Remuneration for members of Executive Management is comprised of a fixed base salary plus a variable performance-related component.
Determination of remuneration
Corporate risk, scope of responsibility and the Confederation’s Ordinance on Executive Pay are taken into account by the Board of Directors when determining the remuneration due to members of Executive Management. The Board of Directors has regulated the remuneration and fringe benefits for its members in the BoD remuneration regulations.
Remuneration for members of Executive Management is comprised of a fixed base salary plus a performance-related component. This may be a maximum of 45 percent of the gross annual base salary (a maximum of 50 percent in the case of the CEO). At Group level, the variable component is calculated from economic value added (28 percent) and Group customer satisfaction (12 percent). At Group unit level, a distinction is made between qualitative benchmarks (20 percent) and financial key figures (20 percent) such as EBIT. For PostFinance Ltd, return on equity is used instead of EBIT. If all the goals are achieved, the maximum variable component will be paid. Exceeding the goals will not lead to a higher payout.
A penalty system may also be applied for calculating the variable salary component at Group and unit levels depending on the degree of target achievement. The maximum penalty represents half the maximum variable component.
All three performance levels are taken into account (Group, Group unit and individual performance) to determine whether the threshold for the variable component has been reached. The variable component is only paid on reaching this value. There is a penalty area below the threshold for the variable salary. If a penalty applies, the variable salary component is reduced accordingly. One third of the variable salary component that is actually awarded is booked to a special account for variable remuneration. One third of the balance of this account is paid out from the third year. The remaining two thirds of the variable salary component are paid out directly. If, as a result of the penalty system, a negative variable salary component is awarded, this negative amount is booked to the account for variable remuneration and the account balance is reduced accordingly.
Members of Executive Management also receive a first-class GA travelcard or a company car, a mobile phone and a monthly expense account. Swiss Post also pays the insurance premiums for a risk insurance policy. Individual bonuses may be paid to reward special personal contributions.
Neither the members of Executive Management nor persons closely linked to them received any additional fees, remuneration, guarantees, advances, credits, loans or benefits in kind during the financial year.
Both the base salary and the performance component are insured for members of Executive Management up to a maximum of 338,400 francs in the Swiss Post pension fund (defined contribution plan); higher income is covered by a management insurance scheme (defined contribution plan). The employer contributes disproportionally to the contributions for employee benefits. Employment contracts are based on the Swiss Code of Obligations. Since 1 July 2010, the notice period for members of Executive Management has been six months. For members appointed before that date, a notice period of twelve months applies. No agreements exist regarding possible severance payments.
Remuneration to Board of Directors and Executive Management
In 2018, the eleven members of the Board of Directors received remuneration (fees and fringe benefits) totalling 1,062,985 francs. The fringe benefits totalling 334,770 francs are shown in the total remuneration. In 2018, the Chairman of the Board’s fee totalled 225,000 francs. The fringe benefits amounted to 28,470 francs.
The paid members of Executive Management and the CEO received remuneration totalling 5,082,669 francs in 2018. The fringe benefits of 261,138 francs are shown in the total remuneration. The remuneration of the interim CEO since 11 June 2018 has been taken into account in the remuneration paid to members of Executive Management. The performance-related component effectively payable to members of Executive Management in 2019, which is based on attainment of targets in 2017 and 2018, together with the deferred payments, amounts to 1,608,695 francs. A decision regarding the approval (entitlement and calculation) of the performance-related component for the former Head of PostBus will not be reached until the investigations into the subsidy law breaches in the regional passenger transport segment have been completed.
The base salary of the CEO totalled 620,000 francs. The additional calculated performance-related component amounts to 453,280 francs, of which 262,733 francs are from the account for variable remuneration. A decision regarding the approval of the performance-related component (entitlement and calculation) for the former CEO will not be reached until the investigations into the subsidy law breaches in the regional passenger transport segment have been completed.