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ISS: CEO Pay Jumps 13 Percent Among Early Filers

Joe Mont | April 14, 2015

The average compensation package for CEOs in the U.S. rose nearly 13 percent over the past year, driven by increasingly valuable pension plans, according to new research that that analyzed early filers in the Russell 3000 index.

The study, conducted by two consultancy offshoots of the proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS Corporate Solutions and ExecComp Analytics), looked at companies that reported their financials through April 13, 2015. That pool encompassed more than one-third of Russell 3,000 companies (1,211), limiting the data set to CEOs who have held their post for at least two years.

Nearly two-thirds of those CEOs enjoyed a pay increase for fiscal year 2014, a two percentage point increase over the previous period. CEO pay, the study says, jumped 12.7 percent, fueled largely by actuarial increases in the value...

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