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May 29, 2020

Farient CEO Pay Ratio Tracker Update – May 29, 2020

Welcome to the tenth and final installment of Farient’s Pay Ratio TrackerTM update for 2020. For the past several weeks, we have focused our research on companies with the highest and lowest CEO-to-median-employee pay ratios. As summer looms and proxy season winds down, we take a trip down “memory lane” to review overall trends in the pay ratio over the first five months of the year.

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May 18, 2020

Los Angeles Times – CEOs cut millions of jobs amid coronavirus yet keep their lofty bonuses

So far, top executives of many major U.S. corporations — including some at the very epicenter of the crisis — have mostly held on to their outsize pay packages after giving up some of their salaries.

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May 18, 2020

Financial Times – Coronavirus puts top executives’ pay in the spotlight

Many companies had already awarded shares and bonuses to executives in January and February, before the pandemic set in.

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May 15, 2020

Agenda – Boards Face ‘Real Distaste’ on Pay Discretion

Performance goals set early this year by the boards of calendar-year companies may be largely irrelevant since the Covid-19 pandemic set the stock market spiraling and companies scrambling. As a result, boards may find it difficult to motivate and retain some executives, compensation consultants and attorneys warn.

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May 15, 2020

Life Annuity Specialist – Ameriprise CEO Took Home Sweetest Pay Package Last Year

Ameriprise Financial CEO James Cracchiolo, who helped push the company further into more profitable life and annuity products last year, was rewarded as the industry’s top-earning CEO, according to proxy filings. Cracchiolo’s compensation was $24.5 million in 2019, down almost 5%. The company’s share price surged almost 60% over that period, about twice as much as the S&P 500 Index.

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