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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.

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Paying the Piper

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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.

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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.

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Does CEO Pay Align With Performance?

An annual study by the global consulting firm Watson Wyatt revealed that compensation committees at U.S. companies had been making significant adjustments to how they compensate their chief executives even prior to the recent financial crisis, marking a clear departure from the age-old practice of honoring popular executives with extra premium packages.

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The Costs of CEO Failure

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the number of CEO departures in the U.S. between 2005 and 2007 averaged almost twice that of the preceding three years. By mid-year 2008, this rate was again on the increase.

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Do CEOs Still Matter?

With the intense criticism CEOs suffer today, especially for their compensation, it is tempting to ask if they still matter. The easiest way to understand why they do, and should be compensated appropriately, is to envision a public company with a weak leader.

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CEOs Are No Corporate Saviors

While the outrage over excessive executive pay to poor performing CEOs is apparently justified, Mike Critelli, the former CEO and the outgoing Executive Chairman of Pitney Bowes, a Stamford, Connecticut-based provider of goods and services related to mail stream, believes it is a wrong notion to consider CEOs as corporate saviors.

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Is Shareholder Support to Say-on-Pay Waning?

Although shareholders are seemingly up in arms against the skyrocketing CEO pay, the fervor hasn’t translated into much action at the companies. Recent figures from expert groups such as RiskMetrics and Corporate Library reveal a very bleak picture for the 'say on pay’ proposals triggered by shareholder activists so far this year.

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