All executive pay articles

  • Pay cuts

    Executive pay cuts a growing trend during coronavirus


    Hundreds of companies around the world have announced drastic cuts to the salaries of their senior executives as one way to reduce the unprecedented financial blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Board

    CII urges companies to commit to long-term executive pay


    The Council of Institutional Investors overhauled its policy on executive compensation, urging public companies to dial back the complexity of their plans and set longer periods for measuring performance for incentive pay.

  • Article

    Early pay ratio filings show a disclosure demand in progress


    As initial pay ratio disclosures hit the books, investors are finding some supplemental disclosures and thinking creatively about where to place the new data.

  • Article

    Equal pay fast becoming a U.K. compliance issue


    Disputes over discrepancies in compensation are rapidly involving both boardrooms and human resources in ways that compliance will ultimately oversee.

  • Blog

    Compensation for outside corporate directors is stabilizing


    A recently released analysis by Willis Towers Watson fiinds that the total compensation for outside corporate directors is rising, but only at an average pace of 2 percent in 2016.

  • Blog

    Dems demand end to pay-ratio rule delay


    Senate Democrats are demanding that the SEC stop delaying implementation of a controversial rule requiring that CEO pay be disclosed as a comparative ratio to their median employee.

  • Article

    Please, Mrs. May, stay out of the pay debate


    Prime Minister Theresa May’s executive pay reforms have created quite a stir in the U.K. Paul Hodgson explores what’s behind all the commotion.

  • Article

    U.K. governance hearings: it’s all peachy except when it’s not


    The Financial Reporting Council has a number of recommendations for improving corporate governance, but not all executives and directors may be happy with them. Paul Hodgson reports.

  • Article

    U.K. looks to make big changes in corporate governance


    The United Kingdom seeks to update corporate governance regulations on three fronts: executive pay, the connection between boards and stakeholders, and applying the corporate governance codes of listed companies to large private firms. Paul Hodgson reports.

  • Blog

    Top CEO pay not always result of shareholder return


    Joe Mont explores new research from The Conference Board that says CEOs at the nation’s top companies have landed atop the list of the 25 highest paid executives every year since 2012, a trend that may have little to do with the price of company stock.

  • Article

    The many compliance lessons of Wells Fargo


    What should compliance officers take away from Wells Fargo employees secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts for their customers? Joe Mont looks at the important lessons.

  • CoinsLeaning

    U.K. CEO pay: rebuilding trust between owners and managers


    Two reports issued last week strongly criticized U.K. executive pay. But, perhaps more importantly, both also welcomed many of the new Tory Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals on pay and corporate governance. Paul Hodgson has more.

  • CashRetainer

    Study: cash retainers for board service reach new highs


    While median pay for outside directors at the nation’s largest corporations increased modestly in 2015, the growing trend of taking a fixed approach to director pay drove the annual cash retainer for board service to $100,000 for the first time, according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson. Joe Mont ...

  • Blog

    Study: CEO pay had lowest increase since financial crisis


    Total median CEO pay, excluding pensions, at large capital U.S. companies grew just 3.9 percent, the lowest increase since the financial crisis of 2008. That’s the conclusion drawn in a new study by ISS Corporate Solutions, a subsidiary of Institutional Shareholder Services, a leading proxy advisory firm.

  • Blog

    What does the controversial pay raise for BP’s CEO mean for compliance?


    Image: What are the implications of CEO pay during an economic downturn for your compliance program? In this piece, the Man From FCPA Tom Fox explores that question in the context of BP’s recent pay raise given to Bob Dudley, who, as CEO, laid off thousands of employees and saw ...

  • Blog

    Report: CEOs Already Raked in More Than the Average Employee


    By the end of the first Tuesday of 2016, FTSE 100 chief executives will have earned more than the average full-time employee, said a report released by U.K. think-tank High Pay Centre. The survey said that chief executives were paid out roughly £4.96 million a year, while the average U.K. ...

  • Blog

    Researchers Defend Big Money CEO Severance Pay


    A surefire way for a company to garner bad press and anger investors is to reward an outgoing, terminated CEO with a hefty payout despite poor firm performance. A recent study published in The Accounting Review, a publication of the American Accounting Association, puts a contrarian spin on those controversies ...

  • Article

    How Bad Is SEC Politicking? Pretty Bad


    Image: That the SEC endures its share of politics is not exactly news—but the amount of politics, and the sheer partisan in-fighting at the agency? That’s rising. Split votes are more common, published dissents from commissioners more frequent. “Sometimes when I see what’s going on now, I’m sorry I ever ...

  • Blog

    Banks Are Concerned Over New EU Bonus Rules


    Image: New EU legislation covering banker pay that will be applied across all member states is causing some rift in the industry. Wim Mijs, chief executive of the European Banking Federation, said the rules may lead to a “heavy administrative burden.” He is calling on the European commissioner responsible for ...

  • Article

    Small-Company Rules Inch Forward


    Congress (and SEC commissioners) routinely complains that the SEC is so focused on churning out overdue rules for compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, it has neglected to churn out overdue rules on capital formation required under the JOBS Act. In truth, the SEC is likely to move forward with what ...