BofA Hits Pay Snag in Its CEO Hunt

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Published in The Wall Street Journal November 14, 2009 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Bank of America Corp. directors are hitting a new hurdle as they hunt for the giant bank’s next CEO: Obama administration pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.
William Demchak, senior vice chairman at PNC Financial Services Group Inc., spurned a feeler last week from a recruiter for the Charlotte, N.C., bank, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mr. Feinberg’s required approval of the compensation package for whomever succeeds Kenneth D. Lewis was a major factor in the decision, this person said. Mr. Demchak also didn’t see the bank’s situation as fixable given the government’s heavy influence over the company.

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