Through its research, blogs, and commentary, Farient is driving the conversation on executive compensation and governance issues.

September 12, 2019

NACD Directorship – Reinventing Compensation in Transformative Times

With the onslaught of technological, workforce, economic, and other disruptive forces, no company can afford to be complacent with respect to its executive compensation plans. However, investors take a dim view of perennial changes to executive compensation, citing complexity as a pet peeve.

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September 6, 2019

Bloomberg Law – Equifax Hack Aftermath Shines Light on Boards’ Cyber Oversight

Equifax Inc.’s hack shows pressure on corporate boards to step up cyber risk oversight. Its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, announced July 22, requires the credit rating company to pay up to $700 million, conduct annual assessments of security risks, and have the board annually issue compliance certifications.

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August 26, 2019

The Wall Street Journal – The New Pay Gap: What Firms Report Paying CEOs Versus What They Take Home

The Wall Street Journal compared what S&P 500 companies reported paying their CEOs over three years with a measure of what that pay was worth at the end of the period, called realizable pay, using data from ISS Analytics, the data intelligence arm of proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services. On average, the value of the pay at the end of the period was 16% higher than originally disclosed. Pay rose at three out of five companies. And at a third of companies, pay rose by more than 25%.

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August 23, 2019

Agenda – Getting at the ‘Root’ of Rising Say-on-Pay Opposition

More companies are seeing say-on-pay results dip into the 50% to 90% range as opposition to executive compensation continues to grow, data shows. Accordingly, compensation com­mittees are increasingly engaging with shareholders one-on-one about their concerns as their voting policies take a more crafted, hardline approach, sources say.

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August 23, 2019

Korn Ferry Institute – The $1 CEO: Worth It, Not Worth It?

While the average base salary for CEOs of large US companies keeps rising each decade, more than a dozen head honchos of Fortune 1000 firms in that time have basically taken a pass on an annual salary, usually preferring instead to ride up the value of the stock they picked up as the founder-CEO of their company.

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