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The Daily Mail – GameStop CEO, who oversaw falling sales and losses of $700M, leaves with $170M payout thanks to Redditors who boosted company value

The outgoing Gamestop CEO is leaving the company after just two years with a $170million pay out thanks to Redditers who boosted the retailer’s value.  George Sherman will step down as chief executive officer at the end of July following a tenure marked by falling sales and losses of $700…

Read More > 04.29.2021

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Reuters – Wells Fargo scores the latest narrow win for CEO pay

Wells Fargo & Co’s (WFC.N) executive pay plan for 2020 received backing from only about 57% of investor votes on Tuesday, a narrow win for the company and the latest evidence of tougher scrutiny shareholders have put on CEO compensation this year. In Reuters’s article, “Wells Fargo scores…

Read More > 04.29.2021

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Reuters – How a sweetheart deal gives GameStop CEO a $179 million goodbye gift

Gamestop Corp chief executive George Sherman can step down this summer with a $179 million windfall that dwarfs CEO salaries at many larger corporations thanks to a sweetheart deal that was turbocharged by this year’s furious meme stock rally, compensation experts said. GameStop said on Monday that Sherman would step…

Read More > 04.29.2021

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Pensions and Investments – Move to link exec pay to ESG integration growing

Now in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors are raising expectations about companies’ responses to highlighted ESG issues such as diversity and, increasingly, connecting that to executive compensation. Robin Ferracone is CEO of Farient Advisors LLC in Pasadena, Calif., an executive compensation and corporate governance consulting firm that…

Read More > 04.29.2021


April 2021: In the Year of The Stakeholder: Where Does Board Oversight Begin?

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Read More > 04.27.2021

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Agenda – ESG Metrics ‘Biggest Change to Comp Plans in Decades’

Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of several companies to introduce new environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals tied to top officers’ annual incentive compensation in the lead-up to this proxy season. At Chipotle, ESG goals relate to food and animals, people and the environment and will account for…

Read More > 04.12.2021

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Agenda – Pay Ratios Poised for More Scrutiny This Proxy Season

So far, median pay ratios at early-filing companies in the S&P 500 vary by industry, according to data from Farient Advisors. While the majority of companies have yet to file 2020 proxies, the materials sector and the consumer discretionary sectors have so far seen the biggest increases in pay…

Read More > 04.09.2021

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Corporate Secretary – Trying to tie executive compensation to ESG

If certain ESG metrics have a material impact on a business’ performance – which is widely accepted – then it follows that investors, regulators and proxy advisers will likely seek assurances that executives are incentivized to meet expectations. In a feature for the Spring issue of Corporate…

Read More > 04.02.2021


Board Oversight of Stakeholder Strategies

By: RJ Bannister, Partner, Farient Advisors Companies around the world are including “stakeholder” considerations in their strategy and culture. Today’s stakeholders expand beyond investors, and regulators, and include customer and community interests, suppliers and employees. As stakeholder prominence becomes commonplace, every company should consider two fundamental questions: (1) what is…

Read More > 03.30.2021


March 2021: Getting Your Board Ready for Systemic Risk in the Year of the Stakeholder

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Read More > 03.27.2021

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NACD Board Talk: Compensation Experts Exchange Insights on ESG, Planning Amid Turbulence

Each February, board compensation committees typically evaluate the prior year’s business performance and individual executive contributions. Up for review are whether or not targets were hit and how executive compensation compares to peers. What better time to bring together a group of compensation experts to discuss the latest trends in the pay arena?

Read More > 03.09.2021

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Agenda: Climate-Linked Incentive Metrics Expected to Heat Up

Companies and boards are increasingly interested in sustainability issues, since they are closely linked to their future financial success, says Eric Hoffmann, Farient Advisors’ vice president of information services and technology solutions. Moreover, states are beginning to pass laws restricting greenhouse gas emissions that will take hold in the not-too-distant future. “Companies are having to react to that,” he says.

Read More > 03.08.2021

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