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Mar 28, 2012, 04.30 PM IST | Source: Reuters

PepsiCo CEO Nooyi gets USD 17m in compensation

PepsiCo Inc Chief Executive Indra Nooyi had total compensation worth USD 17.1 million last year, up 6% from 2010, even as the food and drink company failed to meet its key internal performance targets.

PepsiCo CEO Nooyi gets USD 17m in compensation

PepsiCo Inc Chief Executive Indra Nooyi had total compensation worth USD 17.1 million last year, up 6% from 2010, even as the food and drink company failed to meet its key internal performance targets.

The increase is largely due to a 23% jump in Nooyi's base salary - her first raise in five years as CEO - and a gain in the value of her retirement benefits.

Nooyi, 56, has come under pressure from Wall Street for allowing PepsiCo's North American soft drink business to languish while she focused on healthier products.

Nooyi got a base salary of USD 1.6 million in 2011, up from USD 1.3 million before. The new salary is more in line with that of her peer group, PepsiCo said in its annual proxy statement, filed on Friday.

The change in Nooyi's pension value and deferred compensation was USD 3 million in 2011, up from USD 2.1 million in 2010, although her incentive compensation fell to USD 2.5 million from USD 3 million in 2010.

"Our net revenue, net income and earnings-per-share growth were slightly below the stretch targets established by the compensation committee under our incentive plans," said the maker of Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana juice and Doritos corn chips.

Excluding the impact of currency fluctuations, PepsiCo grew its revenue by 13%, net income by 4% and earnings per share by 5% in 2011. Its targets called for gains of 14%, 7% and 7-9%, respectively.

PepsiCo's shares rose 1.6% in 2011, underperforming rival Coca-Cola Co, whose shares rose 6.4% during the year. The overall stock market, as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 index, was essentially flat.

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent also got his first raise in salary last year since becoming CEO in 2008. His base salary went from USD 1.2 million to USD 1.4 million. His salary will rise again, to USD 1.6 million, on April 1, the company said in its proxy, filed earlier this month.

Kent's total compensation package was valued at USD 29.1 million in 2011, up 17% from 2010.

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