The man from Del Monte, he says "yes!" — and little wonder. Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, CEO of the fruit and vegetable producer, has been revealed to earn $8.5m, or 1,465 times the $5,833 median earnings of his 39,000 staff. Anyone who recalls the 1980s’ "man from Del Monte" TV commercials will see in Del Monte’s disclosure, published as part of the new Dodd Frank-mandated reports to the US securities and exchange commission (SEC), a reflection of the colonial subtext that ran through those adverts.Del Monte is one of the more extreme examples in the new Schedule 14a filings starting to stream in to the SEC, but it is not the worst. That prize goes to automotive group Aptiv, formerly known as Delphi. Its CEO Kevin Clark earned $13.8m last year, more than 2,500 times the $5,464 median earnings of his 130,000 staff. The bulk of Dodd-Frank legislation was aimed at Wall Street, so it is ironic that the big banks come out of the pay ratio exercise looking almost modest by comparison. Jamie Di...

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