CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- The Progress Energy chief executive whose sudden departure was announced hours after the merger creating America's largest electric utility is getting a big payout.
Duke Energy reports to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it's paying former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson as much as $10.3 million. Johnson was supposed to become CEO of the combined company Tuesday, but resigned suddenly.
Johnson last week signed a three-year employment contract that was supposed to take effect Tuesday.
Duke said in the securities filing first reported by The Charlotte Observer that Johnson gets a severance payout of $7.4 million, 2012 bonus of $1.4 million, and a lump sum of up to $1.5 million.
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will continue in that role as head of the expanded company.
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