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CEO Pay May Not Be as Big an Issue as it’s Built Up to Be

It’s clear that the zeitgeist has turned against outsized CEO compensation. But corporate boards of directors, and even rank-and-file shareholders, aren’t necessarily falling into the opposite camp these days when hot-button issues such as golden parachutes or exorbitant pay for business chiefs reach them for a vote. This is a perhaps-unexpected reality that some CEOs might be able to take to the bank.

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6 Tips for Selling Your Comp Plan to Investors

With proxy season upon us, board compensation committees find themselves having to defend the exec pay choices they made over the past year, and prove that they’re really “paying for performance.” Too bad so many boards and companies do such a poor job of telling this comp story. What are some of the biggest boners CEOs commit when selling your exec pay plans -- and how do you avoid them?

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How Much Does The Average CEO Really Earn?

Hint: it’s a lot less than what mainstream media reports imply. Of the roughly 30 million businesses in the United States, less than 6,000 are publicly traded on major stock exchanges. As anyone who gets his or her information from mainstream news and media outlets well knows, the spotlight and analysis for business (especially in regard to CEO compensation) are firmly focused on S&P 500 companies. That means that virtually 100 percent of media coverage of CEO compensation focuses on less than 8 percent of all public companies and less than .002 percent of all companies in the U.S.

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$38 Million Turns into $1 Million: Stanford Finds the Real Value of Executive Compensation Packages

There are many ways to measure executive compensation packages, and in its paper, “What Does It Mean for an Executive to ‘Make’ $1 Million?” Stanford Graduate School of Business explores what CEOs really take home (not just what the media says they do). For example, in 2008 Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit took home over $38 million in reported compensation, but that translates to $2.9 million earned compensation, or just over $1 million in realized compensation.

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Part II: Private Company Compensation Study

Chief Executive Group recently conducted a groundbreaking study of the compensation practices of private companies with revenues of $5 million to $5 billion. In our last issue, we provided some of the highlights about CEO compensation practices. This charticle focuses on some of the key findings related to other senior executives.

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