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General Motors boss Whitacre to receive $9m pay package

GM boss Ed Whitacre
Mr Whitacre will receive considerably more than his predecessor

General Motors (GM) has said chief executive Ed Whitacre will get an annual salary of $1.7m (£1.1m), plus $7.3m in shares at a later date.

The pay package was approved by the US Treasury, which spent billions of dollars bailing out the carmaker last year and now owns a large stake in it.

GM also said Mr Whitacre's predecessor, Fritz Henderson, is being paid $59,090 a month as an adviser.

Mr Whitacre took over as interim chief executive in December last year.

Last month, he was officially confirmed in the position on a permanent basis. He is also chairman of GM.

Mr Whitacre was appointed chairman by the US administration last year, having previously run telecoms company AT&T.

His salary compares favourably with that of his predecessor. In an agreement reached last October with the US government, Mr Henderson's pay was cut by 25% to $950,000, about half of what he made in 2008.

Collapsing sales during the economic downturn forced GM to turn to the US government for aid, but this could not prevent it entering bankruptcy protection in June last year.

It emerged from bankruptcy one month later, with the US government owning a 62% stake in the company.

In total, GM received some $60bn in government loans.

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