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The “Trump Trade”: Will Stock Options Make a Comeback?

Read this interview with Meridian Partner Bob Romancheck from Corporate Board Member magazine.

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This interview originally appeared in Corporate Board Member magazine. Corporate Board Member spoke to Bob Romanchek, partner and consultant with Meridian Compensation Partners, about the expected use of stock options going forward. At one time, the use of stock options…

Bigger Shoes to Fill

Meridian Partner Tom Ramagnano discusses aligning shareholder value with director pay in this article from Equilar C-Suite magazine.

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Find this article and more in the most recent issue of Equilar C-Suite magazine. Find past issues of C-Suite at Equilar.com. Boards walk a fine line to align director pay with shareholder value By Ryan Villard   Boards of directors…

Rewarding Executives for Successful Bank M&A

Aligning rewards with value enhancement will help shareholders understand the rationale behind them.

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This article originally appeared on BankDirector.com. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can create significant value for shareholders. Accordingly, bank executives should be rewarded when completing and integrating successful transactions. However, in today’s environment of heightened executive pay scrutiny, some approaches to…

Are You Paying Your Lead Director Appropriately?

Boards may need to rethink pay practices as the role of the lead director evolves.

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Looking at larger companies’ practices for compensating outside directors, lead directors are typically provided a cash retainer of approximately $30,000 for performing this role in addition to the regular outside director pay package. This retainer is oftentimes the same or…

Nasdaq Talks to Donald Kalfen of Meridian about Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

They discuss how the rule could fare under President Trump, next steps for planning ahead, and more.

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This article originally appeared in the Nasdaq Governance Clearinghouse. Should public companies still plan on implementing the CEO Pay Ratio rule given that President-elect Trump has promised to repeal or reform Dodd-Frank? Nasdaq sat down with Don Kalfen of Meridian…

Will Dodd-Frank and the CEO Pay Ratio Be Repealed?

A look at what the U.S. presidential election portends for the future of financial reform.

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It has been six years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) develop rules intended to address the then-current financial crisis. One such rule concerns…

Beyond the Proxy

Meridian Partners weigh in on 2016 CEO pay trends in this article from Equilar's C-Suite magazine.

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A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is both the managerial leader and the figurehead of his or her company, representing it to its employees, shareholders and the general public. In times of growth and success, but also in turmoil and failure, a…

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…

Looking Ahead to 2017 – Webinar

Meridian examines executive compensation under a new administration.

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Get insights into how executive compensation will be affected by a Trump or Clinton presidency by watching this webinar presentation from Partners Bob Romanchek and Christina Medland, titled “Looking Ahead to 2017: Executive Compensation Under a New Administration.” Watch the…

Navigating the Frequency of Say-on-Pay Voting

Read analysis from Meridian featured in NACD Directorship magazine.

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This year marks the sixth year in the United States of say on pay, the rule that allows shareholders to cast non-binding votes that voice their approval—or disapproval—of a company’s executive compensation programs. Shareholders cast votes based on the perceived…

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…

How Pay Drives Performance

Meridian analyzes effective pay programs and explains what companies can learn from them.

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High performing banks execute customized strategies that deliver results. They have the vision, leadership, culture and incentive programs that help to attract, motivate and retain top talent. Leaders of high performing banks articulate their strategic direction with laser focus, communicate…

2016 CEO Pay Trends Report

An Equilar publication, featuring commentary from Meridian Compensation Partners.

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All data, graphs and charts reprinted with permission of Equilar. Executive Summary The CEOs of the largest U.S. public companies may differ in their career paths—founders who began with the spark of an idea, rank-and-file employees who ascended the corporate…

Hot “Banking” Jobs: As Banking Changes, So Are the Job Titles

Banks are finding it increasingly necessary to look beyond a traditional financial services background when attracting new talent.

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Banks today must adapt to a world where “digital”, “cyber risk” and “fintech” are the new business lexicon. As the bulk of the workforce shifts from baby boomer to millennial, there is an increased need to attract talent from outside…

Effective Use of Discretion in Annual Incentives

Analyzing bonus payout outcomes of publicly traded E&P companies.

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Going into 2015, annual incentive goal-setting was challenging for oil & gas companies, to say the least. E&P companies were wrestling with lowering production, where production growth is traditionally a cornerstone E&P bonus metric. Services and drilling companies were experiencing…

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.

The BP Shareholder Vote: A Cautionary Tale

Despite using the "correct" process, BP shareholders still took issue with the company's compensation programs.

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Compensation is often more about the message than the money. BP’s recent shareholder vote offered some valuable lessons for other energy companies about sending the right messages to shareholders when commodity prices impact business results. On April 14th, nearly 60%…