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America’s Highest Paid CEOs

Chief executives at public companies are often rewarded with handsome salaries and bonuses, and often to the outrage of the public. Here is a list of the 100 highest-paid CEOs from Forbes as of March 25, 2011.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Life September 29 2011

Apple’s new CEO gets an extra million shares (worth $383 million)

Shortly after Steve Jobs stepped down from Apple’s helm and Timothy Cook was named the successor at the end of August, Cook was gifted with one million shares of Apple’s stock, which is currently worth almost $400 million. But Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world — and recently even overtook ExxonMobil as the largest company. What are the implications of Apple’s compensation policy, and will this bonus incentivize Cook to stay for the long haul?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation September 22 2011
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Media Wrong About CEO Compensation

Most CEOs earn nowhere near the compensation of their public company counterparts, according to the results of an exclusive Chief Executive Group study of 789 CEOs of privately held companies, which represent the overwhelming majority of firms in the economy.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Life , Compensation , Talent Management September 19 2011

Most CEOs Aren’t Overpaid

Despite the headlines, the vast majority of CEOs don’t take home anything close to the $9.0 million that the average S&P 500 company CEO did in 2010. According to a new research report from Chief Executive Group, the average private company CEO with at least $5 million in revenues had a total compensation package of $1.3 million, with a median of $405,000.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation July 21 2011

First Votes on Say on Pay Approve Majority of CEOs’ Compensation

The results are in for Say on Pay, and at almost 99% of companies’ shareholders voted ‘yea.’ The shareholder votes allowed by the Dodd Frank financial overhaul provision (aimed at curtailing top executives’ pay) are not binding, but are still representative of the landscape of CEO compensation. Shareholders think that boards are compensating their executives properly. Only 1.5% of companies had shareholders who disagreed with compensation packages (that’s only 39 out of 2532 companies).

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation July 14 2011
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VIDEO: CEO of the Year Alan Mulally on Fair CEO Compensation

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation July 6 2011
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VIDEO: CEO of the Year Alan Mulally on Fair CEO Compensation

Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year, Ford Motor Company’s Alan Mulally, weighs in on CEO compensation. This topic has grown controversial as many CEOs have taken home large bonuses while the rest of the economy remains fragile. Here Mulally gives his opinion on how to fairly compensate chief executives.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Compensation , CEO Life , Corporate Finance , Governance/Compliance , Videos July 5 2011
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Compensation Negotiation: It’s Not Just About How Much You’ll Make

There are many things to consider when negotiating an employment agreement — and salary is just one of them. If you don’t consult an attorney, you may put yourself in a vulnerable position and leave money on the table. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Jon Vegosen CEO Compensation , CEO Life May 27 2011

CEO Compensation Report 2011

Do companies really pay for performance? ChiefExecutive explores the questions that board compensation committees and shareholders are asking: how do you link short and long-term pay to performance while neither overpaying nor underpaying the CEO?

Russ Banham Boards of Directors , CEO Compensation , CEO Life , Governance , Governance/Compliance , Governance/Compliance May 17 2011

Following a Static Year, Public Company CEO Pay Jumps 11 Percent

Executive pay stalled in 2009 while the U.S. weathered the heat of the recession, but now things are on the upswing. Matching increases in net income at many companies, executives are now seeing a huge increase in pay packages. With shareholders enjoying a median return of 18%, chief executives of public companies took home around 11% more than they did last year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation May 5 2011

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