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Senior Executive Incentive Design Practices Study – Retail, Consumer Durables, and Restaurants

This is Meridian’s first study on senior executive incentive practices in the Retail, Consumer Durables, and Restaurant industries.

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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 emerging standards, as well as facilitating productive boardroom discussions. In order to…

2019 Executive Compensation Trends and Developments

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.) In 2018, numerous factors…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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…

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…

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.”...

Oil & Gas Industry Outside Director Compensation Trends

Meridian Analyzed 16 Oil and Gas Companies to Determine Key Themes in Compensation

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There have been a number of studies released recently on the topic of outside director compensation, covering practices across industries. In this posting, we’ll dig deeper into outside director compensation practices within the oil & gas industry. Meridian recently analyzed…

Investors Still Don’t Give Boards High Marks on Executive Compensation

In a Survey Investors Expressed Their Lack Of Trust in Board for Executive Compensation Decisions

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A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey found that two-thirds of institutional investors don’t think that corporate boards are effective in controlling executive compensation. The PwC survey results imply that despite on average receiving over 90% shareholder support for Say on Pay,…

What Do This Year’s Bonus Payouts Look Like?

CEO Payouts for Energy Companies in the S&P 500 Varied Considerably

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This is a question we hear frequently this time of year — and now that many of the 2013 proxy statements have been filed, we thought we’d share our insights on CEO bonus payouts. We focused on S&P 500 CEOs…

2013 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation

Meridian Surveyed Over 140 Major Companies To Determine What Executive Compensation Topics are on Their Minds

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Executive Summary In order to keep our clients at the forefront of significant compensation trends and critical issues, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC has surveyed approximately 140 major companies on a variety of issues pertinent to the continually changing landscape in…