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Health Care CEOs Earn Top Pay

The scrutiny of CEO salaries has now turned to chief executives in the health care field, often ignoring the specific reasons why the salary levels rank high. Health-care company chief executives had the highest median pay of any industry captured by the recent The Wall Street Journal CEO Compensation Study.

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Fewer CEOs Headed for the Exit in October

Government and nonprofit organizations had the highest number of turnovers in October 2010, with nine CEOs departing. In 2010, government and nonprofits combined have announced 141 CEO departures, ranking second only to the health-care industry, which has reported 173 this year, including eight in October.

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Paychecks for CEOs Climb

When considering CEO pay, base salaries are just part of the picture. Annual bonuses rose nearly 11 percent in the latest study from the Hay Group to a median of $1.67 million, compared with a 3.4 percent rise in the initial analysis in April. About 53 percent of the CEOs got restricted-stock grants, up from about 48 percent in the April study.

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Directors Think CEO Pay Needs Reform

A poll found that 58 percent of the 1,110 directors surveyed believe U.S. company boards have trouble effectively controlling CEO compensation and think the situation could be reformed by setting minimum stock ownership guidelines, re-evaluating compensation benchmarks and devising realistic peer group comparisons.

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The Clawback Conundrum

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Under corporate law, the board of directors sets compensation packages for the key officers of the corporation, especially the CEO. No one thinks that this task is easy. The higher that people move up, the more complex—and pricey— the benefit package needed to attract and retain them. Here's what to expect when executive compensation falls under the federal hammer.

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Growing Profits, Growing Jobs

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CEOs, thought leaders, and the nation's top policymakers gathered in the nation'scapital on June 8, 2010 to exchange ideas, build relationships and discuss the evolvingrelationship between business and government. Here are some of the highlights from the CEO2GOV Summit.

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Future of CEO Compensation

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Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who's stepping down this summer as Special Master for Executive Compensation (aka Pay Czar) to administer the $20 billion British Petroleum fund, offered his insights on the executive pay debate at Chief Executive's CEO2GOV Summit. To follow are excerpts from his presentation.

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