Ousted Progress Energy CEO gets up to $10.3M after merger

Ousted Progress Energy CEO gets up to $10.3M after merger

Credit: Duke-Energy.com

Ousted Progress Energy CEO gets up to $10.3M after merger

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 6:50 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Progress Energy chief executive whose sudden departure was announced hours after the merger creating America's largest electric utility is getting a big payout. 

Duke Energy reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it's paying former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson as much as $10.3 million. Johnson was supposed to become CEO of the combined company Tuesday, but resigned suddenly.  

Johnson last week signed a three-year employment contract that was supposed to take effect Tuesday. 

Duke said in the securities filing first reported by The Charlotte Observer that Johnson gets a severance payout of $7.4 million, 2012 bonus of $1.4 million, and a lump sum of up to $1.5 million. 

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will continue in that role as head of the expanded company.
 

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