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GameStop CEO reportedly due to receive $179m windfall

Outgoing chief benefits from GameStop stock surge

GameStop CEO George Sherman will reportedly receive $179 million when he leaves the retailer in July.

Reuters reported that GameStop “decoupled” portions of Sherman's salary from his performance during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. This granted him stock at a time when the retailer's shares were worth a fraction of their value today.

But GameStop stock reached record high prices in January as a wave of Reddit users went on a buying spree. The shares continued fluctuating dramatically for days, with Elon Musk and the Biden administration getting involved.

Reuters added that "as a condition of his exit, GameStop is speeding up the time frame for Sherman to receive the shares, generating the award."

GameStop's shares closed at $158.51 yesterday -- in the past 52 weeks, they had reached a low of $3.77.

The US retailer announced earlier this year that it had established a committee to help it transition from a traditional brick-and-mortar business model to a more digital-driven retail company.

It's in that context that GameStop announced last week that George Sherman will be stepping down on July 31.

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Marie Dealessandri joined in 2019 to head its Academy section. A journalist since 2012, she started in games in 2016. She can be found (rarely) tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack. GI resident Moomins expert.