Somewhere, Alan Mulally is reading this and cringing.
I know the Ford CEO is probably thinking, "Please don't focus on the millions in stock awards that just vested in my account."
Mulally would rather we talk about the turn around at Ford and how a once struggling company is now the envy of corporate America.
But this is really about the average person feels about corporate pay.
When Ford announced that 4.8 million shares of company stock vested with Mulally over the weekend, the payout totaled $58.3 Million dollars. At first glance it's a whopper of a number that could have made Mulally look like the stereotypical CEO getting an outrageous payout.
In reality, what I've heard has been a steady stream of "Good for him," "He earned it," "That was a great investment by Ford."