONDON (AP) — BP says it's ready to listen to shareholder concerns about its executive compensation policy after some of the company's largest shareholders opposed plans to increase CEO Bob Dudley's pay package by 20 percent to $19.6 million even after earnings plunged.

Aberdeen Asset Management, which manages more than 290 billion pounds ($411 billion), was among those complaining BP's award system was too complex.

"We hear you," Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said in excerpts released Thursday. "We will sit down with our largest shareholders to make sure we understand their concerns and return to seek your support for a renewed policy."

BP's fourth-quarter earnings plunged 91 percent after being hit by low oil prices. It also set aside money to cover costs related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.