Wells Fargo & Co
Stumpf received 379,600 shares, valued at about $10 million. Chief Financial Officer Howard Atkins, wholesale banking head Dave Hoyt and home and consumer finance head Mark Oman each received 189,800 shares, worth about $5 million.
The stock payouts will vest after three years and only if the San Francisco-based bank meets certain performance goals, the bank said in a statement. The executives will forfeit the payouts if they leave the company for a competitor and they must hold a portion of all their shares for as long as they are employed by Wells Fargo, according to the statement.
Wells Fargo's move follows that of Goldman Sachs Group
U.S. banks broadly are seeking to deflect outrage over bonuses, which have been a hot-button issue since the U.S. government handed out billions of dollars in bailout money to shore up banks during the financial crisis.
Wells Fargo, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, earlier this month returned the $25 billion it received in October 2008 under the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program.
But some bank experts have said that returning government funds and increasing stock-based compensation will not necessarily end public outcry over bankers' large bonuses. If banks including Wells Fargo continue to rebound from the financial crisis, their shares -- and the executives' payouts -- could surge.
Shares in Wells Fargo have recovered from a low of $7.80 at the height of the financial crisis in March but they have fallen almost 8 percent from $29.48 at the start of the year.
Wells Fargo shares were up 1.4 percent, or 38 cents at $27.20 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Tim Dobbyn and Gunna Dickson)