Agenda – Not a Blip – Investors Continue to Downvote Pay Plans

March 14, 2022

Early say-on-pay votes for this year show investors are continuing to be critical of executive compensation packages at S&P 500 companies. Investors want companies to engage with them and consider their concerns about pay and performance alignment, said experts.

In the first two months of the year, about a quarter of the say-on-pay votes at S&P 500 companies came in at or below 80%, and a sliver were below 50%, according to data from Farient Advisors. Average say-on-pay support ticked down at S&P 500 companies last year, compared with 2020, as previously reported by Agenda.

Now, as proxy season is about to come into full swing, rumblings from investors and proxy advisors suggest companies may be in for another rough referendum over their executive pay choices, according to experts such as Eric Hoffmann, vice president of information services at Farient Advisors in Agenda’s, “Not a Blip – Investors Continue to Downvote Pay Plans”

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About Eric Hoffmann

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Leader, Information Services

Louisville, Kentucky
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Eric leads Farient’s data strategy, operational capabilities, partnerships, research, and client insights. With more than 20 years of human resource technology and data analytics experience, Eric’s work at Farient focuses on creating and delivering information and decision support to boards of directors, human resource professionals, and investors. Combining data analytics and visualization, Eric and his team create compelling narratives that lead to business insight and defensible decisions for his clients. Eric has extensive experience in executive compensation and performance. From March 2005 to January 2011, he was the Technology Solutions Delivery Leader and a partner at Mercer. In support of Mercer’s compensation and benefits data and analytics business, Eric and his global, cross-disciplinary team delivered leading-edge SaaS-based client-facing and operationally driven data analytics solutions. Before that, Eric was a principal at Mercer, where he led a software development team. Eric holds a BS in computer science and mathematics from Purdue University and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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