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Douglas Emmett Inc. Renews Executive Contracts


Posted: January 23rd, 2019


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Three executives at Douglas Emmett Inc. have received renewed 5-year employment agreements. The Los Angeles-based real estate trust’s chief executive officer, chief operations officer and chief investment officer all received generous contracts extending their employment until 2023 even though the company pays many of its skilled engineers minimum wage to live in one of the country’s most expensive cities.

The new contracts specify the CEO Jordan Kaplan and COO Kenneth Panzer will each receive an annual base salary of $1 million. CIO Kevin Crummy will receive and unspecified base salary, but per Douglas Emmett Inc.’s latest proxy, he received $600,000 in 2017.

The three executives also enjoy “employee welfare and retirement benefit plans” even though they oppose a union pension plan for their employees. They will receive family “medical and dental benefits (without any co-payment)” despite not offering affordable health coverage to their engineers, many of whom are forced to rely on publically subsidized coverage to ensure their health. Additionally, the executives are eligible for unspecified annual bonuses. Historically these bonuses have been limited partnership interests in the company worth millions of dollars (see below for 2017 compensation numbers).

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