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Compensation Committee Issues in 2019: From Discretion to Down Cycles

From Boardroom Resources...In this episode, Partner Annette Leckie discusses the impact of the latest tax reform on executive incentives.

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When the latest tax reform was introduced, companies immediately began calculating what it meant for their business. Compensation committees and their outside consultants went through a similar process to identify new rules that may affect how they structure executive compensation…

In What Circumstances do Special Equity Grants Make Sense?

As executive compensation consultants, we often receive questions from Compensation Committee members regarding the possibility of “one-time” equity grants for senior executives. There are various important considerations when contemplating such awards.

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Based on our experience, it is important to understand the many inputs and ensure the Committee is making informed decisions with “eyes wide open” to avoid surprises. Awards should focus on specific intended objectives. From time to time, Compensation Committees…

Trends in Compensation: Committee Chairs & Lead Directors

From Boardroom Resources...In this episode, Bob Romanchek discusses current trends in director compensation.

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Compensation trends for lead directors and committee chairs have been interesting to follow in the years after Sarbanes-Oxley. Audit committee chairs were the first to be rewarded with higher pay; compensation committee chairs quickly followed suit as issues like Say…

Pay Trends in the Financial Services Industry

Reprinted from the July/August 2018 issue of NACD Directorship magazine

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The financial crisis and recession may be history, but the impact these events have had on the financial services industry remains. Meridian Compensation Partners LLC, a consulting firm that serves clients on executive compensation and governance matters, has a dedicated…

Long-Term Incentives: Compensation Committee Challenges

Inside America’s Boardrooms is a weekly web show that features board members and governance experts with varying perspectives and board committee experience hosted by TK Kerstetter.

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While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has brought some positives to the economy and certainly to select individuals, it has also brought some challenges to compensation committees as they try to figure out the correct balance for long-term incentives…

Vesting Doesn’t Make Sense

From Corporate Board Member - "Board Governance Series," Second Quarter 2018

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It usually perks up the ears of most corporate directors when you say “board compensation.” What’s happened recently in this area, particularly with equity grants? If you take a step back, outside director compensation has generally been in a pretty…

Five “Must Know” Aspects of the Compensation Committee Process

From Inside America's Boardrooms - The Premier Board of Directors Informational Webshow, hosted by TK Kerstetter

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Episode Summary Serving on the compensation committee has become a formidable challenge for most directors regardless of one’s background or career. Not only do compensation committees have to navigate a host of regulations and complex terminology, but over the last…

Bob Romanchek on Inside America’s Boardrooms

In this episode, Bob Romanchek outlines five critical steps or subject-matter issues that all committee members should know if they are joining or serving on a public company’s compensation committee.

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Serving on the compensation committee has become a formidable challenge for most directors regardless of one’s background or career. Not only do compensation committees have to navigate a host of regulations and complex terminology, but over the last several years,…

Best Practices for Restructuring Your Incentive Pay Plan

Watch Meridian Partner Marc Ullman on TK Kerstetter's Inside America's Boardrooms.

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In this episode, Partner Marc Ullman joins host TK Kerstetter to discuss best practices for rethinking the incentive pay structure. With the goal of aligning pay and performance, Ullman outlines eight DOs and DON’Ts for today’s compensation committees. In addition…

Compensation Committee Best Practices: Pay Increases & Goal-Setting

Watch Meridian Partner Matthew Isakson on TK Kerstetter's Inside America's Boardrooms.

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Meridian Partner Matthew Isakson joins TK Kerstetter, host of Inside America’s Boardrooms, to discuss “Compensation Committee Best Practices: Pay Increases & Goal-Setting.” Get more insight into compensation committee goal setting from Matt Isakson and Boardroom Resources here: “4 Guiding Perspectives…

Bank Compensation and Governance in the New Era

Banks are often under greater regulatory scrutiny than companies in other sectors, and that trend is likely to continue.

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New compensation and governance standards are impacting boards of directors in all industries, but even more so in banking, which has more regulatory requirements and is under greater scrutiny. The recent Wells Fargo & Co. $185 million settlement over alleged…

Best Practices for Transitioning the Compensation Committee Chair

Partner Michael Brittian shares his thoughts with Boardroom Resources.

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This blog is Part 2 in a Boardroom Resources series on compensation committees chairs. We identify the steps necessary for a smooth transition and outline action items for key players. In Part 1, we discussed how the role of the…

Why Tenure is Important for Today’s Compensation Committee Chair

Partner Michael Brittian talks tenure with Boardroom Resources.

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This blog is Part 1 in a Boardroom Resources series on compensation committee chairs. We discuss why rotating your compensation chair too quickly could impact your committee’s effectiveness. Read Part 2 here. Compensation committees face a tall order in today’s…

Fundamentals of Compensation Committee Governance

Covering the four key categories companies should be aware of: planning, due consideration, analysis and access to the consultant.

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The fundamentals of good compensation committee governance have evolved over the years as executive compensation has become more complicated, more visible and more controversial. The goals of such processes are to ensure that the following goals are met: Enough time…

Compensation Committee Calendar

Meridian provides a sample calendar for the compensation committee.

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It is good governance to establish in advance a Compensation Committee Calendar for the full year. Topics and timing should be pre-determined and agreed-upon. Following is a sample calendar. Executive sessions are presumed to take place at each meeting. First…

Compensation and Governance Committees: Sharing the Hot Seat in 2016

Compensation committees have seen increased scrutiny the past several years, and governance committees will likely see a similar focus in 2016.

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The compensation committee has been on the hot seat for several years. Outrage regarding executive pay and its perceived role in the financial crisis has put the spotlight on the board members who serve on this committee. Say-on-pay, the non-binding…