The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Burberry shareholders are angry about a planned pay package for its new CEO. They rejected a proposal at the company's annual meeting to provide Christopher Bailey with a multi-million-dollar pay deal. Executives wanted to give Mr Bailey a $12.3 million "golden hello", an annual salary of $17 million and shares worth around $33 million (called "golden handcuffs") to stop him joining rivals. He will also get pension and performance bonuses.



Chairman Sir John Peace was "disappointed" with shareholders. He wants to know why they felt so strongly. He said packages for CEOs were to keep "world-class executives" at the company. The former CEO increased sales to over $3.4 billion, and tripled share value to $12 billion. Peace said many companies would pay Mr Bailey a lot more. He said Bailey was "worth every penny". Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 as Design Director.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.scotsman.com/business/retail/burberry-investors-express-anger-at-pay-deal-1-3474357
  • http://online.wsj.com/articles/burberry-investors-rebel-over-ceos-pay-1405091150
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689242/Boss-major-fashion-brand-growing-pressure-shareholder-rebellion-20million-pay-deal.html#ixzz37DHne5TJ


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

a planned pay

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rivals

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They rejected

b.

performance bonuses

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the company's annual

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of $17 million

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an annual salary

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package

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stop him joining

e.

a proposal

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He will also get pension and

f.

meeting



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Sir John Peace was "disappointed"

a.

class executives

2.

He wants to know why

b.

value

3.

world-

c.

every penny

4.

The former CEO

d.

with shareholders

5.

tripled share

e.

increased sales

6.

He said Bailey was worth

f.

they felt so strongly





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Burberry shareholders (1) ___________________ planned pay package for its new CEO. They rejected (2) ___________________ company's annual meeting to provide Christopher Bailey with (3) ___________________ pay deal. Executives wanted to give Mr Bailey a $12.3 (4) _________________, an annual salary of $17 million and shares worth around $33 million (called "golden handcuffs") to (5) ___________________. He will also get pension and (6) ___________________.

Chairman Sir John Peace (7) ___________________ shareholders. He wants to know why they (8) ___________________. He said packages for CEOs were to keep "(9) ___________________" at the company. The former CEO increased (10) ___________________ $3.4 billion, and tripled share value to $12 billion. Peace said (11) ___________________ pay Mr Bailey a lot more. He said Bailey was "(12) ___________________". Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 as Design Director.

CEO PAY SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about CEO pay in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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FREE WRITING

Write about CEO pay for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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