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Boardroom Comp Under COVID-19

As seen in Corporate Board Member - Director pay will, of course, be transformed in the current environment. But what that means and how it plays out will vary widely. A roadmap.

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Pre-pandemic, board compensation practices had become static and homogeneous, even as the role of non-employee directors continued to expand—but that was before the pandemic launched a global economic crisis. CBM recently spoke with Jim Heim, a lead consultant with Meridian…

Compensation Committees: What to Do With 2020 Bonus Plans?

It’s been an unprecedented year for everyone, compensation committees included.

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At the onset of COVID-19, the popular advice for adjusting annual bonus pay was to “wait and see.”  Now several weeks in, some companies have begun restructuring bonuses. What actions are they taking? In this episode, Chris Havey, Partner &…

Director Compensation: Key Considerations During COVID-19

From Inside America's Boardrooms/Diligent

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Much like executive compensation, director pay will be met with institutional shareholder scrutiny in the months ahead. Investors and proxy advisors will scrutinize stock option awards, meeting fees, and whether board pay remains steady amid lay-offs and revenue declines. How should…

Compensation Committee Challenges Amid COVID-19

From Inside America's Boardrooms/Diligent

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Most compensation committees finalized executive compensation plans, targets, and awards at the end of February, never expecting that COVID-19 would come next. Now boards are left to navigate a crisis environment with a very unpredictable future. In this episode of…

Emerging Topics for Compensation Committees

Partner Virginia Rhodes spoke with TK Kerstetter of Diligent's Inside America's Boardrooms and outlined several emerging compensation committee issues.

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Executive compensation continues to be a major focus for institutional investors, yet the conversation is shifting. Compensation committee agendas have expanded to include topics like human capital management, company culture, ESG, and succession planning—all factors that are increasingly tied to…

Planning CEO Transitions: Compensation Committee Best Practices

Partner Jared Berman spoke with TK Kerstetter of Diligent's Inside America's Boardrooms and outlined best practices for boards that have the luxury of time.

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When it comes to CEO transitions, boards should be prepared for the “hit by a bus” scenario. But what about the other side of the spectrum (i.e., a planned departure of a long-tenured CEO)? If you have the luxury of…

How Should Boards Handle Involuntary CEO Retirement?

Meridian Lead Consultant Jon Szabo spoke with Corporate Board Member in the video below about how boards can navigate the uncharted territory of involuntary retirements from CEOs and how to craft their exit packages.

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In the first quarter of 2019 alone, more than 20 CEOs of large public companies announced their resignations. This uptick in C-level departures, which included several “involuntary retirements,” has compensation committees rethinking their approaches to officer-level severance pay. CBM recently…

How to Structure a Fair Executive Severance Agreement

From Boardroom Resources...Ryan Harvey frames the importance of a well-structured severance arrangement and outlines several best practices for today’s boards and compensation committees.

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Few things cause shareholder or media outrage like a poorly structured executive severance agreement. When a CEO is terminated for poor performance and walks away with tens of millions in severance payments, it’s understandably a hard pill for company stakeholders…

Compensation Committee Issues in 2019: From Discretion to Down Cycles

From Boardroom Resources...In this episode, Partner Annette Leckie discusses the impact of the latest tax reform on executive incentives.

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When the latest tax reform was introduced, companies immediately began calculating what it meant for their business. Compensation committees and their outside consultants went through a similar process to identify new rules that may affect how they structure executive compensation…

Board Governance: Preparing For Next Proxy Season

Proxy season went well for the majority of boards, says Virginia Rhodes, lead consultant at Meridian Compensation Partners.

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Virginia Rhodes sat down with Corporate Board Member editor-in-chief Dan Bigman as part of the Board Governance Series to talk about the most recent proxy season and how boards can prepare for the next one. “Director elections have gone with…

Trends in Compensation: Committee Chairs & Lead Directors

From Boardroom Resources...In this episode, Bob Romanchek discusses current trends in director compensation.

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Compensation trends for lead directors and committee chairs have been interesting to follow in the years after Sarbanes-Oxley. Audit committee chairs were the first to be rewarded with higher pay; compensation committee chairs quickly followed suit as issues like Say…

NACD Leading Minds of Compensation – South

NACD's Leading Minds of Compensation program is a forum for engaged compensation committee chairs, members, and directors to exchange insights with the nation's top thought leaders.

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Meridian was proud to be a sponsor of this unique opportunity discussing the latest executive and director compensation challenges and trends. The country’s leading compensation experts including Lead Consultant, Virginia Rhodes, provided an invaluable outlook on compensation, and then opened…

Long-Term Incentives: Compensation Committee Challenges

Inside America’s Boardrooms is a weekly web show that features board members and governance experts with varying perspectives and board committee experience hosted by TK Kerstetter.

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While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has brought some positives to the economy and certainly to select individuals, it has also brought some challenges to compensation committees as they try to figure out the correct balance for long-term incentives…

Hot-Button Board Compensation Issues

Corporate Board Member recently sat down with Bob Romanchek, partner with Meridian Compensation Partners to talk about board compensation.

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Board compensation is always a hot topic for directors, with outside director compensation, lead director compensation, equity grants, the actual value of outside director pay and instances where companies have been sued for excessive outside director pay all front-burner topics. In the…

Five “Must Know” Aspects of the Compensation Committee Process

From Inside America's Boardrooms - The Premier Board of Directors Informational Webshow, hosted by TK Kerstetter

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Episode Summary Serving on the compensation committee has become a formidable challenge for most directors regardless of one’s background or career. Not only do compensation committees have to navigate a host of regulations and complex terminology, but over the last…