DBS slashes CEO’s bonus by 30% after disruptions to its digital services
Singapore, Feb 7 (IANS) Singapore’s biggest bank DBS has slashed its CEO’s bonus by 30 per cent after disruptions to its digital services, despite it posting a record profit, a media report said.
The company said the cut to CEO Piyush Gupta’s variable pay amounts to S$4.14 million ($3.1 million), and that his full salary for 2023 will be disclosed in March, BBC reported.
In 2022, Gupta was paid S$15.4 million.
After several glitches last year, the country’s central bank banned DBS from buying new businesses or making non-essential IT changes for six months, BBC reported.
The outages saw digital payment services and cash machines go offline across the city-state. At the time, DBS apologised and announced plans to improve the resiliency of its systems.
In its latest statement, the bank said that other members of its management team will have their variable pay cut by 21 per cent, while more junior employees will get a one-off bonus to help them with higher living costs.
DBS’ variable pay is made of both a cash bonus and deferred shares. It comes on top of base pay and is usually based on an employee’s performance.
The cuts to the pay of senior DBS executives come despite the bank posting annual record earnings, with its 2023 net profit rising by 26 per cent to S$10.3 billion, BBC reported.
Like many other banks around the world, DBS has benefited from higher interest rates as central banks have kept the cost of borrowing up as they try to curb rising prices.