Apple shareholders are being urged to vote against a planned $99 million compensation package for Apple CEO Tim Cook, reports Financial Times. Shareholder advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) said on Wednesday that there is a “significant concern” with the stock Cook was awarded in 2021.


Cook last year was awarded a stock valued at $82 million, along with a $3 million and a $12 million bonus, and the stock award was the first incentive package he had been granted since his 2011 package was granted in full for his tenure at Apple.

According to ISS, Cook’s 2021 compensation “significantly exceeded” that provided by comparable companies last year. It has been seven years since ISS last objected to Apple’s pay packages.

Shareholder votes on the compensation that Apple provides to executives are advisory, and the board is not required to take action. Financial Times says that if there is backlash over Cook’s pay, it could potentially sway Apple’s board. In its proxy statement, Apple says that it will “continue to consider shareholder feedback and the results of say-on-pay votes when making future compensation decisions.”

Under Cook’s 10-year leadership, Apple has seen continued success and in January, briefly became the first company to hit a $3 trillion valuation. Apple executive compensation is tied to company performance, and Apple has regularly hit its targets.

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