New GE CEO Larry Culp signs stock-heavy contract worth up to $300 million if shares soar

“That is a contract that, if you’re performance oriented, it’s the best performance-oriented contract I’ve ever seen,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer added. “And I don’t think anyone’s seen a better one.”

GE shares were trading around $12.65 before the package was announced. Assuming its outstanding share count remains constant, GE’s current market capitalization of $110 billion would rise to $270 billion at $31 a share, an increase of about $155 billion.

The company’s stock rose 3.4 percent in Friday trading.

Culp, 55, brings more than a decade of success as the CEO of Danaher to his new role at General Electric, giving investors new hope for the embattled industrial conglomerate. Danaher now holds its place as one of the world’s largest science and technology conglomerates, after Culp more than quintupled the company’s market value and revenues while CEO.

“Larry is a proven executive with a long track record of superior execution, and the Board’s package to attract Larry is overwhelmingly tied to performance,” GE said in a statement. “Nearly 90% of his annual pay will be at risk and his one-time grant will only pay out if there is a 50-150% increase in GE’s stock price.”

He comes to GE at a desperate time. Ousted CEO John Flannery was promising shareholders he would trim GE down to three core businesses, but the company was not turning around as quickly as its board of directors had hoped. GE’s announcement Monday that Culp will replace Flannery was a surprise move.

Culp was named to the GE board in April.

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