EICC boss Rissmann paid more than council chief executive

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THE man in charge of the council-owned Edinburgh International Conference Centre was paid more than city chief executive Sue Bruce,
latest figures show.

Hans Rissmann, chief executive of the EICC for the past 20 years, received a package totalling £159,694 in the last financial year, compared with Ms Bruce’s £158,553.

Mr Rissmann’s total included a salary of £152,314 and a bonus of £7380.

The figures, contained in a report for Thursday’s full council meeting, also detail the bonuses received by directors of other council-owned arms-length companies, including Lothian Buses managing director Ian Craig’s £79,856, which took his total remuneration to £264,196, and the £44,638 bonuses paid to fellow directors Bill Campbell, Bill Devlin and Norman Strachan.

Eric Adair, of council property firm EDI, received a total of £102,974. And Lucy Bird, who quit as boss of Marketing Edinburgh after the row over the notorious “Incredinburgh” ad campaign, received a £3711 bonus as part of her £96,900-a-year package, but the company stressed it was for the previous year in recognition of attracting more conferences.

City Green group leader Councillor Steve Burgess said: “I am astonished at some of the salaries paid to bosses at arms-length companies of the
council.

“I am fine with us rewarding high-quality staff appropriately but I’m concerned the council strikes the right balance.”