After a brief two months at the helm of BG Group, its chief executive Helge Lund may be about to join – as the FT put it – "the ranks of history's footnote guys" – but it looks like he'll have last laugh.
Back in December, two months before Lund was due to leave Norwegian giant Statoil to take the reins at BG, a £12m "golden hello" due to be awarded to him was rejected by shareholders – most notably Legal & General, its fourth-largest investor.
After much back-and-forth in the press, the company scrapped the one-off award. In its annual report, published last week, it admitted offering Lund £25m was a mistake. Although you can see why BG felt it was necessary: oil prices and political struggles in territories such as Egypt helped to push its shares down by a third last year. Lund, meanwhile, is known as one of the best operators in the business – he's even been tipped as Norway's next prime minister.
Nevertheless, fast forward four months, and Lund looks likely to step down shortly after the deal is complete. After all, having only been in the post for two months, he won't be able to offer much in the way of advice to Shell boss Ben van Beurden (himself new-ish, having taken the helm at Shell in January 2014) about the inner workings of BG.
Nevertheless, his pay packet suggests he's in line for at least several millions of the £26m total.
Here's what BG's annual report states.
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It's unlikely Lund will get the sum of that – but it's nevertheless pretty well played.