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6 Tips for Selling Your Comp Plan to Investors

With proxy season upon us, board compensation committees find themselves having to defend the exec pay choices they made over the past year, and prove that they’re really “paying for performance.” Too bad so many boards and companies do such a poor job of telling this comp story. What are some of the biggest boners CEOs commit when selling your exec pay plans — and how do you avoid them?

Ralph Ward CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation March 17 2014

How Much Does The Average CEO Really Earn?

Hint: it’s a lot less than what mainstream media reports imply. Of the roughly 30 million businesses in the United States, less than 6,000 are publicly traded on major stock exchanges. As anyone who gets his or her information from mainstream news and media outlets well knows, the spotlight and analysis for business (especially in regard to CEO compensation) are firmly focused on S&P 500 companies. That means that virtually 100 percent of media coverage of CEO compensation focuses on less than 8 percent of all public companies and less than .002 percent of all companies in the U.S.

Michael Bamberger CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation November 16 2012

Director Compensation rose significantly in 2011, fueled by higher retainers and equity awards

Cash compensation for S&P 500 corporate board directors increased by only 1 percent while total comp increased by 8 percent. Companies are moving away from compensation based upon meeting attendance. Despite long-standing criticism companies continue to offer benefits to directors.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation October 18 2012

The $44 Million One Day CEO

We have to do better on CEO compensation or it will be the undoing of business.

Bob Donnelly CEO Compensation , CEO Life July 23 2012
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The Limits of Monetary Incentives

Money isn’t the great motivator people often suppose. In fact, excessive monetary rewards can lead to bad behaviors.

Claudio Feser CEO Compensation , Compensation , Talent Management February 3 2012

$38 Million Turns into $1 Million: Stanford Finds the Real Value of Executive Compensation Packages

There are many ways to measure executive compensation packages, and in its paper, “What Does It Mean for an Executive to ‘Make’ $1 Million?” Stanford Graduate School of Business explores what CEOs really take home (not just what the media says they do). For example, in 2008 Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit took home over $38 million in reported compensation, but that translates to $2.9 million earned compensation, or just over $1 million in realized compensation.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation December 29 2011

Part II: Private Company Compensation Study

Chief Executive Group recently conducted a groundbreaking study of the compensation practices of private companies with revenues of $5 million to $5 billion. In our last issue, we provided some of the highlights about CEO compensation practices. This charticle focuses on some of the key findings related to other senior executives.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Life , Talent Management December 6 2011

GE CEO Jeff Immelt: Lowering CEO Pay Won’t Fix Our Problems

There’s extreme backlash toward big business as the economy continues to struggle.  Much focus is placed on executive compensation practices, [...]

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation October 20 2011
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Top 100 CEO Pay Packages Among Public Companies

Here is a list of the top 100 CEOs and their pay packages according to public record. The top three CEOs all made more than $70 million in one year alone.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Life September 29 2011
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America’s Highest Paid CEOs

Chief executives at public companies are often rewarded with handsome salaries and bonuses, and often to the outrage of the public. Here is a list of the 100 highest-paid CEOs from Forbes as of March 25, 2011.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Life September 29 2011

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