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Board Compensation, Diversity Under Scrutiny

As seen in the 3rd Quarter 2019 issue of Bank Director

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Similar to trends in other industries, banks have been simplifying their director pay programs. Slightly more than half of publicly traded banks with $1 billion to $10 billion in assets increased cash retainers instead of offering board meeting fees. Board…

Is it time for longer-term performance awards?

A variety of factors has escalated short-termism, including proliferation of technology and Wall Street’s relentless demand (and apparent rewards) for short-term profits.

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Short-termism: Acknowledging a Trend In his 2016 annual letter to CEOs, Larry Fink wrote: “I have written to the CEOs of leading companies urging resistance to the powerful forces of short-termism afflicting corporate behavior. Reducing these pressures and working instead…

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…

Compensation Specialists Advise on IPOs and Spins

As an initial public offering (IPO) nears for a private company or an operating division of a public company, compensation planning must include preparing for the executive compensation transition issues the company must undertake after the offering

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From the July/August 2016 issue of NACD Directorship Visit NACDonline.org As one of the largest independent advisory firms, Meridian Compensation Partners is uniquely positioned to guide committees through pivotal events such as IPOs, spins, or separations where a company is…

The Line Between Ownership and Compensation

Cheniere Energy’s recent challenges offer interesting lessons in understanding the differences between “ownership” and “compensation”.

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Cheniere Energy’s recent challenges offer interesting lessons in understanding the differences between “ownership” and “compensation”. Cheniere has faced notable public challenges to its executive compensation program, including the withdrawal of an incentive plan proposal to shareholders and failed Say on…

Responding to Pressure

How Regulators are Changing Bank Incentive Pay

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The Federal Reserve’s influence on incentive practices at the largest banks is cascading to regional banks. Although the final Dodd-Frank Act regulations have not been released, many banks are adjusting their incentive programs to respond to regulatory pressure. A Meridian…

The End of Deferred Compensation?

Proposed Legislation Could Render the Tax Saving Effectiveness of Deferred Compensation Inert

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Our last post introduced some thoughts around proposed legislation by the Republican Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee that would effectively end tax deductibility of compensation under IRC Section 162(m). I’d like to explore the other aspect of…

Balancing Act

Back-and-Forth Over Pay Leads to Small Gains, Changing Incentives

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Bank chief executives had a good but not a great year in 2013, based on an analysis of the pay packages at 35 U.S. banks with assets of $20 billion to $400 billion. Total compensation — including base salaries, incentives…

Review of Horizontal Benchmarking and Its Impact on CEO Compensation and Pay Disparity

Meridian’s Analysts Share Their Findings After Surveying Academic Studies And Compensation Trends And What They Have To Say About Horizontal Benchmarking And CEO Pay

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Executive Summary Introduction Meridian was asked by a group of six Canadian banks (“the Banks”) to review horizontal benchmarking and its potential impact on CEO Compensation and pay disparity to assist with their consideration of concerns raised in shareholder proposals.…

Stock Options—Too early to administer last rites?

Companies are Gradually Doing Away with Stock Options in Favor Of Performance Shares

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In a recent Wall Street Journal article “Last Gasp for Stock Options?” the author takes a pretty grim view on the future of stock options. Is this really a bold new claim or is it old news? To be sure,…

Incentive Compensation Trends

How the Federal Reserve is Influencing Pay

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In the absence of final guidance from regulators on incentive compensation risk (Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act), the Federal Reserve is actively driving for changes in compensation practices and incentive use among the largest banks as part of its…