3M shareholders vote down executives’ pay packages in annual meeting

By Thomson Reuters May 14, 2024 | 4:16 PM

(Reuters) – 3M said on Tuesday that the annual compensation packages of certain executives, including that of former CEO Mike Roman, did not receive the requisite number of favorable shareholder votes, on an advisory basis.

Roman’s 2023 total compensation was $16.4 million, compared to about $14 million in 2022, even as the company dealt with the fallout from multiple lawsuits and slowing sales.

Although the vote is non-binding, the company’s board –including its compensation and talent committee – considers the results of the shareholder meeting as one of the critical inputs in the compensation review process, the company said in a statement.

Former top boss at L3 Harris Technologies Bill Brown succeeded Roman as CEO on May 1. Roman transitioned to become 3M’s executive chairman on the same day.

Brown takes the helm after a period of what has been seen as poor financial performance, which 3M has tried to mitigate by rolling out a major restructuring that includes cutting thousands of jobs and the spinoff of its healthcare business into a listed company.

(Reporting by Ananta Agarwal and Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)