Category: Compensation Committee

Dangling the Carrot: How Banks Can Approach Incentive Compensation

Carefully drafted incentive compensation plans can improve executive loyalty. It’s a good idea to make sure your executives are protected, and there are a lot of variables to consider in putting together incentive compensation plans. This article discusses options like cash or equity, appropriate triggers, and other “do’s and don’ts” to consider with drafting this type… Read more »

Only 7 Say-on-Pay Failures So Far

The Say-on-Pay failure rate is the lowest it’s been since voting began in 2011. According to this Semler Brossy chart, the failure rate is at 0.6%, and only seven Russell 3000 companies have failed thus far in 2017.

5 Governance Experts Share Perspective On Boards

We found and wanted to share this recent Forbes article rehashing an interesting discussion from five leading governance experts on the topic of effective governance strategies. While concluding that best practices are not “one size fits all”, the article highlights some key factors for boards to evaluate when determining how best to develop an effective… Read more »

New Revenue Recognition Standard’s Impact on Compensation

There’s a new revenue recognition standard that could affect compensation and bonus plans. These plans are made over many years, and the ways of measuring and the timing of recognition of revenue change. Determining compensation incentives that reward real growth will require serious reconsideration. Companies will need to reexamine definitions, calculations, and targets in incentive… Read more »

MAY L-BLAST: Media Bias in CEO Pay | Top 10 Compensation Hot Topics | Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

In this month’s edition of the L-Blast, we have a very interesting original L&A article for you about media bias in CEO compensation. It references an article from Fortune.com that draws erroneous conclusions to support their discussion of the gender pay gap between Yahoo’s present and previous CEOs. It provides a comparison on both CEO’s… Read more »

Incentive Plan Goal Setting

One of the biggest issues facing boards today is setting goals for incentive plans. How do companies find that balance between motivating executives, aligning with the company’s strategic goals, and satisfying shareholders? This article by ClearBridge analyzed the goals for annual incentives & long-term incentives set by 100 S&P 500 companies to help answer this… Read more »

ConocoPhillips Investors Reject Executive Pay Plan

Say On Pay (SOP) is back in the news—and this time in a BIG WAY! Three big energy companies—Exxon, Conoco and BP—just had shareholders reject their pay packages. At L&A this was a surprise since all 3 companies have excellent boards; excellent leadership and what we would have assumed, great shareholder outreach. This article by… Read more »

A Surprising Definition of Board Independence

Board independence is an increasing focal point for investors, proxy advisors and corporate issuers, especially now as companies go through their annual shareholder meetings. With that in mind, we thought this article from the Financial Times relevant for our community as it highlights a recent study on director independence and its impact on governance.

Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors

We believe this article by Harvard regarding cybersecurity for boards is worthwhile for our readers. When it comes to the board’s role in risk oversight, it is imperative for directors to stay ahead of the curve. Since it can be difficult to identify upcoming risks, this article discusses prioritizing three specific areas based on emerging… Read more »

Here’s What You Need to Know About President Trump Proposed Massive Tax Cut

President Trump has made tax reform one of his main priorities, and he is proposing a massive tax cut. This article details what changes are being proposed. In response to this article, our Chairman & CEO, Brent Longnecker, stated,  “This is important to know – especially the AMT that effects ISOs and the Corporate rate…. Read more »