Publicis Groupe chief Maurice Lévy earned a modest $3.1 million in compensation last year, a pittance compared with his peers. Omnicom CEO John Wren, for instance, took home $24 million, while WPP’s chief Martin Sorrell stands to collect shares worth $53 million as part of his 2014 compensation. Miles Nadal, the top exec at MDC Partners, received nearly $17 million, and Interpublic’s CEO Michael Roth pocketed $13 million.
Since 2012, Lévy has not collected a base salary, with all of his compensation tied to performance criteria. (That compensation is capped at €5 million, which is currently worth $4.6 million.) At Publicis Groupe’s annual meeting yesterday in Paris, Lévy’s performance evaluation was shared for a year when the company’s audacious plans to merge with rival Omnicom fell apart.
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