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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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Victory Without Vindication

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Two years ago last April I sat in the Park Avenue office of Invemed, the investment firm of  Ken Langone one of the most powerful men on Wall Street -respected if not always admired. The salty -tongued son of a plumber and a cafeteria worker grew up in Queens, New York, many worlds away from the Sands Point, Long Island ...

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CFO Pay Rise Outpulls CEO Comp

Despite recent market turmoil and news of big corporate losses, finance professionals have nothing to lose. On the contrary, they’ve maneuvered to pocket bigger paychecks with the average executive recording a salary hike of 5 percent this year. Compare this with CEO pay growth of a mere 1.3 percent during the same period.

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