INfact

Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief [...]

July 22 2008 by John Kador


Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact. 

  1.  Percent of S&P 500 companies in 2007 that had active CEOs on the board of directors | 33

  2. Percent in 2000 | 53

  3. Percent of boards that had a non-executive chair (with separate CEO and chair roles) in 2007 | 35

  4. Percent in 2002 | 25

  5. Percent of those non-executive chairs that are totally independent (e.g., not former CEOs of the company) | 13

  6. Number of companies this proxy season that adopted “clawback” provisions allowing recovery of executive pay based on incorrect financial statements | 295

  7. Number of such clawback provisions in 2004 | 14

  8. Percent of all venture capital that goes to fund startups in sectors other than computer hardware and software, semiconductors, communications, and biotechnology | 19 percent

  9. Impact on May 2008 annual same-store-sales-gain that Wal-Mart attributed to customers cashing and spending IRS stimulus refund checks | 3.9 percent

  10. Minimum multiple of salary-to-rent required by New York City landlords of tenants before they can rent a desirable apartment | 40

  11. The average price-to-earnings ratio of S&P 500 companies when core inflation hovers between 2 and 3 percent, based on the trailing 12 month earnings | 19.7

  12. The average P&E ratio when the core inflation is between 4 and 5 percent | 14.8

  13. Percent of companies with 20,000 or more employees that employs staff to monitor outbound email | 40 percent

  14. Percent of managers who have terminated a subordinate for swearing or being foul-mouthed at work | 6 percent

  15. Growth in traffic volume on U.S. roads since 1987 | 35 percent

  16. Increase in the nation’s road network | 1 percent

  17. Estimated injuries and deaths, respectively, attributed to road rage in 2008 | 25,000 and 370

  18. Increased likelihood that cars adorned with bumper stickers, decals, personalized license plates, and other “markings” engage in road rage | 16 percent

  19. Average national savings rate among G7 nations | 23.7 percent

  20. Savings rate in the U.S. | 13.6 percent

  21. Median pay package for S&P 500 CEOs in 2007 | $8.4 million

  22. Median change from 2006 | +$280,000

  23. Percent of Americans who identify themselves as “upper” class | 2 percent

  24. Number of years after the 1988 authorization of satellite radio-a key provision of which specified that the satellite services would “never” merge-that XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio sought a waiver to do just that | 19 

  25. Region of the U.S. with the most “conscientious” and “agreeable” people | Sunbelt

  26. Number of Starbucks outlets in Italy | 0

  27. Tequila sales in the U.S. in 2007, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2006 | $1.6 billion

  28. Rank of the U.S. in worldwide tequila consumption | 1

  29. Number of Chinese who climbed out of poverty between 1990 and 2004 | 400 million

  30. Year when China will have more PhD scientists and engineers than the US | 2010

  31. Percentage of workers in the financial services industry who say they are “behind schedule” for achieving their retirement financial goals | 54 percent

  32. Percentage of workers across all industries who say so | 47 percent

  33. The only car brand GM sells everywhere it does business | Chevrolet

  34. Year that General Motors, the No. 1 carmaker for most of its existence, turns 100 years old | 2008

  35. Year that GM was demoted to No. 2 carmaker in the world by Toyota | 2008

  36. Number of preorders, with $250,000 down payment each, for AERION Corp new supersonic business jet flying Mach 1.6 | 40

  37. Monthly amount Williams-Sonoma pays chairman and CEO Howard Lester to lease his private Bombardier Global Express 5000 jet for the next three years | $375,000

  38. Average hourly wage for rank and file workers in U.S. as of May 2008 | $17.94

  39. Total cost of owning and operating a car in 2007, expressed as a percentage of the cost of gasoline | 19.8 percent

  40. In 1997 | 33.4 percent

  41. Number of “friends” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has on his Facebook profile | 3,715


John Kador can be contacted at jkador@jkador.com