Adding to the flurry of recent activity around Cruise, GM’s self-driving unit, the automaker on Wednesday disclosed a long-term compensation plan that could net Dan Ammann, the CEO of that unit, $25 million over the next decade if the company goes public or sees a change in ownership, according to GM’s annual 10K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The disclosure, first reported by Reuters, comes about one month after Ammann, the former GM president, took the reins as the CEO of Cruise. The company also announced a partnership with DoorDash to test a food delivery service in San Francisco using its autonomous vehicle technology.
According to the SEC filing, Ammann was awarded 16,914 restricted stock units for common shares of Cruise and stock options for 101,485 common shares of Cruise by the unit’s board on Monday.
The stock units have a value of $1,515 per share, but Amman’s compensation could soar higher if an eventual IPO drives the value of the stock options far above their strike price of $1,515 per share.
Amman’s restricted stock units vest over the next 10 years, ending on October 15, 2028, if the shares meet a market value set by the Cruise board and only if “a change of control or initial public offering occurs before the 10th anniversary of the date of grant,” according to the SEC filing. Don’t miss it. Register today. The incentive plan fits in with GM’s aggressive push into autonomous vehicles. The Detroit-based automaker, which recently announced it would lay off thousands of workers in its core business, spent $700 million on Cruise last year and expects to spend another $1 billion on the unit in 2019, GM executives told analysts during a conference call on Wednesday.
Separately, Japanese technology investment fund SoftBank Group Corp. and Japanese automaker Honda […]