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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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How To Steal a Corporate Election

There are plenty of ways to steal an election. Some require guns. Others depend on bribes. Perhaps the simplest involve misleading ballots. For its corporate election this year, American Tower Corporation (AMT) has produced a humdinger. Item 04 of their ballot (technically a VIF; I will explain this legal nicety some other time) gives shareowners […]

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Search Continues at footnoted.com for Another Frugal CEO

Frugal gourmets? Yes. Frugal CEOs? Not so much. I really enjoy Michelle Leder’s posts at footnoted* and was stopped in my tracks with her recent headline that appeared to announce that she had found another frugal CEO, aside from Warren Buffett.  The proxy filed by Dresser-Rand (DRC) indicated they had “agreed to purchase Mr. Volpe’s […]

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Exchanges to Adopt Compensation Standards

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing rules that will direct the New York and other national securities exchanges to adopt listing standards regarding the compensation committee of a company’s board of directors, as well as its compensation advisers. The rules are required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In establishing […]

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Aspirational Pay for CEOs

Goodyear CEO, Richard Kramer, saw a 69% rise in his annual compensation to $8.5 million in 2010, according to an Associated Press calculation from a regulatory filing. The company reversed a 2009 decision to freeze executive officers’ salaries, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, the largest US tire maker reported a loss of $216 million for 2010, which included […]

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Fix CEO Compensation by Broadening Incentive Pay

The defenders of executive compensation argue that senior executives make the most significant contribution to a company’s success; ergo, outsize compensation is justified. But the NBER Shared Capitalism Research Project has shown the opposite: Distributing rewards across the corporation—sharing them with workers—is the most efficient way of making businesses more successful. Motivated employees are more […]

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Are High Paid CEO$ Looking for Acceptance?

People who feel more secure in receiving love and acceptance from others place less monetary value on their possessions, according to new research from Edward Lemay, assistant professor of psychology at UNH, and colleagues at Yale University. Lemay and his colleagues found that people who had heightened feelings of interpersonal security — a sense of […]

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It Takes a Daughter

Male CEOs in Denmark who have a daughter are more apt to close the gender pay gap at their companies, reports the Wall Street Journal. Overall in Denmark, there is a gender wage gap of 21.5 percent. But the birth of a daughter to a male CEO caused that gap to close by 0.5 percentage […]

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Shareowners Going "Off the Reservation" on SWOP

Of 95 companies that held say-on-pay votes as of Feb. 25, 93 had favorable votes. The vast majority of those won more than 90 percent of the votes cast, according to an analysis of the first month of proxy filings under the final Securities and Exchange Commission rules by Schulte Roth & Zabel. Companies, however, […]

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Addressing CEO Pay

Regarding CEO pay, Nell Minow recently wrote, “there is a little flicker of light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of outrageous pay.” Her signs of hope: Required advisory “say on pay” (SOP) vote. Last year after a “no” vote,  Occidental Petroleum’s board reduced the pay package for CEO Ray Irani and announced […]

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Star Power Economy May Lead U.S. to Ruin

You want to win elections, you bang on the jailable class. You build prisons and fill them with people for selling dime bags and stealing CD players. But for stealing a billion dollars? For fraud that puts a million people into foreclosure? Pass…  make them pay a fine instead. But don’t make them pay it […]

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Founders Directors: Better Board Monitoring

Feng Li and Suraj Srinivasan examine CEO compensation, CEO retention policies, and M&A decisions in firms where founders serve as a director with a non-founder CEO (founder-director firms). They find that founder-director firms offer a different mix of incentives to their CEOs than other firms. Pay for performance sensitivity for non-founder CEOs in founder-director firms […]

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Compensation Committees Should Include Employee or Shareowner Representatives

The membership of remuneration committees should be widened to allow employee or shareholder representatives to participate in order to make their operation more effective and facilitate pay restraint, according to Europe’s largest independent proxy agency PIRC. In its submission to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) consultation on short-termism, PIRC argues that encouraging […]

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Swiss May Limit CEO Pay

Disgusted with the how much CEOs are paid in comparison to the average worker? In Switzerland they are using the referendum process to address the issue head on. Thomas Minder, CEO of Trybol Cosmetics launched his campaign in October 2006 and collected nearly 118,600 to bring bring about a national referendum on remuneration. Minder, who […]

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Bank Pay Worse?

According to a soon to be released report by The Corporate Library for CII, some financial firms actually rewarded executives after the crisis with “massive salary increases,” including four Wells Fargo & Co. officials who saw their base salary at least triple from 2008 to 2009, according to the report. Wells Fargo, Citigroup Inc. and […]

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2010 CEO Pay Survey

Corporate Governance Research Reports. A new report from The Corporate Library found that the value of CEO perquisites at S&P 500 firms declined by a median of 18% in 2009. Most notable was a clear drop in the number of CEOs who received tax gross-ups. The report titled, “The Corporate Library’s 2010 CEO Pay Survey,” […]

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Income Inequality & Distress

In Expenditure Cascades, based on census data for the 100 most populous counties in the United States, Adam Seth Levine, Oege Dijk and Robert Frank found that counties where income inequality grew fastest also showed the biggest increases in symptoms of financial distress, such as commute times, divorce rates and bankruptcy filings. There is no […]

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CorpGov WayBack Machine

Ten years ago at CorpGov.net: The CalPERS board voted to invest $125 million in CIM California Urban Real Estate Fund, despite objections from investment staff who recommended only $50 million because of the firm’s (more…)

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Banking Pay

Sanjai Bhagat and Brian J. Bolton study the executive compensation structure in the largest 14 U.S. financial institutions during 2000-2008 for their paper, Investment Bankers’ Culture of Ownership? Their results are mostly consistent with and supportive of the findings of Bebchuk, Cohen and Spamann (2010), that is, managerial incentives matter – incentives generated by executive […]

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Pay Ratio Nightmare Fitting Concern for Labor Day

US companies face a “logistical nightmare” from a new rule forcing them to disclose the ratio between their chief executive’s pay package and that of the typical employee, lawyers have warned. Yes, the disclosure required by section 953(b) of Dodd-Frank “will provide ammunition for activists seeking to target perceived examples of excessive pay and perks.” […]

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Corporate Board Member

Several interesting articles in the current issue of Corporate Board Member. Nice to see coverage there of the Proxy Disclosure blog by Mark Borges, part of the CompensationStandards.com group. Borges spend four years as special counsel at the SEC’s office of rulemaking before joining the Mercer consulting firm. Regarding the new pay disclosure rules, In […]

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Enter CorpGov.net's WayBack Machine

In July 2000 we reported reaction to Delaware’s new law which allows corporations to hold shareholder meetings solely in cyberspace. Karen Hampton of Ford said webcasting of meetings will increase. Charles Elson, of the Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, indicated he likes to “see people eye-to-eye. Yet the world is changing.” […]

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Top Pay Issues

Pearl Meyer & Partners presents their annual look at the Top 10 executive pay and governance issues in 2010: Revisit Your Executive Compensation Strategy and Philosophy Address Possible “Red Flag” Compensation Practices Validate and, Where Needed, Strengthen Pay-for-Performance Relationships Expand Assessment of Compensation-Related Risk Review Long-Term Incentive Program Design Adopt an Enforceable Clawback Policy Reconsider […]

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CEO Pay in the Context of Society

An alternative approach is offered by Jay Lorsch and Rakesh Khurana in The Pay Problem, Harvard Magazine, May-June/2010, which theorizes find that the current compensation trouble stems from unexamined assumptions about the purpose of boards, executives, and the corporation. The underlying assumption that executives would work more effectively if their monetary rewards were tied to […]

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Medium CEO Pay Declines

Median total annual compensation for North American CEOs declined for the second straight year, according to a preliminary CEO pay survey from The Corporate Library. The study analyzed CEO compensation data for fiscal 2009 drawn from 823 proxy statements filed in the United States between July 1, 2009, and March 25, 2010. The report titled […]

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