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February 13, 2017 – FCPA Blog – Revisiting EpiPen: Steep incentive thresholds are corporate disasters waiting to happen

Marc Hodak, partner at Farient Advisors, explains how steep incentive thresholds were behind the Epipen scandal and how companies can learn from Mylan’s mistake.

January 30 – FCPA Blog – How perverse incentives cause companies to abandon controls 

In this article, Mark Hodak, partner at Farient Advisors, looks at whether companies can contain the excesses of their incentive programs with controls.

January 26 – FCPA Blog – Wells Fargo: How reasonable pay plans morphed into perverse incentives

Marc Hodak, partner at Farient Advisors, examines how Wells Fargo created a pressure cooker through pay plans that resulted in unethical and illegal behavior.

January/February Issue – NACD Directorship – Taking Off the JOBS Act Training Wheels

Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses how the Jobs Act is impacting new public companies and what you need to do to prepare.

December 22, 2016 – Council of Institutional Investors – Study Tracks Growing Norms in Governance Practices Worldwide

Farient Advisors, in conjunction with its partners in the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network (GECN), conducted a survey covering 17 countries across six continents to gather insights into corporate governance practices and trends.

December 19, 2016 – Agenda – Has the Use of Relative TSR in Long-Term Comp Plans Peaked?

John Trentacoste, managing director of Farient Advisors, discusses whether TSR should be used as a metric in executive pay plans in 2017.

December 19, 2016 – Agenda – Say-On-Pay Frequency Vote Looms

Stemming from Agenda’s fourth-quarter Directors’ and Officers’ Outlook Survey, respondents say their boards are considering a shift to triennial say-on-pay voting. John Trentacoste, managing director of Farient Advisors, provides insight on this shift.

December 13, 2016 – Compliance Week – Slowly but Surely, Global Governance Practices Are Converging 

John Trentacoste, managing director of Farient Advisors, discusses the growing trend around improved governance practices. In a new report by Farient Advisors, studies show governance practices converging around the world.

December 1, 2016 – Forbes – Three Drivers of Global Corporate Governance You Can’t Ignore

As part of her Executive Pay Watch column, Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses the three drivers of corporate governance that executives and board members can’t ignore in 2017.

November 30, 2016 – Pensions & Investments – Corporate Governance Growing Globally, Report Says

John Trentacoste, managing director at Farient Advisors, discusses a new global report from the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network and Farient Advisors on intensifying corporate governance practices around the world.

November 29, 2016 – Bloomberg – Don’t Be Surprised When Activision Blizzard CEO Does a Big Deal

Activision Blizzard Inc. is giving CEO Robert Kotick major financially driven incentives, despite increasing investor scrutiny. John Trentacoste, a director of Farient Advisors, comments on why incentives are tied to performance, even though they’re much more rare.

October 7, 2016 – SHRM – Preparing Employees for CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures

Public companies in the U.S. will be required to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to median employee pay in their 2018 proxy statements. John Trentacoste, a director of Farient Advisors, advises how companies should represent this information to the employees.

September 30, 2016 – Bloomberg – Taking on Viacom Could Mean Even Fatter Paycheck for CBS Chief

John Trentacoste, managing director at Farient Advisors, discusses how the potential merger between CBS corp. and Viacom Inc. can impact executive compensation at the companies.

September 22, 2016 – Bloomberg – Mylan’s Pay for CEO Bresch Grates on Lawmakers, Many Investors

Mylan NV faces intense scrutiny from lawmakers after the company raised the price of its EpiPen allergy shot. Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, comments on CEO Heather Bresch’s Say on Pay record and how it reflects on governance.

September/October – NACD Directorship – Compensating Directors for Unusual or Extraordinary Service

Does remuneration need to be rethought when circumstances require extraordinary service commitments? This is a question Dayna Harris, vice president of Farient Advisors, explores in this article in NACD Directorship.

July/August 2016 – NACD Directorship – Planning Above and Beyond Pay Ratio Disclosure

The bedrock of executive compensation theory is shifting as proposed elements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are completed. At NACD’s Leading Minds of Compensation event, John Trentacoste, managing director of Farient Advisors, discusses non-financial metrics and succession planning in light of these regulatory changes.

June 28, 2016 – Forbes – Putting The Long-Term Back Into Long-Term Incentives

As part of her Executive Pay Watch column, Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses the use of post-vesting holding periods in compensation packages to balance incentive with shareholder alignment.

May 20, 2016 – Agenda – Oracle Co-CEO Was Highest-Paid Female Exec

Eric Hoffmann, vice president of information services at Farient Advisors, discusses female executive pay.

May 18, 2016 – CBS MoneyWatch – Female CEOs are few, but they outearn male bosses

John Trentacoste, managing director at Farient Advisors, discusses female executive pay at blue-chip companies including IBM and HP.

May 16, 2016 – Bloomberg – Oracle’s Catz Becomes Top-Paid Female Executive With $57 Million

Eric Hoffmann, vice president of information services at Farient Advisors, discusses female executive pay in relation to their male peers.

May 9, 2016 – Washington Post – The median female CEO actually out-earned her male peer in 2015

Women at the 100 largest of those companies earned an average of $22.7 million, compared to $14.9 million for the men. Eric Hoffman, vice president of information services at Farient Advisors, discussed the finding and possible explanations.

May 8, 2016 – The Wall Street Journal -Disney Could Face Costly Search for Successor

Finding a new executive may prove complicated and costly task for Walt Disney. Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses executive pay plans designed to provide assurances that the executive will be moved up to chief executive officer in a given time period.
Investors want mutual funds to get tougher on CEO pay – Reuters/Ipsos poll

April 27, 2016 – Reuters – Investors want mutual funds to get tougher on CEO pay

Last year, the five largest money managers cast their advisory “say on pay” votes in support of senior executives 96 percent of the time or more at S&P 500 firms. Farient discusses these findings.

April 22, 2016 – Bloomberg – JPMorgan, BofA Face Tougher Pay Rules Under U.S. Proposal

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and the other four largest U.S. banks would face tougher limits under a new set of proposed U.S. rules. John Trentacoste, director at Farient Advisors, discusses the possible implications of the rule.

April 21, 2016 – Washington Post – Regulators introduce new rules to curb Wall Street pay

John Trentacoste, director at Farient Advisors discusses proposed regulation designed to curb Wall Street executive pay.

April 18, 2016 – Agenda – Use of Total Shareholder Return Evolving, Comp Consultants Say

Companies are increasingly using total shareholder return (TSR) as a metric for measuring CEO performance. Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discussed how compensation committees are being urged to determine if the way TSR is being applied is having the desired effect.

Mach 11, 2016 – Compensation BLR – Looking ahead: Executive comp in 2016

John Trentacoste, director at Farient Advisors, discusses what the hot topics for executive compensation will be in 2016. John and BLR talk about shareholder engagement, proxies, goal setting, and governance.

March 7, 2016 – Forbes -Pay For Performance Alignment: Total Shareholder Value Vs. Economic Value Added

Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, interviews Bennett Stewart, founder of EVA Dimensions, about total shareholder return (TSR), economic value added (EVA), and other value-driving performance metrics to better understand the trade-offs among them.

March 2, 2016 – Corporate Secretary -Motivating your executives: which incentives work best?

Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, describes shift to using performance share units to incentivize executives instead of stock options. She estimates that 70 percent of the top 1,800 public companies in the US today have performance share plans, up from 65 percent in 2012.

February 29, 2016 – Agenda – Poor Performers Provide Comp Takeaways

The downturn affecting stock prices is affording boards an opportunity to determine whether their performance-based executive compensation plans are truly aligned with shareholder interests. Dayna Harris, Vice President of Farient, reflects on the use of TSR in performance plans.

February 22, 2016 – Agenda –  Negative TSR Prompts Hard Look at Exec Pay

Compensation committees are reviewing their pay strategies amid falling stock prices. In an interview with Agenda, Farient Vice President Dayna Harris discusses whether TSR is an appropriate metric.

February 19, 2016 – Bloomberg BNA – How Companies Can Prepare for the SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure

On Aug. 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the pay ratio rule, requiring companies to disclose the ratio of the compensation of their chief executive officer to the median compensation of employees. Farient Manager, Thomas Lee, describes the process by which companies can comply with the rule.


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