Wells Fargo slashed CEO Charles Scharf’s pay by around 12% last year

Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf testifies before a House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf testifies before a House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.

Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf took about a 12% pay cut in 2020, earning $20.3 million, according to a regulatory filing disclosure.

Scharf’s annual pay dropped from $23 million in 2019, according to the bank. His earnings in 2020 consisted of a $2.5 million base salary, a cash incentive compensation of $4.4 million, and long-term incentive compensation of $13.5 million, according to the filing.

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Scharf was hired in 2019 after a long search for a permanent CEO following a series of scandals, including charging customers for auto insurance they didn’t need and the so-called fake account scandal that resulted in a $3 billion criminal penalty. In 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency penalized the bank a $1 billion fine for misconduct in its auto- and mortgage-lending business.

Scharf was also brought in to resolve issues including the bank’s regulatory growth restrictions in which the Federal Reserve imposed a cap on the bank’s growth. 

Scharf previously served as a top lieutenant to JPMorgan Chase and co-CEO Jamie Dimon during the 2008 financial crisis.

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Wells Fargo & Co was reportely in talks to sell its asset management business for over $3 billion, an option that it was exploring since October, according to Reuters. 

Wells Fargo reported its fourth-quarter earnings earlier this month of $3 billion or $0..64 per diluted share, on total revenue of about $17.9 billion, beating analysts’ estimates on profits.

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In October, the bank eliminated 700 positions in its commercial banking unit that provides services to business clients who mostly see over $5million in sales. 

Later that month, the bank terminated between 100 and 125 workers for COVID-19 relief funds fraud. Workers lied on their applications in order to receive the funds.

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