Many vendors take wage cuts
November 4, 2002,
Proving the point that "the buck stops here" at the boss' desk, senior execs in the American home textiles industry mostly had their paychecks shredded once again last year. They took responsibility, and felt it where it hurts the most, as sales, profits and stock prices tumbled under intense competition; mounting pressure from imports, brass-knuckle tactics from their retail partners, and a wilting environment for retail sales.
Comparisons between the two years are tricky since it was a year of changing faces in the Home Textiles Today 2001 Executive Compensation Report, as companies went private, like Springs, or played musical chairs in the executive suite, like WestPoint Stevens and Pillowtex. In last year's report, compensation was reported for 22 senior execs; this year it's down to 18; and only 12 of those names show up on both year's lists.
The striking commonality between the years, however, is that the fortunes of the skippers reflected the trajectory of the companies they led. If the company did well, so did the bosses, and vice versa. And compensation notably tracked a company's stock price, since so much of compensation today is locked up in stock options.
A case in point is Holcombe Green Jr., chairman and ceo of WestPoint Stevens. As the company's stock price continued its long slide, so did Green's take-home pay — it was slashed last year by almost two-thirds, falling by 62.4 percent, to $899,000 from $2.4 million in 2000, as the value of his stock options evaporated.
Not all the paychecks grew smaller, though, and as individual companies prospered, like rapidly growing Mohawk, so did its execs, who took over last year as the most highly compensated execs in the entire home textiles industry. Exercising stock options to take home even more money than his boss, Bill Kilbride, president of Mohawk Home, doubled his pay and led the entire industry in 2001, pulling down $1.5 million between salary, bonus and stock options. Boss Jeffrey Lorberbaum, president and ceo of Mohawk Industries, pulled down $1.1 million between salary and bonus but exercised no stock options.
Another big winner in 2001 was Randall Chestnut, who took over as ceo of Crown Crafts after earlier building the company's big infant's products business. Chestnut more than doubled his compensation package, to $777,000 from $300,000 the prior year, as he added a $445,000 cash bonus to his salary of $332,000. Chestnut beat out his former boss, Michael Bernstein, who now heads up bedding producer Design Works. He took home $368,000 last year.
Home Textiles Today's Executive Compensation Report: vendors
dollar amounts in thousands
|Name, Title||Company||Total cash, stock options exercised||Salary 2001||Bonus 2001||Long-term incentive plan||Total cash compensation||Value of stock options exercised||Total cash comp. 3-yr. % chg. 1999-2001|
|William B. Kilbride, president, Mohawk Home||Mohawk Industries||$1,524||$320||$240||$0||$560||$964||16.4%|
|Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, president and ceo||Mohawk Industries||1,078||575||503||0||1,078||0||20.1|
|Holcombe T. Green Jr., chairman and ceo||WestPoint Stevens||899||899||0||0||899||0||-42.8|
|E. Randall Chestnut, chairman, president and ceo||Crown Crafts||777||332||445||0||777||0||159.0|
|Larry A. Liebenow, president and ceo||Quaker Fabric||640||640||0||0||640||0||6.7|
|David E. Polley, president, residential division||Mohawk Industries||564||323||242||0||564||0||10.9|
|Joseph L. Lanier, chairman and ceo||Dan River||552||552||0||0||552||0||-9.3|
|John L. Bakane, president and ceo||Cone Mills||500||500||0||0||500||0||17.6|
|M. L. "Chip" Fontenot, president and coo||WestPoint Stevens||443||443||0||0||443||0||—|
|Richard L. Williams, president and coo||Dan River||433||433||0||0||433||0||-9.3|
|Anthony T. Williams, president and coo||Pillowtex||400||400||0||0||400||0||—|
|Scott E. Shimizu, executive vp, sales & marketing||Pillowtex||375||375||0||0||375||0||0.0|
|Michael H. Bernstein, president and ceo||Crown Crafts||368||121||247||0||368||0||12.2|
|M. Beatrice Spires, vp, styling and design||Quaker Fabric||295||295||0||0||295||0||29.3|
|Joan E. Amberg, senior vp, bed division||WestPoint Stevens||285||285||0||0||285||0||-9.2|
|Richard A. Grissinger, senior vp, marketing||Pillowtex||284||284||0||0||284||0||3.3|
|Mark Hellwig, vp, supply chain management||Quaker Fabric||256||256||0||0||256||0||-7.2|
|Anthony Degomes, vp, new business development||Quaker Fabric||226||226||0||0||226||0||0.0|
(straight salary, excluding bonus, other cash compensation and stock options)
|Holcombe T. Green Jr., WestPoint Stevens||$899,000|
|Larry A. Liebenow, Quaker Fabric||$640,000|
|Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries||$575,000|
|Joseph L. Lanier Jr., Dan River||$552,000|
|John L. Bakane, Cone Mills||$500,000|
|Joan E. Amberg, WestPoint Stevens||$285,000|
|Richard A. Grissinger, Pillowtex||$284,000|
|Mark Hellwig, Quaker Fabric||$256,000|
|Anthony Degomes, Quaker Fabric||$226,000|
|Michael H. Bernstein, Crown Crafts||$121,000|
Vendor cash bonuses
|In a year of weak earnings, if any at all, for public home textiles companies, these are the only five senior executives in this year's ranking to receive a cash bonus.|
|Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries||$503,000|
|E. Randall Chestnut, Crown Crafts||$445,000|
|Michael H. Bernstein, Crown Crafts||$247,000|
|David E. Polley, Mohawk Industries||$242,000|
|William B. Kilbride, Mohawk Home||$240,000|