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Meridian 2017 Study of Executive Change in Control Arrangements

Meridian’s 2017 Study of Executive Change-in-Control Arrangements (the “Study”) provides current information and data on change-in-control (“CIC”) severance practices of 160 major U.S. listed public companies (the “Study Group”). We also provide trends comparisons to our last two studies, conducted in 2014 and 2011, respectively.

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Study Group Characteristics and Report Scope Study Group Characteristics Each of the 160 companies in the Study Group was a component company of the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index1 (“S&P 500®”) as of December 31, 2016. In addition, the Study…

2017 Trends in Outside Director Compensation

The 2017 Outside Director Compensation Trends Report includes data from public Fortune 100 companies.

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The key highlights from Meridian’s 2017 Outside Director Compensation study among Fortune 100 companies include: In 2016, total compensation increased modestly at 1.2% Annual cash retainer values were flat for the second consecutive year, but equity values increased at approximately…

2017 Meridian Corporate Governance and Incentive Design Survey

For the seventh 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 facing major companies today.

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As companies review their executive compensation programs and related corporate governance policies, current market practices and recent trends can provide competitive benchmarks that are helpful in understanding current and future “best practices.” Highlights of Meridian’s 2017 Corporate Governance & Incentive…

Executive Compensation in the Banking Industry

Emerging Trends and Best Practices 2016-2017

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Introduction Bank executive compensation practices continue to evolve, as does the regulatory influence on pay programs. Eight years after the Dodd Frank Act was signed, incentive compensation rules under Section 956 of the Act remain outstanding and seem unlikely to…

CEO Pay Packages See Largest Increase Since 2013

A new Equilar report examines CEO compensation trends at Equilar 500 companies—the 500 largest, by reported revenue, U.S.-headquartered companies trading on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges—over the last five fiscal years. The study found that median CEO pay reached $11.0 million in 2016, up 6.1% and the largest increase since 2013. Meridian Compensation Partners offered independent commentary on how compensation awards are structured and eventually paid to CEOs.

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Over the last five years, the value of CEO pay packages has been steadily increasing as companies shift away from discretionary bonuses and stock options toward pay for performance, according to the most recent Equilar report, CEO Pay Trends 2017,…

Report on Say on Pay and Select Shareholder Proposals for the 2017 Proxy Season

Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC is pleased to provide this periodic report on key voting results for the 2017 proxy season.

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About This Material Specifically, this report will cover the following areas: Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Say on Pay (SOP) Vote Results and Analysis Russell 3000 SOP Vote Results and Analysis Analysis of Vote Results on Select Shareholder Proposals Highlights…

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…

2016 Corporate Governance & Incentive Design Survey

Read Meridian's findings and learn about new market practices and trends that will inform best practices for the next year and beyond.

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Executive Summary As companies review their executive compensation programs and related corporate governance policies, it can be helpful to understand common market practices and trends that may signal “best practices.” In order to inform these perspectives, Meridian’s 2016 Corporate Governance…

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…

Director Pay Trends Report: Retainers Rise to Reflect Board Responsibilities

Meridian and Equilar, Inc. analyze recents trends that explain the rising pay of directors.

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The following excerpt is a collaboration between Meridian Compensation Partners and Equilar, Inc. To request a copy of the full report, visit Equilar’s site. Boards of directors sit atop the corporate structure, responsible for hiring executives, shaping strategies, and ensuring…

2015 Corporate Governance & Incentive Design Survey

Meridian's findings on a variety of topics related to executive compensation and corporate governance issues facing companies today.

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Executive Summary As companies review their executive compensation programs and related corporate governance policies, reference to common market practices often forms the basis for assessing competitiveness. In addition, conducting due diligence generally includes the perspective of market “best practices.” In…

2015 Outside Director Compensation Trends Report

The report includes data from public Fortune 100 companies across many industry sectors.

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Meridian Compensation Partners recently published its 2015 Outside Director Compensation Trends Report, analyzing outside director compensation at Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of industry sectors. Highlights of the report are included below and the full report summary is…

Equity Usage for Incentives Remains Stable at Most Large U.S. Companies

Annual run rates are slightly down, while the three-year average has remained constant.

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LAKE FOREST, IL—According to a recent study of annual “run rate” and “overhang” levels among Fortune 100 companies by Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC the annual run rate (or share usage) for Fortune 100 companies has declined slightly to 1.3% and…

Executive Compensation in the Banking Industry

Emerging Trends and Best Practices for 2014-2015

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This is Meridian’s second annual white paper on trends impacting the banking industry (see “New Realities of Executive Compensation in the Banking Industry” for the 2013-2014 white paper). Our research for this paper represents data from Meridian’s review of 2015…

2015 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation

Meridian surveyed 114 companies to determine new trends and developments in the current executive compensation landscape.

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Meridian’s 2015 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation Survey covers responses from 114 major companies across a diverse range of industries. This survey and its results are intended to provide an overview of the current landscape and direction in which companies…

ISS 2014-2015 Policy Survey Summary of Results

ISS’s recent Policy Survey previews potential changes in its 2015 proxy voting policies.

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Each year, ISS seeks feedback from institutional investors, public companies (“issuers”) and the consulting community on emerging corporate governance, executive compensation and other issues as part of its annual policy formulation process. Possibly reflecting concerns about the influence of ISS…

2014 Study of Executive Change-in-Control Arrangements

The Study provides current information and data on change-in-control severance practices of 160 major U.S. listed public companies, as well as comparisons to our 2011 study.

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This is only a summary of the full 2014 Study of Executive Change-in-Control Arrangements. To obtain the full report, please contact Donald Kalfen.

Meridian 2014 Governance and Design Survey

The 2014 Corporate Governance & Incentive Design Survey presents Meridian’s findings on a variety of topics related to executive compensation and corporate governance issues facing companies today.

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As companies review their executive compensation programs and related corporate governance policies, reference to common market practices often forms the basis for assessing competitiveness. Furthermore, any substantial due diligence, whether prepared for senior management or the Compensation Committee generally includes the perspective of market “best practices.”...