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December 19, 2017

Agenda – GE to Overhaul Pay as Part of Turnaround Plan

By Melissa J. Anderson December 11, 2017

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December 1, 2017

Gender Diversity on Boards: Reaching Gender Parity


If you’ve been following Farient’s series of Briefs regarding gender diversity on boards, we think you will agree we have highlighted some interesting facts. First, the representation of women board members varies significantly among industries. Second, although the percentage of women directors on public company boards is increasing, our most recent Brief shows that this has been accomplished primarily through newly added board seats versus replacing men who hold current seats. The question is why are companies adding board seats rather using vacated seats to increase board diversity? This Brief focuses on some of the reasons companies are using this approach to gender diversity on boards rather than replacing existing board members.

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November 15, 2017

The CEO Pay Ratio Checklist

Despite the CEO Pay Ratio being on the chopping block since the beginning of 2017, the reality is that it is here to stay for the near future. This means boards of directors, human resources (HR) groups and management teams need to be ready to include it in their 2018 Compensation, Discussion and Analysis.

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October 20, 2017

What is Driving Gender Diversity on Boards?

As discussed in our last Farient Brief, the percentage of women directors in the S&P 500 has climbed from 16.9 percent in 2010 to 22.2 percent at the end of fiscal year 2016. Unlike initiatives in European countries where quotas have been legislated, in these U.S. companies change has been driven by pressure by investors and organizations, like 2020 Women on Boards, 30% ClubWomen Corporate Directors and Catalyst Inc, to name only a few. What dynamics underlie this change? Is the increase a result of men being replaced or new board seats being created?

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October 16, 2017

Corporate Governance a Sticky Wicket – FierceCEO

By Karen Talley

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