Mar 3, 2018

Cigna CEO cashed out $44 million in 2017

Cordani has led Cigna for more than eight years. Photo: Scott Eells / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Cigna CEO David Cordani made $43.9 million in 2017, according to a federal securities filing. That amount reflects the stock awards and options that Cordani actually cashed out.

The big picture: Cordani was in the spotlight a lot last year. He broke off the health insurer's merger with Anthem after feuds plagued both sides. Cigna is suing Anthem for almost $15 billion "as a result of the failed merger process," and a trial for the case is scheduled for 2019.

Buried in the weeds: The Securities and Exchange Commission now requires publicly traded companies to report CEO pay ratios, which show how much the average company employee makes compared with the CEO.

  • The median annual compensation of a Cigna employee was $63,010 in 2017.
  • Cigna calculated the CEO pay ratio at 279:1 (for every $1 the average worker makes, Cordani gets $279).

Yes, but: That's not entirely accurate. Based on SEC rules, the reported ratio is based on the estimated fair value of Cordani's stock instead of the actual realized value.

  • Using Cordani's $43.9 million compensation total, Cigna's CEO pay ratio was 697:1.

Go deeper: The sky-high pay of health care CEOs.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 721,584 — Total deaths: 33,958 — Total recoveries: 149,122.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 142,106 — Total deaths: 2,479 — Total recoveries: 2,686.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump says his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
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World coronavirus updates: Cases surge past 720,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now more than 720,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 33,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Sunday that his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.

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President Trump is extending his administration's "15 days to slow the spread" shutdown guidelines for an additional month in the face of mounting coronavirus infections and deaths and pressure from public health officials and governors.

Driving the news: With the original 15-day period that was announced March 16 about to end, officials around the country had been bracing for a premature call to return to normalcy from a president who's been venting lately that the prescription for containing the virus could be worse than the impacts of the virus itself.

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