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Directorship Magazine: The Most Important Dimension of Alignment- Why Share Ownership Matters as Much as Pay

If you look up Sheldon Adelson’s pay in the Las Vegas Sands Corp. proxy statement, you would see that he makes about $25 million per year as chair and CEO. About half of that sum is nominally at risk in his incentive plan. Today’s S&P 500 CEOs typically have about 80 percent to 90 percent of their annual pay at risk. So, Adelson’s pay appears to be only modestly aligned with his performance. And yet he sees his personal net worth from company shares fluctuating on average by more than $1 billion per week.

Read More > 09.16.2020


Leading Minds of Compensation – Robin Ferracone on Dodd-Frank

Dodd-Frank is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being signed into law. Robin Ferracone, founder and CEO of Farient Advisors, sat down with Chris Clark of the NACD Directorship to discuss what the legislation has accomplished, what it hasn't yet achieved, and how it impacts executive compensation.

Read More > 09.08.2020

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Agenda: Time to Update Plans?

The pandemic has left companies with an array of business challenges to contend with, and compensation committees continue to discuss how to keep executive pay practices competitive while addressing issues impacting the greater workforce.

Read More > 09.08.2020

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Washington Post — Average CEO Earnings Soared to $21.3M, Could Rise Again in 2020 Despite the Coronavirus Recession

Average CEO earnings soared to $21.3 million last year and could rise again in 2020 despite the coronavirus recession.

Read More > 09.08.2020


August 2020: Introducing Our Newest Partner, RJ Bannister

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Read More > 08.27.2020

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RJ Bannister Named Partner and COO at Farient Advisors

Farient Advisors, a leading independent executive compensation and performance advisory firm, today announced the appointment of RJ Bannister as partner and COO, effective August 1, 2020.

Read More > 08.14.2020

In the News

New York Times – Kodak CEO’s Fortune Swells $79 Million as Stocks Rally on U.S. Government Loan

Eastman Kodak Co CEO Jim Continenza added $79 million to his net worth on Wednesday when his options in the imaging company turned from worthless to lucrative thanks to a U.S. government loan for a pharmaceutical ingredients supply deal that super-charged the value of his shares.

Read More > 07.30.2020


July 2020: Farient Update: Ten Years of Dodd Frank…What’s Next?

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Read More > 07.27.2020

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Reuters: Novavax executives could get big payday even if vaccine fails

Even before the stock options were awarded in April, Erck was well positioned to capitalize on the rally in Novavax shares. Erck, who has been CEO since 2011, holds options and other awards totaling roughly $64 million, with $25 million that can be cashed out now, according to an analysis by pay consultant Farient Advisors.

Read More > 07.22.2020

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IR Magazine – Rise in management discussion of racism at investor-facing events

In 2019, 59 companies from the S&P 500 mentioned diversity and/or inclusion in their executive compensation plans, according to analysis from Farient Advisors. When these terms were mentioned, they were often metrics for short-term incentives and bundled with other measures.

Read More > 07.22.2020


June 2020: ESG, Covid-19, Diversity and Comp & Gov Strategy

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Read More > 06.27.2020

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Financial Times – Executives incentivised to prioritise diversity

We know from experience that executives prioritise what they are paid to prioritise, so anyone wondering whether they will live up to their recent promises on taking diversity more seriously should look at the compensation section of companies’ annual reports.

Read More > 06.26.2020

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