Lawndale Mows Down CEO’s Salary
Activist firm led by Andrew Shapiro gets metal bender P&F’s board to cut CEO Richard Horowitz’s pay by a third and cap his bonus.
By Maureen Nevin Duffy
An independent investor has succeeded in getting a companys compensation committee to chop the CEOs salary by a third, a move seen as unprecedented.
Recently disclosed action by Lawndale Capital Management of Mill Valley, California led the board to reduce the annual base compensation of Richard A. Horowitz, chairman, CEO and president of P&F Industries a Melville, New Yorkbased $12 million market cap tool and hardware manufacturer from $975,000 to $650,000.
This is the first time Ive ever seen a shareholder action reduce compensation on an incumbent CEO, says Paul Hodgson, senior research associate in charge of executive pay research for GMI, a company that issues governance ratings on public companies.....