E Facebook’s Management Team Gets Stronger

Facebook’s (FB) management team continues to get stronger with the recent addition of Susan Taylor as the chief accounting officer. Ms. Taylor comes over from LinkedIn (LNKD) where the company was focused on the white-hot social and mobile side of the economy, so this seems to be a brilliant pickup as she fits in well with what Facebook is trying to do.

Though this may not seem like news to most, it is important to note because the CAO office has actually been vacant at Facebook since the middle of February. Former chief accounting officer Jas Athwal let Facebook know that he was going to be departing in mid-February back in November of last year. Ms. Taylor however will not fill the position immediately, and will commence her duties starting April 17.

In addition to being the chief accounting officer at LinkedIn, Ms. Taylor is also a vice president and the controller of the company and has held all three positions for the past five years. That is a pretty tremendous track record, if I  say so myself, and I believe she will plug and play just nicely with Facebook’s elite management team. Facebook’s management team has an average tenure of 5.6 years and is led by Mark Zuckerberg. On the other hand the average tenure of the board of directors at the company is at 7.8 years.

Source: Simplywall.st

Ms. Taylor’s salary was disclosed to be $400k with a matching sign-on bonus. But we all know that executives don’t make their money off of the salary of their day-to-day jobs, they make it off their annual bonus and their stock incentives. The current bonus plan is for a target of 50% of her base pay and she receives restricted stock units initially valued at $3.5M with a four year vesting plan.

I actually initiated my position in Facebook in late November and have been pretty happy with the purchase thus far. I will only be purchasing shares if they are below $121 because I believe that is where Facebook offers additional value. I've selected $121 because it is the average of the 52-week range and my cost basis.

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Disclosure: In addition to the shares I own I am long the March $135 call, short the March $120 strike put, and short the March $140 strike call.
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Doug Morris 3 years ago Member's comment

As someone who owns shares in #LinkedIn, how will the loss of Ms. Taylor affect them? Has she been replaced yet? $LNKD $FB

Carol Klein 3 years ago Member's comment

Thanks for sharing your portfolio and bringing this change at #Facebook to my attention. Much appreciated. $FB