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Morgan Stanley increases Colm Kelleher's pay 27% to $19.5M

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Morgan Stanley President Colm Kelleher, who runs the firm's investment bank and retail brokerage, received $19.5 million for his work last year, a 27% increase.

Kelleher, 59, was paid $1.67 million in salary, $6.88 million in deferred cash and $2.4 million in deferred stock, the New York-based bank said Friday in a regulatory filing. He also got a $4.06 million cash bonus and a $4.49 million long-term incentive. His 2015 compensation totaled $15.3 million.

The firm, which has been making progress toward achieving financial targets, disclosed in January that Chief Executive Officer James Gorman, 58, received a 7.1% raise for 2016 to $22.5 million. In 2015, Morgan Stanley posted the worst performance among the six largest U.S. banks as it grappled with weak fixed-income trading.

Net income for Morgan Stanley's institutional securities division, which includes the investment bank, fell 1% to $3.65 billion in 2016 from a year earlier as revenue from deals declined. Wealth management gained 1% to generate net income of $2.1 billion.

In 2015, Kelleher's $6.31 million annual fixed compensation, including salary and allowances, far outstripped his colleagues at the bank. After U.K. regulators put in place rules that limited performance-based awards to a multiple of fixed pay, some U.S. banks boosted remuneration for Europe-based executives to comply with the law while maintaining the same pay levels.

Kelleher, who now oversees two of the firm's three biggest businesses, relocated to the U.S. in March 2016 and is no longer subject to those rules. His fixed compensation since the move has dropped as the bank increased his deferred cash award and gave him a bigger bonus.

Morgan Stanley increased Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Pruzan's pay 5.6% to $9.5 million and former Chief Operating Officer Jim Rosenthal ― who retired at year-end and is now an adviser ― was awarded $10.5 million, or 4.5% less than for 2015. Daniel Simkowitz, was paid $10.5 million in his first full year as head of investment management.

Bloomberg News