Akerson staying on as senior adviser

Barra's compensation to total up to $4.4 million in 2014, GM says

Akerson staying on as senior adviser

Dan Ammann, left, GM's new president, CEO Mary Barra, middle, and former chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, right, at the Detroit auto show this week. GM said Friday Akerson will remain a senior adviser to the company on an interim basis.

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DETROIT (Reuters) -- Mary Barra, General Motors' new chief executive officer, will be paid up to $4.4 million in cash and stock compensation this year, GM disclosed in a federal filing on Friday.

The package for Barra, who assumed her new role on Wednesday, does not include what she and other executives will receive under the company's long-term compensation plan, which is subject to shareholder approval in June. GM will disclose details of that plan in April.

The U.S. automaker revealed in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that Barra, 52, will receive an annual cash base salary of $1.6 million. She also will be eligible for $2.8 million under the company's short-term incentive plan.

Barra is the first female CEO of a global automaker

GM has not yet disclosed what former CEO Dan Akerson was paid in 2013, but the previous year he was paid $11.1 million, including $1.7 million in cash and $7.3 million in stock and other incentives.

The 2012 figure also reflected $2 million in restricted stock units that he received in 2011.

GM also said on Friday that new President Dan Ammann, the company's former CFO, will be paid just over $2 million. The cash base salary is $900,000 and he is eligible for $1.125 million under the short-term plan, according to the SEC documents.

Ammann's successor as CFO, Chuck Stevens, will receive an annual cash base salary of $700,000 and will be eligible for $875,000 under the short-term plan, according to the SEC documents.

All three executives also will participate in the benefits plan currently available to company executives.

GM also disclosed that Akerson and former Vice Chairman Steve Girsky will remain as senior advisers to the company on an interim basis. Girsky remains on GM's board.

Akerson will receive an annual cash base salary of $1.7 million and be eligible to receive $2.975 million under the short-term plan, while Girsky will be paid a base salary of $600,000 and be eligible to receive $750,000 under the short-term plan, according to the SEC documents.

GM expects both men will be employed less than a year and their salary will be paid on a prorated basis as will any payment to Akerson under the short-term plan, according to the SEC documents.

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