Yearly Archives: 2017

The Evolution and Current State of Director Compensation Plans

Over the past 20 years, there has been a major shift in how large public companies have compensated their outside Directors.1 These changes have included the elimination of Board meeting fees, granting of equity compensation in the form of full-value shares, the elimination of Director retirement plans and other perquisites, adoption of stock ownership guidelines for Directors, and giving of supplemental cash retainers to Committee Chairs in recognition of their substantial time commitments to committee work. Continue reading

Compensation Considerations for Company Spin-off Transactions

The past 5 years have seen a significant number of companies spinning off one or more businesses into separate, free-standing companies. S&P’s Capital IQ reports a total of 86 full or partial spin-offs that began trading on a major U.S. exchange from mid-2011 through mid-2016 — an average of 17 per year. Continue reading

The CEO Pay Ratio in Context: Framing the Narrative

If current legislation and SEC rulemaking stand, one big story in public company executive compensation during the 2018 proxy season will be the disclosure of the “CEO Pay Ratio.” Beginning for reporting periods starting on or after January 1, 2017 (spring 2018 proxy filings), companies will be required to disclose the median of employee pay excluding the CEO, CEO pay, and the ratio between the two. Continue reading

The Gender Pay Gap at the Top

The gender pay gap is receiving increasing levels of attention. While a few companies have been able to report the elimination of any gender pay gap, general industry statistics indicate the presence of a gender pay gap of 75.9¢ to 94.6¢ earned by women per each dollar earned by men (depending on adjustments for age, education, experience, etc.) Continue reading

Prognosticators of Pay forum featuring Lane Ringlee, Managing Partner at Pay Governance

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The CEO Pay Ratio Beyond Dodd Frank: Live and Local

Spring is in the air, and executive compensation consultants are busy reading a cascade of public filings and proxy advisor reports as we analyze and are asked to predict trends in executive pay in 2017 and beyond. One of the most common questions in executive compensation this year concerns what will become of the Dodd-Frank mandated CEO pay ratio set to be disclosed publicly for most companies beginning with proxies filed in 2018 – if not delayed or overturned beforehand. Earlier this year, acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar took the unusual step of requesting additional comments on the cost and burden of complying with the already approved CEO pay ratio rule, which would require companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to that of the median employee. Continue reading

Assessing ISS’ Newly Selected GAAP Financial Metrics for CEO P4P Alignment: How Can Companies Respond?

Say on Pay (SOP) and shareholder advisor vote recommendations have caused a dramatic increase in the use of relative total shareholder return (TSR) as a long-term incentive (LTI) plan performance metric. Continue reading

Equilar C-Suite-Spin Control

May 15, 2017 – In the latest version of Equilar’s C-Suite magazine, Christine Skizas, partner in our Chicago office, is a contributor to the Spin Control article. Please click here to be redirected to the article. To receive the full … Continue reading

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Pay ratio will be hot political issue next year

May 14, 2017 – The St. Louis Post dispatch recently quoted Eric Marquardt our St. Louis partner regarding executive pay packages. Click here to be redirected to the article.

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Potential Regulatory Relief – Financial CHOICE Act 2.0

The CHOICE Act is designed to rewrite many of the rules and provisions contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protect Act (“Dodd-Frank”). The proposed legislation was passed on a party-line vote of 34-26 and has advanced to the full House for a vote at some future date. The legislation is expected to pass the House due to its Republican majority. Continue reading

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