Chris Killingstad


CEO Pay Watch: Chris Killingstad, Tennant Co.

  • Article by: PATRICK KENNEDY
  • Star Tribune
  • March 12, 2014 - 8:33 PM

CEO Pay Watch Tennant Co.

Chris Killingstad, president, CEO


Total compensation: $8,032,606 for the year ended Dec. 31

Salary: $664,577

Non-equity incentive pay: $380,610

Other compensation: $86,828

Exercised stock options: $5,340,173

Value realized on vesting shares: $1,560,418

New stock options: 36,149

Total 2013 return to shareholders: 56.4 percent

Note: Killingstad’s compensation for 2013 increased 79.9 percent over his $4.5 million compensation package in 2012.

Killingstad’s salary at the Golden Valley-based maker of commercial surface maintenance equipment only rose 3.3 percent and his annual cash bonus went down. But the company’s stock had a 56.4 percent total return for the year, which helped Killingstad realize $5.3 million from stock options granted in previous years.

Tennant had good financial performance in 2013, including a 1.8 percent increase in annual sales to $752 million and better growth in its operating margin. But the company failed to meet certain other financial goals, and executives earned lower short-term incentive payouts, including Killingstad, whose annual bonus was down 20.6 percent from 2012.

At last April’s annual meeting, shareholders gave near-unanimous support for the company’s executive compensation plan, with a 98.3 percent approval on its nonbinding say-on-pay vote.

Patrick Kennedy

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