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Board Related Governance & Board Compensation

Find coverage of the latest news and strategies in board related governance, including company risk assessments, clawback policies and other common pay governance policies. Also find the latest on board compensation, including discussions of director pay magnitude and payment mechanisms.

Aiming For Best-in-Class Decision Making

Best-in-class decision-making is what every compensation committee wants. How do committee members move themselves from feeling overwhelmed by the tactical to making the tactical seem routine? This article by Barry Sullivan explores specific processes compensation committees can utilize to foster best-in-class decision-making. Read more

Maximizing Your Comp Risk Assessment

Companies that have not completed a sufficiently well-rounded assessment may find themselves exposed if they disclose that their compensation programs do not incur undue risk and cannot back up that claim. Read the entire article written by Mark Emanuel and Blair Jones. Read more

A Cautionary Tale for New Compensation Committee Members

New directors bring fresh perspectives that contribute to a healthy discussion of all aspects of a business, including compensation, and often challenge the status quo (a notion which can be both good and bad). However, where compensation is concerned, directors would be well advised to look before they leap. This article provides a cautionary tale for companies with well-intentioned directors who may not appreciate that the changes they desire may be more suited to cultures they had known in the past. Read more

Board Pay Trends

Semler Brossy Consulting Group Managing Principal Blair N. Jones analyzes emerging director pay trends. Read more

Four Principles Guiding Discretion

All businesses are inherently uncertain, which complicates business planning and makes target-setting and year-end decision-making for incentives a challenging endeavor. In these times of volatile national and global markets, the calls for adjustments to formulaic awards are becoming increasingly pervasive. Add to these market factor a variety of unforeseen events both man-made: the political gridlock in Washington and the resulting fiscal cliff, sequestration etc. and natural: the devastating and disrupting effects on businesses of Super Storm Sandy last year and the Mississippi flooding the year before — and the challenges facing compensation committees with respect to the application of discretion are truly daunting. Read more

Comp Committee Conversations

Semler Brossy’s Blair Jones and Broadridge Financial Director Stuart Levine discuss the conversations compensation committees should be having to establish optimum remuneration plans. Read more