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October 9, 2018

Director Pay: A Close Look at the Trends

Executive pay gets plenty of attention in the press and from shareholders. Whether it’s the top 10 pay disclosures of the year or the latest severance package of a big company CEO, the story is sure to garner headlines. As if CEO pay isn’t enough, director pay is now starting to grab the attention of investors as well. In this Farient brief, we take a closer look at the trends of director pay and where it might be heading in the future.

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October 4, 2018

NACD Directorship – Dare to Be Different: Strategic Compensation Plan Design

By Robin Ferracone

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September 19, 2018

CFO – SEC Move Could Lessen Proxy Advisers’ Influence

By David McCann

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September 19, 2018

Farient Alert: SEC Rescinds Guidance Providing Regulatory Support for Using Proxy Advisors

On Thursday, the SEC rescinded two guidance letters from 2004 that will potentially reduce the influence that ISS has on, among other things, Say-on-Pay votes.

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September 18, 2018

Board Diversity Legislation: What You Need to Know

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Diversity on corporate boards continues to be a pressing topic. According to research from Catalyst, Women on Boards 2020 and a recent study from McKinsey, gender diverse boards are 21 percent more likely to experience above-average performance. This, in turn, continues to push investors to demand that companies diversify their boards. Within the past year, BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard have changed their voting guidelines and will withhold votes for sitting directors at companies that do not have women on their boards. The hurdle is expected to rise in 2020 when these investors expect at least two female directors to be present on every board. Some states are even pushing board diversity legislation for public companies.

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