CenturyLink Execs Got Post-Level 3 Payouts, Then Cut Bonuses, Raises

Last month, CenturyLink told workers that it wouldn't be offering a holiday bonus as it has before because of reductions in operating cash flow.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

January 26, 2018

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Money Bag

The Nov. 1 close of CenturyLink‘s $34 billion Level 3 Communications acquisition meant big bonuses for top executives, but employees haven’t been so fortunate.

Earlier this month, the company told employees it is suspending merit raises this year. This came after it told workers in December that it wouldn’t offer a holiday bonus as it has before because of reductions in operating cash flow.

According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission last June and November, top executives were awarded millions in bonuses tied to the close of the merger.

Mark Molzen, CenturyLink spokeman, said his company had no comment.

In November, CenturyLink confirmed that it was laying off more than 150 employees after the close of the Level 3 acquisition. About 165 employees were impacted by the layoffs, including 37 in Louisiana, where the company is based.

Jeff Storey, CenturyLink’s president and COO, and previously Level 3’s president and CEO, was awarded a $6.6 million signing bonus to be paid in two equal installments. Also, CenturyLink CEO Glen Post was given a $3 million “integration award.”

Stewart Ewing, who previously served as CenturyLink’s chief financial officer, received a $1 million discretionary bonus based on his “performance related to merger integration activities over the past year.” And Sunit Patel, CenturyLink’s chief financial officer and previously Level 3’s chief financial officer, received a $1.3 million retention award.

A handful of Channel Partners readers expressed disdain toward CenturyLink leadership after news of eliminating bonuses broke, with one foreshadowing what we learned on Friday.

“Some workers haven’t had raises in (five) years (and) have also lost all sick time,” wrote Corpa Tellus. “But yet, they keep getting more (and) more while the employees get less (and) less.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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