In December, the US Treasury granted General Motors the rights for the company to once again buy corporate jets and for its executives to fly on them, but neither those execs nor the ones at Ally Financial will get any raises this year. The automaker, worried that top talent might leave for higher-paying pastures, reportedly sought a more "market-based approach to executive compensation" for 12 of its top 25 execs. Because the federal government still has stakes in both GM and Ally, though, the companies need approval for pay raises, and they were declined. Neither company sought raises for their CEOs, and Ally's request didn't involve any additional cash compensation for the executives in question.
While the Treasury says that cash salaries for the 25 top executives at GM and Ally combined are just four percent below the median compared to similar positions, total cash compensation is 56 percent below the median. That would include GM CEO Dan Akerson (shown), who got a little more cash last year because of a compensation rearrangement speculated to potentially involve his retirement, but the overall annual pay package of $9 million hasn't changed for him since 2010 according to the Treasury.
What's more, it's said the overall compensation at both firms dropped by double-digit percentages compared to last year due to an influx of new appointments among the top 25 executives. The Treasury has said it will divest itself of all GM shares it owns by March 2014, but hasn't given a any guidance on divestiture of its Ally stock, the financial firm dealing with a much more complicated situation.