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CFO Pay Rise Outpulls CEO Comp

Despite recent market turmoil and news of big corporate losses, finance professionals have nothing to lose. On the contrary, they’ve maneuvered to pocket bigger paychecks with the average executive recording a salary hike of 5 percent this year. Compare this with CEO pay growth of a mere 1.3 percent during the same period.

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How Yahoo can keep MS at bay?

Now that the threat posed by MS takeover bid appears to be receding, Yahoo can shift its focus on bettering its prospects. Although the rumor mills are still agog with talks of proxy wars amongst the hedge fund companies prying to own Yahoo, industry veterans believe, Yahoo must depart from its current cumbersome online media strategies, if it has to ...

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Companies Vary on Pay Disclosures

The SEC’s diktat on disclosing performance goals for executive compensation seems to be falling flat on managements, as more and more companies are increasingly reluctant of disclosing their performance targets for this season. A recent poll conducted by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a leading global consulting firm, indicated that a significant number of large US companies are unwilling to disclose performance ...

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Trustworthiness via Transparency

How can a company claim to be sufficiently trustworthy? Probably Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, the global independent PR consulting firm mostly known for its trust barometer ratings has the answer to it. He says if a company has to harp on its trustworthy claims, all it needs to do is be transparent. Admit your follies and be ...

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Why Lax Access Governance Leads to Trouble

If Societe Generale, had effective access management controls, the bank wouldn’t have had a severe beating in the form of a $7 billion loss, triggered by an overzealous 31-year-old rogue trader, say industry experts. Last month Societe Generale, the second largest public sector bank in France, uncovered massive fraud by a Paris-based trader, which resulted in a loss of over ...

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Measuring Innovation

“You cannot manage what you don’t measure,” says a popular axiom in business. If you need to track the economy, you need to measure the growth. Strongly guided by this notion, the US commerce secretary Carlos M Gutierrez recently released a report, calling for innovation measurement, which according to experts is an elusive driver of economic progress. The report known ...

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Private Equity Groups Gain Upper Hand in Attracting Talent

Tony James, the COO and President of Blackstone Group had expressed fears saying private equity world is suffering a brain drain to the hedge fund fraternity a couple of years ago. That was 2005. Now it’s the other way around. While private equity is gaining an upper hand in attracting talent, the hedge fund groups and the investment banks are ...

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CEOs Positive Despite Fears of Recession

Despite a variety of headwinds dominating the US economic scenario, American business leaders assume and foresee generally positive conditions over the next six months.A Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook survey released early this month, indicated that majority of CEOs were confident of a moderate economic growth of 2.1 percent in 2008, despite fears of an impending economic recession. This finding ...

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