Tag Archives: Performance

What You Are Likely to Hear in the Board Room

In the first 3 months of 2017, our firm’s partners and consulting staff attended more than 200 corporate Boards of Directors compensation committee meetings in our role as executive compensation advisors. From attending these meetings, we have learned a great deal about certain issues emerging as dominant themes in Board discussions about executive pay and corporate governance. Continue reading

Is a “Target Range” Right for your Incentive Plan?

March 1, 2017 – The Havard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation re-published our most recent Viewpoint “Is a “Target Range” Right for your Incentive Plan?”. Click here to be redirected to their column.

Lower Performance for Target Pay? How Companies Address Pay-for-Performance Alignment in Times of Declining Performance

Ensuring alignment between pay and performance is challenging enough when a business is performing well. But what about during times of an industry or economic downturn, waning company performance, a shift in strategic business focus, or a period of investment when performance expectations are not as high as in recent years? Today, institutional investors and proxy advisors are hyper-focused on pay-for-performance alignment and, by extension, the rigor of performance goals. Any indication of declining incentive goals year-over-year can bring heightened scrutiny, negative commentary, and can increase the likelihood of an “against” Say-on-Pay (SOP) vote recommendation from proxy advisors. What alternatives exist for a company facing the prospect of performance expected to be lower than the prior year? What should be considered in setting incentive plan goals and what can be expected from shareholder watchdogs who closely examine performance goals and alignment with shareholders? Continue reading

“The Compensation Committee: What’s in a Name?”

To qualify for the performance-based compensation exception under Section 162(m), payment of the compensation must meet several requirements, including that performance goals must be set by the corporation’s “compensation committee.” The Code defines “compensation committee” as the committee of independent directors that has the authority to establish and administer the applicable performance goals, and certify that the performance goals are met. Continue reading

Continue Paying Executives for Performance: A Rebuttal to the HBR Article “Stop Paying Executives for Performance”

The Harvard Business Review [HBR] recently published an article, “Stop Paying Executives for Performance,” by Professor Dan Cable and Associate Professor Freek Vermeulen of the London Business School. The authors present arguments and analysis that incentives do not motivate executives to improve corporate performance. In fact, they argue that incentives might damage performance. Continue reading

CEO Pay Well Aligned with Company Performance

The number of methods for defining “CEO pay” when analyzing executive compensation continues to grow. From total pay suggested by the summary compensation table to the definitions used by Glass Lewis or Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in their proxy review reports, there is no universal standard for measuring pay, especially in comparison to performance. Continue reading

FASB Eliminates “Extraordinary Items” Concept — Implications for Incentive Compensation Plans

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has elected to eliminate the concept of extraordinary items under Generally Accepted Accounting Rules (GAAP), effective with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015. Continue reading

CEOs are Paid for Performance-Chapter 2 Summary

Is CEO pay aligned with performance? Continue reading

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