Cadbury supremo Irene Rosenfeld received a 31.5 per cent pay rise last year as part of a £18.9 million package, with union leaders describing the award as a "terrible example of corporate excess".
Figures released by the Birmingham chocolate owner’s parent group, Mondelez International, show Ms Rosenfeld’s total salary, including stock awards, option awards and an increased pension, jumped from £14.4 million.
She received a £6.6 million bonus for splitting the group into two separate operations – Mondelez and Kraft – plus a performance-based bonus of £1.3 million, according to company filings issued in the US.
But Unite’s national officer for food and drink, Jennie Formby, said: “Irene Rosenfeld’s pay package is a terrible example of corporate excess where the pay of top executives bears little or no resembance to performance."
Unite members have been embroiled in a year-long battle to save jobs at Bournville.
Ms Formby added: "Irene Rosenfeld has cut hundreds of UK manufacturing jobs since the takeover and has shown a complete lack of respect by refusing to answer questions from MPs.
“She split Kraft into Mondelez and Kraft Foods but it is now reported that Mondelez’s income has slumped.
“Yet she receives a bonus of 10 million dollars for the spin-off.
“This is yet another stain on the out-of-control remuneration that top bosses receive.”
The filings revealed Ms Rosenfeld was required to travel by company jet for both business and personal travel ‘for security and safety reasons’. Travelling by jet allows her ‘to be more productive and efficient’.
Her pay, which makes her one of the highest-paid executives in America, was awarded at a time when Mondelez was seeking 200 manufacturing job cuts, including workers at the flagship Bournville factory.