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Specialized Executive Compensation

Catch up on special compensation topics, including employment agreements & sign-on packages, talent management, change in control provisions, considerations for mergers and acquisitions, and industry specific compensation trends.

How to Successfully Navigate the Changing Landscape of Equity Authorizations

The path to requesting additional shares from shareholders for equity incentive plans has been well defined, and with a success rate over 99%, companies are clearly very comfortable navigating that path. However, the landscape is changing and companies now have a longer list of items to consider in order to ensure a successful share authorization. Read more

Structure Pay Practices to Develop C-Suite Talent

To avoid sub-optimizing the performance of a talent-development system, boards need to assure the systems are built from the ground up with pay in mind. If compensation programs reward, motivate, and retain top performers as they move up, sideways, and take on special projects, the highest performing and the highest potential people will remain committed to the organization and become a competitive advantage. Read the full article, "Structure Pay Practices to Develop C-Suite Talent" written by Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones, in NACD Directorship. Read more

Key Considerations for Comp in M&A

Many companies are again pursuing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) after several years of a relatively quiet market. A key element of making a merger or acquisition work is getting the compensation program right. Pay related to M&A generally has two stages: developing compensation for key employees in both the acquired company and the acquirer leading up to the deal and developing ongoing programs after the deal closes. Read more

Pay Practices For Developing C-Suite Talent

In the best-run companies, CEOs and directors take considerable care in developing high-potential leaders. The best-run companies also make sure that compensation decisions and other rewards support leadership development efforts. To avoid sub-optimizing the performance of a talent-development system, companies need to build their systems from the ground up with pay and other non-financial rewards in mind. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones. Read more

Advancing the Dialogue: CEO Sign-On Packages: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much?

One of the most important – and highly publicized – decisions a Board makes is identifying and hiring the company’s CEO. Given the critical nature of this decision, Boards often make major investments in signing packages for new CEO. This article analyzes CEO sign-on packages, their impacts on stock price and Say on Pay voting, and key principles for designing an optimal deal. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Greg Arnold, Ross Brondfield and Julie Archer. Read more

CEO Sign-On Practices, Risks

One of the most important decisions a board makes is identifying and hiring the company’s CEO. Given the critical nature of this decision, boards often make major investments in signing packages for new CEOs. These signing packages serve multiple purposes: helping secure new talent to run the company, providing “staking” grants to align the new CEO with shareholders, and, in some cases, buying out existing equity packages. This article by Greg Arnold originally appeared in NACD Directorship. Read more