Tag: executive compensation

House passes Financial Choice Act of 2017. What now?

by Cydney Posner The Financial Choice Act of 2017 has been passed by the House (almost surreptitiously, given the unwavering focus on the Senate hearing today). According to the WSJ, the House vote was 233 to 186.  The bill, sponsored by Jeb Hensarling, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, […]

New revenue recognition standard— don’t ignore the impact on compensation

by Cydney Posner At the recent Bloomberg BNA Conference on Revenue Recognition,  a Deloitte partner observed that, to the extent that, in awarding compensation, companies use metrics that are keyed to revenue, the new revenue recognition standard could affect compensation or bonus plans because the ways of measuring and the […]

BlackRock sets its priorities for board engagement

by Cydney Posner Asset management firm BlackRock (reportedly the largest, with $5.1 trillion under management) has identified its “Investment Stewardship” priorities for 2017-2018, intended to help companies prepare for engaging with BlackRock. Among the hot topics are governance (including board composition and diversity), corporate strategy for long-term value creation in […]

ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies

by Cydney Posner If you haven’t already, please check out our recent Cooley Alert, ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies.  It’s a great way to start the new year and a lot more fun than a diet!

Hitting populist note, U.K. proposes enhancements to corporate governance — will the new U.S. administration follow the populist playbook?

by Cydney Posner One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory.  Why then, when it comes to regulation of corporate conduct, do the two […]

It’s back to square one: pay CEOs with short-term incentives?

by Cydney Posner How to structure executive pay to drive performance over the long term—while avoiding pay levels that would be considered excessive—is a conundrum for compensation committees, consultants, proxy advisory firms and others involved in setting or analyzing executive compensation. And the analysis has only become more complex since […]

Is it a mistake to insist that CEO pay be performance-based?

by Cydney Posner It goes without saying that, to many, the sine qua non of executive compensation is performance-based pay.  From proxy advisory firms to institutional holders to the drafters of Dodd-Frank, the question of whether CEO compensation is aligned with performance is a key measure of whether compensation is […]