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2018 Study of Executive Severance Arrangements Not Related to a Change in Control

Data for fiscal 2017 executive severance arrangements is derived primarily from 2018 definitive proxy statements filed by 160 major public companies (“Study Group”).

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This is only a summary of the full 2018 Study of Executive Severance Arrangements Not Related to Change in Control. To obtain the full report, please contact Donald Kalfen. About Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC (“Meridian”) is…

Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Optimize Retirement Within Your LTI Program

As employees age, both employers and employees tend to think strategically about retirement, but their perspectives are rarely the same. 

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Employers are generally focused on maximizing productivity and facilitating smooth transitions, while employees are generally focused on timing – not only about when will they have enough money for a comfortable retirement, but also what will they forfeit when they…

2018 Meridian Corporate Governance and Incentive Design Survey

For the eighth straight year, Meridian has conducted an extensive survey based on the public filings of 200 large cap companies (“Meridian 200”). This survey seeks to capture trends on a variety of executive compensation and corporate governance topics of interest to major companies today.

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As companies review their executive compensation program designs and related corporate governance policies, current market practices and recent trends can provide competitive benchmarks that are helpful in understanding “best practices,” as well as facilitate productive boardroom discussions. Highlights of Meridian’s…

Long-Term Incentives and Stock Ownership Ensure Alignment with Shareholders

Annual incentive metrics serve an important purpose: communicate a company’s priorities and provide incremental annual feedback on performance.

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Much of the commentary on energy industry pay programs has focused on annual bonus metrics. Annual incentives are easier to analyze because the payouts are clearly disclosed each year in the Summary Compensation Table, and those payments can communicate how…

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…

CEO Compensation in the Largest US Companies

Reprinted from Chief Executive Officer Magazine - Volume 1 2018

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Are US CEOs overpaid? Bob Romanchek, senior partner at the executive compensation consulting firm Meridian Compensation Partners, adds clarity to the issue by looking at the components of pay, the historic levels of total pay opportunity and the critical relationship…

Compensation Advisors Deliver Advice on Taxes, Culture, and Big Investors

Reprinted editorial coverage from Leading Minds of Compensation–South, which is running in the May/June 2018 issue of NACD Directorship magazine.

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Regardless of how complex the process for setting and reporting on executive pay becomes, or how simple some critics believe the process should be, one truth reigns: money motivates. That was the theme when a panel of directors and compensation…

Preventative Care for Executive Compensation Programs

Reprinted from the May/June 2018 issue of NACD Directorship magazine

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In many cases, U.S. public companies receive a high level of support from shareholders for their annual advisory vote on the executive compensation program. Based on these results, companies often conclude there is no need to make any material changes…

2018 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation

Meridian provides an overview of the current executive compensation and corporate governance landscape.

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In the past year, several factors have driven change in the executive compensation landscape in the U.S. Each year, Meridian identifies key developments regarding how companies respond to these ever changing conditions. (Read last year’s survey here.) This year share price…

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…

Performance-Based Long-Term Incentives: What Have We Done?

From January/February 2018 NACDonline.org - Executive incentive design has grown incredibly complex. Boards should consider simplifying by aligning pay with long-term stock price performance.

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Are you satisfied with the design and operation of your company’s performance-based longterm incentive program for top executives? Chances are you are not. In chasing that ever-elusive pay-for performance vehicle design, you may have gone from stock options to performance…

Aligning Executive Pay With Company Performance

From C-Suite: An Equilar Publication Issue 25, Fall 2017 - Ask the Experts "A Delicate Balance...What Will be the Biggest Risk for Corporate Boards Looking Forward to 2018?"

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From an executive compensation perspective, boards have an important duty to pay executives appropriately in line with the underlying performance of the company. The age-old issue of paying for performance seems more complex than ever—and more highly scrutinized! The design…

2017 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation

Meridian provides an overview of the current executive compensation and corporate governance landscape.

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Executive Summary As detailed in Meridian’s prior Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation Survey (2015 through early 2016), several factors were driving change in the executive compensation landscape in the U.S. These factors included market volatility, turmoil in commodity prices…

IS A THREE-YEAR PERFORMANCE PERIOD REALLY LONG-TERM?

Tom McNeill and Jon Szabo of Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC discuss how three years being the standard for "long-term" incentive is not really long-term at all.

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Find this article and more in the NYSE Governance Services Corporate Board Member Magazine – nyse.com/governance Over the last 10–15 years, we have observed a sea change in long-term incentive (LTI) award design. The role of stock options has dramatically…

Executive Compensation in the Banking Industry

Emerging Trends and Best Practices for 2015-2016

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This is Meridian’s third annual white paper on trends impacting the banking industry (see our 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 white papers). Our paper represents data from Meridian’s review of 2015 proxies for U.S. banks with assets between approximately $10 billion and…

2016 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation

Meridian provides an overview of the current executive compensation and corporate governance landscape.

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The landscape of executive compensation and corporate governance is constantly evolving. Each year, Meridian identifies key developments regarding how companies respond to these ever changing conditions. (Read last year’s survey here.) Meridian’s 2016 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation Survey…

The Pros, Cons, and Misperceptions about TSR

Watch Meridian Partner Annette Leckie discuss these issues for the NYSE Board Governance Series.

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Watch Annette Leckie, Partner, discuss myths about total shareholder return (TSR) and the benefits and concerns of using this long-term incentive measure with Deborah Scally of the NYSE Board Governance Series.

Considerations for Setting Incentive Plan Goals

Read this piece from Meridian Partner Tom Ramagnano and senior consultant Matt Wolfson, featured in NACD Directorship magazine.

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It’s that time of year when compensation committees begin the process of setting annual incentive goals for the upcoming performance cycle. For most public companies, these goals generally relate to financial metrics such as revenue, earnings, and cash flow that…

Performance Share Fundamentals

Meridian explains the key features of performance shares and other considerations companies should know about.

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Description Performance shares are performance-contingent pay denominated in common stock and earned over a performance period if certain performance goals are attained. Often, performance share plans provide for a payout matrix under which performance shares are paid at differing levels…