Wells Fargo Boosts CEO Scharf's Pay to $29M for 2023

Charles Scharf, CEO of Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Co. lifted Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf’s pay to $29 million for 2023, a year in which profit grew and the bank’s shares outperformed those of rivals.

Scharf’s compensation package, up 18% from the $24.5 million he earned for 2022, included a $2.5 million base salary and $26.5 million of cash and long-term equity awards, according to a regulatory filing.

“In reaching this decision, the board noted Mr. Scharf’s strong leadership in improving the financial performance of the company including driving increased efficiency and capital return to shareholders,” San Francisco-based Wells Fargo said in the filing.

The bank also said that, as with last year, Scharf asked for “negative discretion” because of the work still needed to remake the firm. He otherwise would’ve earned $30.3 million.

Shares of Wells Fargo rose 19% last year, making it the third-best performer in the 24-member KBW Bank Index.

The firm’s full-year net income climbed 40% in 2023, boosted by the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes, while expenses fell almost 3%, a sign of progress for Scharf’s cost-cutting efforts.

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