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Why Companies Fear Restoring Executive Pay Cuts?

While restoration of employee pay cuts is on the rise, reversal of executive pay cuts is still on hold. Thanks to the strong sentiment against the alleged outrageous executive pay, the Ken Feinberg factor and the slow pace of economic recovery, compensation and pay analysts think companies are playing safe at the moment by maintaining silence over executive pay cut reversals.

Fayazuddin A. Shirazi CEO Compensation October 30 2009

Are Boards on Way to Better Practices?

Stuart Spencer study indicates boards are mending their ways for better governance.

Fayazuddin A. Shirazi CEO Compensation October 22 2009
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Medtronic CEO Bill George: Still Searching for Authenticity

Under Bill George’s leadership the medical technology company’s market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging an annual 35 percent increase. Earlier in his career he was an executive with Honeywell, Litton Industries and served in the Department of Defense. Since leaving Minneapolis for Cambridge, Mass. to become a professor at Harvard Business School, George has turned into the Diogenes of executive management, searching for and occasionally finding what he calls “authentic” leaders–men and women who lead effectively because they are, first, honest with themselves.

JP Donlon CEO Compensation , CEO Interviews October 13 2009

Do Banks Pay For Performance?

While industry analysts believe there’s an urgent need to align CEO pay with performance, apparently many companies are still dragging their feet on the issue. A study by the Presidio Pay Advisors revealed that U.S banks which participated in the Treasury’s bailout program have not tied executive pay with performance since the financial crisis began in 2007.

Fayazuddin A. Shirazi CEO Compensation August 18 2009

C-Suite Pay on the Decline

The impact of the financial meltdown has apparently taken a toll on C-level executive salaries with many of the C-Suite executives experiencing a considerable decline in their pay checks.

Fayazuddin A. Shirazi CEO Compensation July 27 2009

CEO Pay for Performance: Reality or Illusion

Fifty years ago CEO pay was primarily based on ‘pay for time’ (salary, benefits and perquisites — pay that is insensitive to individual or company performance. Over the last 50 years the design of executive pay in general and CEO pay in particular has shifted dramatically from ‘pay for time’ to ‘pay for performance’– cash incentive pay dependent on individual and company performance and equity pay (restricted stock and stock options) dependent on company stock price performance.

John W. Hamm CEO Compensation July 21 2009
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The Sanctity of Contracts in a World of Bailouts

Are the employment contracts of firms receiving bailout funds immune from government revision? Major public dustups have an unsettling way of forcing CEOs, who are often in the line of fire, to ponder fundamental questions about the structure of this nation’s economic order.

Richard A. Epstein CEO Compensation , Governance/Compliance , Legal June 22 2009

Fixing Executive Compensation: Right Time, Wrong Approach

As a result of the executive pay cap in companies taking TARP funding, the door has been opened for increased federal regulation of executive compensation. It is impossible at this point to predict how open the door is and whether or not it is just the first step in an effort by the federal government to control executive compensation in the U.S.

Edward E. Lawler CEO Compensation June 21 2009
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Paying the Piper

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009 mandates strict new rules on executive compensation for recipients of the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Russ Banham CEO Compensation June 21 2009

Sound, Fury-and Reasoned Response

In these unprecedented times, legislators in the U.S. (and elsewhere) are taking aim at corporate governance of executive compensation and at an array of specific pay practices, from base salary increases to incentive awards to severance and even to corporate jets.

Diane Doubleday CEO Compensation , Leadership April 14 2009

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