Tim Hortons CEO gets million dollar bonus after Burger King deal: Reuters

(Reuters) – Tim Hortons Inc‘s (THI.TO) chief executive will get a $1 million bonus following the $12.64 billion takeover deal by Burger King Worldwide (BKW.N), the Canadian coffee and donut chain said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

Burger King agreed to buy the Canadian company in August in a transaction that will create the world’s third-largest fast-food restaurant group.

The Canadian government approved the takeover, which will create a new company based north of the border, last week.

The company said the discretionary bonus for Chief Executive Officer Marc Caira was awarded due to a substantially increased workload as a result of the merger deal and strong quarterly results that beat market expectations.

After a transition period, Caira will cede his CEO position to Burger King’s Chief Executive Daniel Schwartz, who will run the combined company.

Cynthia Devine, the company’s chief financial officer, was awarded a $500,000 bonus and Frank Iacobucci, the board’s lead director was also awarded a special $100,000 recognition bonus.

Tim Hortons said the rewards were within the range of market data for bonuses in similar circumstances.

Last year, Caira’s total compensation was $3.4 million, including a base salary of $451,494.

3G Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, is the majority owner of Burger King and is set to hold about 51 percent of the new combined business..

(Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Tom Brown)

(This story has been edited by Kirk Falconer, editor of peHUB Canada)

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