April 9, 2015

Farient Advisors Increases Global Reach as Founding Member of Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network

New York, N.Y., April 9, 2015Farient Advisors, a leading independent executive compensation and performance consulting firm, announced today the launch of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network (GECN), with Farient as the founding member representing the United States.

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January 21, 2015

Three Predictions for Proxy Season 2015

Forecasting the future is often a tenuous endeavor.  However, as we head into the 2015 proxy season, it’s crucial for corporations to anticipate investor reaction to any changes that may impact shareholder value or garner the unwanted attention of activist investors.  More specifically, what will be the trends and hot governance topics that will make headlines this year?

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December 21, 2014

Will Target’s New CEO Bring Holiday Cheer for Shareholders?

Target’s aggressive bid to boost profits with its earliest ever Black Friday sale – starting Thanksgiving Day – is one more signal of the retailer’s holiday wish to redeem itself this season.  And it has good reason for needing a reboot.  Target’s growth stumbled as its push into Canada fell below expectations, and its food and grocery unit continues to struggle.  Customer traffic at U.S. stores has declined over the past two years.  Meanwhile, Target recently marked the one-year anniversary of its data breach which compromised 40 million credit and debit cards.  The breach and resulting public outcry during the critical 2013 Christmas shopping period was a tipping point – Target ousted then CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, and hired outsider, Brian Cornell, to redirect the company.

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December 7, 2014

Why Human Resources Executives Can Be The Stewards Of Compensation

A Q&A with DHR International and Farient Advisors

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August 28, 2014

Peer Group Impact: How Netflix Mixed Retail and Content to Become a Media Darling

Looking at Netflix by the numbers is impressive. This summer, the streaming video service reached the 50-million subscriber mark, reporting more than 1.3 billion in second-quarter revenue. That’s up nearly 40 percent from the same period last year, garnering tremendous attention from the business press. It’s clear that Netflix has arrived. Behind the scenes, the company has quietly restructured its peer group and its CEO compensation to reflect its new business strategy and success.

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