Posts Tagged ‘executive compensation’

Calculating the Pay Ratio Rule

A new study shows that CEOs still make gobs more money than the rest of us mere mortals, although Corporate America uses a variety of approaches to demonstrate that point. ClearBridge Compensation Group analyzed 100 companies in the S&P 500 to see how they complied with the CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule. That’s the requirement…

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SEC Talks Culture, Kinda Misses Key Point

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has been talking up the importance of corporate culture lately, including two speeches already this week that touch on the subject. Corporate compliance officers trying to glean insights about what to tell your own boards about culture may want to take a closer look — especially to understand a crucial…

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More Thoughts on the Misconduct Penalty

My previous post about the salary penalty for people who have “tainted” companies on their resume has generated quite a bit of attention, and rightly so. That penalty — a haircut of 4 to 10 percent off the salary of your next job — says a lot about how people instinctively respond to perceptions of…

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The Salary Penalty for Misconduct

Here’s yet another way to convince senior executives and other colleagues that a strong compliance program matters: misconduct at the company can trim the salary offer those people might get at their next job — by 4.6 percent or more, apparently. So says a fascinating paper from Harvard Business School, where two professors examined a…

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Compliance Lessons in Cardinal Governance Fight

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We have an update to that corporate governance drama at Cardinal Health, where the Teamsters were trying to strip the CEO of his role as board chairman, and cited excessive pay to the company’s chief compliance officer as evidence of poor leadership. Their campaign worked. Granted, their shareholder proposal failed to win a majority at…

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Teamsters Blast Cardinal Health Compliance Efforts

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The Teamsters’ Union is pressuring Cardinal Health to separate the CEO and board chairman  roles at the company—and cites large bonus pay to Cardinal’s top compliance officer as one sign of misgovernance. The Teamsters made their campaign public last week, with a letter to Cardinal investors urging them to support a shareholder proposal for an…

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Risky Talk: Compliance Officers and CEO Pay

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Should the chief compliance officer have a role in setting executive pay? That was a big question asked at the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics annual conference this week. You couldn’t escape the subject. More than 1,700 compliance professionals had gathered to talk about good corporate conduct, and we had examples of bad corporate conduct…

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Another Governance Problem Mylan Calls Out

For corporate governance and compliance thinkers, Mylan Labs is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this week we looked at the compensation incentives Mylan designed for senior executives—incentives that drove them to raise the price of EpiPens to punishing levels for consumers. Let’s keep pulling on that thread. It leads to some excellent questions…

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EpiPen Fiasco Shows Corporate America Like It Is

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Start with this fact fixed in your mind before we begin talking about Mylan Labs and its EpiPen: a company’s stock price is determined by its future earnings growth. You can look up how corporate finance theorists reached that conclusion if you want. For our purposes here—which are to examine how Mylan landed in such…

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The Clash in Compensation and Culture Nobody Mentions

Credit goes to Credit Suisse today for giving us our latest example of real, practical challenges in corporate culture and conduct. Credit Suisse is one of our frequent fliers on this blog. I last wrote about the bank in March, when CEO Tidjame Thiam announced more layoffs and asset write-downs after discovered that employees had…

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