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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).

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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?

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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.

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March Madness: Executive Bonuses on the Rebound

March brings the beginning of spring and this year CEOs are seeing more green than just blooming trees. Executive compensation is on the upswing. According to The Wall Street Journal, CEOs at 50 major companies have seen their bonuses jump by more than 30%. These 50 CEOs took home a total of $126.1 million in 2010, a number significantly higher than 2009's $83 million. Who took home the most?

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J&J Cut CEO’s Performance Bonus 45%

Johnson & Johnson cut CEO William Weldon's performance bonus by 45% in 2010. During the year, the company saw several product recalls. Weldon's performance bonus for 2010 was $1.98 million, down from $3.6 million for 2009, according to documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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