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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…

The Demise of TSR as the Primary Executive Pay Performance Measure

Reprinted from NACD Directorship November/December 2018 Issue

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During the past decade, the use of total shareholder return (TSR) has risen rapidly in prevalence as a performance metric in executive long-term incentive plans. Many compensation committees believed this was a direct way to align executive pay and performance.…

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…

Will Dodd-Frank and the CEO Pay Ratio Be Repealed?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

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.”...

Proxy Named Executive Officers: Should Business Unit Heads Be Included?

Guidance is offered, based on a review of law and current market prevalence.

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To include business unit heads or not to include business unit heads; that is the question. Each year, public companies must determine which executives are named executive officers (“NEOs”) under the proxy disclosure rules. This determination is important, as public companies are required to disclose in their annual meeting proxies the compensation paid to each NEO (i.e., a company’s chief...

Dodd-Frank Disclosure

What to Expect From Dodd-Frank’s Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Requirement

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On September 18, 2013, over three years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) was enacted, the Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) completed one of four executive compensation-related requirements by releasing a proposed rule on Chief…