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No Employees on Compensation Boards Under UK's Cameron

UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected a Labor Party proposal that an ordinary employee sit on a company board compensation committee, noting that having an employee on the committee would break an important principle of not having people on a remuneration committee who will have their own pay determined. Since when are boards setting the […]

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SVNAD – Executive Comp: Every CEO Above Average!

The stock market still has not recovered from the meltdown of 2008, and many companies have had severe reductions in their workforces, but CEO compensation of major U.S. companies rose 36.5% last year. Why is there this disconnect between stock market performance, mass layoffs and CEO compensation? What should boards of directors be doing to […]

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Board Service: A Great Gig… Especially @ Apple

Looking for work-life balance? Work from home (at least part of the time). Set your own pay — $1,000 per hour and up. No threat of layoffs or workforce cutbacks. Part-time hours and multiple positions available. Excellent way to supplement your retirement income. No application necessary… The term “chemistry,” or your ability to work collegially with the other members, is […]

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72% Voted No at Regis: More to Follow

Regis Corp shareowners overwhelming selected Starboard Value’s slate of three directors at the company’s recent annual meeting and they rejected management’s “say-on-pay proposal,” with 72% voting against. According to Equilar, which tracks compensation data, Regis becomes just the 43rd company out of more than 2,982 shareholder votes this year to reject management’s compensation proposals. Starboard […]

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Video Friday: Exec Pay, Balancing Expectations or Class Warfare?

Scott Cutler, EVP, NYSE Euronext, interviewed Linda Lamel, Compensation Chair, Universal American Financial Corp. for This Week in the Boardroom (video) 9/29/2011. See also the AFL-CIO’s PayWatch and the Young Turks video. In 2010 the average worker saw a 2.6% increase in salary but a 3.6% increase in the Consumer Price Index. Meanwhile median CEO pay increased 27%. The […]

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Audio Friday: BBC Discussion on Corporate Governance

Peter Day asks what’s wrong with corporate governance. Business leaders make a lot of fuss about corporate governance, but the scandals keep on coming. In this programme, Peter Day hears from some leading authorities who makes several observations concerning nonexecutive directors, ownerless corporations, and the need for shareowners to sit on the nominations committees, a […]

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Say-on-Pay Voting Standards Released

Yesterday, the United States Proxy Exchange (USPX) released standards for shareowners to use in making say-on-pay voting decisions.  “Say-on-pay” rules mandated by Dodd-Frank allow shareowners to express an opinion on executive compensation at annual meetings. But to make informed voting decisions, shareowners must first assess the compensation packages boards propose. That is not easy, since […]

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Video Friday: Say-On-Pay Lawsuits, Crazy? + Daily Show Bonus

This Week in the Boardroom: 7/14/11 TK Kerstetter, President, Corporate Board Member; Scott Cutler, Executive Vice President, NYSE Euronext; and Stephen Lamb, Partner, Paul Weiss discuss the fact that losing a say-on-pay vote increases the likelihood of a shareowner lawsuit. See also Frivolous Say on Pay Lawsuits: Another Unintended Consequence. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Over […]

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Video Friday: Economy & Civility

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explain problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it with illustrations to boot. It’s great! Check it out. via The Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes | MoveOn.Org. And now, class warfare on the railroad. Apparently, this woman believes the norms of civility […]

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Executive Compensation: Its Complicated

Andrew Liazos, writing for CFO magazine, argues that a law enacted years ago in response to Enron poses new tax risk for deferred compensation in that Section 409A could inhibit desirable restructuring of executive pay in response to possible “say on pay” no votes. A 2009 notice from the IRS granted special relief to TARP […]

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Comments on SOP Advice: Rolling In

Sometimes the comments are as informative as the original post. The United States Proxy Exchange asked for comments on their/our draft say-on-pay voting guidelines aimed at retail investors. So far, that plea for help has attracted comments from growing list leading thinkers in the investment community. Thanks to each of you for taking the time […]

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Stock-based Comp Dis-aligns Shareowners & Mgt

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin from U. of Toronto explains that CEOs are rewarded for share price volatility not performance. (The Nasty Truth about CEO Pay, 6/3/2011) The financial crisis worked out great for them. Martin explains with great tables comparing the returns for a CEO, whose company performed with the averages, […]

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Davita (DVA): How I Voted

Davita (DVA) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up June 6. ProxyDemocracy.org had four funds voting. MoxyVote.com had two funds and two consolidations. Checking the Summary Compensation Table, it appears CEO/Chair Kent J. Thiry was paid more than $14 million. Using the United States Proxy Exchange (USPX) released draft guidelines, I voted against most […]

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Biogen Idec (BIIB): How I Voted

Biogen Idec (BIIB) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up June 2. ProxyDemocracy.org had five funds voting. Checking the Summary Compensation Table, it appears former CEO/Chairman James C. Mullen was paid more than $20 million and current CEO George A. Scangos was paid $9.4 million.  Using the United States Proxy Exchange […]

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How I Voted: Home Depot

Home Depot (HD) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up June 2. ProxyDemocracy.org had five funds voting. Checking the Summary Compensation Table, it appears CEO/Chair Francis S. Blake was paid about $10.5 million. Using the United States Proxy Exchange (USPX) released draft guidelines, I am voting against most pay packages over […]

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Google: How I Voted

Google (GOOG) is one of the stocks in my portfolio.  Their annual meeting is coming up June 2. ProxyDemocracy.org had several funds voting. Although I reviewed how they voted, my votes didn’t align with any of the funds. Checking the Summary Compensation Table, it appears two senior vice presidents (Patrick Pichette and Nikesh Arora) each got […]

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Bogle Spinning in His Grave: Vanguard, a "Pay Enabler"

No, he isn’t dead but he might as well be as far as his ability to influence Vanguard, the giant mutual fund he founded. John Bogle wants funds to introduce resolutions at companies requiring a 75% shareowner vote in order to make political contributions. Yet, Vanguard has never introduced a single shareowner resolution anywhere that […]

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Exxon Mobil: Voting Recommendations

AFSCME and RAM Trust urge shareowners to rein in CEO Pay, implement governance improvements at their May 25 meeting. AFSCME and RAM Trust recommend: Against ratifying executive pay (Item 3) For One Year frequency of the advisory vote on compensation (Item 4) Adopt a policy that the XOM Board Chair be an independent (more…)

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Talbots: How I Would Have Voted

Talbots (TLB), was one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up May 19. I didn’t realize I had sold it until I went through how I would have voted, so I’ll post it up. ProxyDemocracy.org had only one fund voting, CBIS.  MoxyVote.com had no voting (more…)

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Scripps Networks: How I Voted

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up May 18. ProxyDemocracy.org had two funds voting, CBIS and AFSCME.  Checking the Summary Compensation Table shows the CEO/Chair, Kenneth W. Lowe, was paid about $8.3 (more…)

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Video: Abe Friedman on CEO Pay

CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies saw their pay jump sharply in 2010, as boards rewarded them for strong profit and share-price growth with bigger bonuses and stock grants. The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for CEOs of the 350 biggest companies (that filed proxies between May 1, 2010, and April […]

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Nutrisystem: How I Voted

Nutrisystem, Inc. (NTRI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up May 12. Today is the last day to vote my proxy on the MoxyVote.com platform. ProxyDemocracy.org had one fund voting when I looked yesterday (CBIS). MoxyVote.com had no recommendations.  I see on the Summary Compensation Table that CEO/Chairman Joseph M. Redling was paid $5 […]

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13th Nay on Pay

Stewart Information Services has become the 13th U.S. company to fail to win majority support during a “say on pay” vote this year… Investors also withheld majority approval from a compensation committee member, W. Arthur Porter, and withheld more than 44 percent support from four other directors… While the small-cap company has lagged its industry […]

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CorpGov and Exec Pay

GovernanceMetrics International recently sampled large corporations and found that CEO pay jumped 27% in 2010 to a median of $9 million. According to William Lazonick, professor at the University of Massachusetts, in 2010 the S&P 500 jumped 12.8%, capping a two-year gain of 39.3%. Companies in the S&P 500 boosted profits by 47% in 2010, […]

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Another Pay Package Rejected

With my decision to vote against all pay packages above the median, I am voting against more than ever. Apparently, I’m not alone. Others are waking up as well. Here’s part of a report from Ted Allen of RiskMetrics/ISS from last week: This week, Cogent Communications Group failed to get majority support from investors on […]

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Hess: How I Voted

Hess is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up May 4. Today is the last day to vote on the  MoxyVote.com platform. ProxyDemocracy.org had two funds voting, covering all the issues. MoxyVote.com has four advisors or compilations of advisors offering opinions. I voted on the MoxyVote.com platform and went […]

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Excess-Pay: Beyond the 2% Solution

Excess executive pay can impose substantial costs on companies and shareowners even if manipulation or misconduct isn’t involved. Executive pay is the biggest lightening rod in corporate governance, prompting Dodd-Frank to include clawback requirements, mandatory say on pay, and say when on pay votes, as well as the coming ratio between executive pay and the […]

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