Size & CEO Pay

size and ceo pay graph with elon musk ahead

Size & CEO Pay Part 2 in series: “What Matters in CEO Pay?” Size matters. Both company size and CEO pay size matter a lot! While this doesn’t seem like a wild statement, this fact gets tested over and over, most recently with one of the most widely- known executives in the world, Elon Musk, […]

Compensation Committee Considerations 2024

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At this time last year, 72% of CEOs were expecting a recession in 2023. While the circumstances underlying that prediction have evolved (hypergrowth and hyper-inflation have tapered off), and the Russell 1,000 has returned 18.3% YTD. In short, the market is volatile and predictions are difficult!Over the past year, as we have worked with our […]

Nonprofit Compensation Primer: What You Should Know

Compensation in the nonprofit sector remains a topic of keen interest and occasional debate. Many assume that working for a cause should mean lower salaries and little to no incentive opportunities. However, the reality is that competitive compensation is critical to attracting and retaining talented professionals who can make the most significant impact. This post […]

Long-Term Incentive Plans in Private Companies

Long-Term Incentives in Private Companies

For the past 16 years, long-term incentives (LTI) in private companies have significantly increased. According to WorldatWork, the prevalence of LTIs in private companies increased from 35% in 2007 to 62% in 2019. Given the current hyper-competitive market combined with volatile macro conditions of 2023 and beyond, the majority of private companies in every US […]

Incentive Plan Decision Making

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While Pay versus performance disclosures will headline most executive pay stories, the real cruxt of the matter is designing pay + performance programs. Many public, private and not for profit company boards and management are asking how to set pay for stretch and who should design the incentive plan mechanics. We provide simple guiding principles. […]

SEC’s Pay Versus Performance – 2023 Early Impressions

pay vs performance insights 2023

SEC’s Pay Versus Performance – 2023 Early Impressions As we head into March and the start of proxy season, the SEC’s newly required Pay Versus Performance disclosures are front of mind for many that deal with compensation and corporate governance. The Commission just recently released some *timely* clarifications on their rules, called Compliance & Disclosure […]

SEC Executive Compensation Clawback Rules

Clawback 2022

SEC Compensation Clawback Rules It took 12 years post Dodd Frank and a 3-2 political party divided vote, but the SEC has finally adopted new clawback rules. Here is an early summary, and for those who love the details, see the full release below. Full Rules Release Summary: Recovery of Erroneous and Excessive Executive Compensation […]

The Times, They are a Changin’ for Compensation Committees

Times are changing in compensation

Sitting on a board is no picnic. The primary responsibility for board members has evolved from its focus as a shareholder fiduciary over the last few years. In addition to this role, public, private and nonprofit boards must now also share the company’s responsibility to be a good community partner through environmental, social and governance […]

2023 E&P Bonuses – Strong Payments Ahead

2023 E&P Bonuses – Strong Payments Ahead

2023 E&P Bonuses – Strong Payments Ahead As the end of August nears, companies are wrapping up Q2 FY 2022 earnings reporting, summer breaks are winding down, and company leaders are turning their collective attention to what needs to be done to close out FY2022 and prepare for FY2023. 2022 has been an eventful year […]