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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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The New Risk Paradigm for Corporate Governance

Effective risk management oversight by boards of directors — accompanied by risk-centric culture and governance — is the best defense against earnings surprises, reputational and legal problems, and financial ruin. Here are seven essential questions every board must consider.

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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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