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Oct 14
2010

Women on corporate boards: More open to change than men

Posted by annearf in risk managementdirectorscorporate boardscompensationcareer/managementboards

annearf

 Does it really make any difference if there are more women on boards? 

 A study from Heidrick & Struggles and WomenCorporateDirectors of 400 directors indicates the answer is "probably", at least if you're talking about attitudes towards a number of important issues.  On the one hand, it found that men and women directors respond in much the same way to some key topics.  At the same time, there are a quite a few notable issues where male and female directors most definitely seem to be on Mars and Venus.

Oct 06
2010

The link between compensation and successful M&A;

Posted by annearf in retentionmergers and acquisitionscompensationcareer/management

annearf

Most mergers and acquisitions fail to meet the companies' original goals for the transaction. But it seems that one crucial factor contributing to success is the compensation and benefits programs the parties use.

That sounds a bit like a no brainer, but apparently, it's something many companies ignore.

Sep 22
2010

Director compensation nearly flat

Posted by Stephen Taub in Towers Watsonproxy accessmajority votecompensationCashCareers/Managementbroker votesboard of directors

Stephen Taub

Is the director gravy train finally slowing down? It sure seems like it.

For one thing, Towers Watson's annual analysis of director compensation at Fortune 500 companies found that 2009 pay packages for directors rose by a mere 1 percent over 2008 levels.

Aug 18
2010

Big bucks in the Big Apple: New York's highest paid CFOs

Posted by annearf in ViacomThomas DooleyNew Yorkcompensationcareer

annearf

Thomas Dooley, CFO of Viacom, received a total compensation package of more than $26 million in 2009. John Killian of Verizon Communications made a lot less--a mere $9.6 million. And Ian G.H. Ashken of Jarden Corp. got $9. 5 million.

Those fellas are the three highest paid executives included among the 25 most richly compensated CFOs in the Big Apple, according to a list just published by Crain's New York Business, drawing on data from compensation research firm Equilar.  

Aug 03
2010

Lower-level finance salaries outpace CFOs’

Posted by mcole in salarycompensationCFOsCareers/ManagementbonusesAssociation for Financial Professionals

mcole

Salaries of financial executives and their staff continued to outpace national averages in 2009, and raises were also larger than other white-collar professionals. But the pay of lower level finance professionals outpaced those of CFOs and other senior-level types.

Average annual salaries for financial professionals increased by 2.5 percent in 2009 and were 13 percent above the national average, according to the Association for Financial Professionals' 2010 compensation survey.
But like other workers, CFOs, treasurers and their staff also enjoyed smaller salary growth than what they had been used to. The average salary increase for financial professionals in 2009 was a full percentage point below the average increase reported in 2008. Salaries went up 3.4 percent in 2008 and 4.5 percent in 2007.

Jul 15
2010

The value of tying exec comp to debt

Posted by Karen1 in pensionsexecutive compensationcompensationAIG

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For years, the prevailing wisdom has held that executive compensation should be tied to a firm's equity. That way, the theory goes, management's goals are aligned with shareholders' interests.  

This thinking is fine if you're a shareholder. However, what about bondholders? "If you're compensated only with equity, you're not worried about creditors losing money," points out Alex Edmans, a professor of finance at Wharton who has researched executive compensation. He also is the author of a recent study, "Inside Debt." 

Jul 09
2010

Employees care more about keeping their jobs than their pay

Posted by annearf in your careerwagesjob securitycompensation

annearf

Here's one thing you don't have to worry about: whether your employees care a great deal about getting a raise.  Looks like they're not all that focused on their pay, as long as they can keep their job.

A recent  study asking employees to rate contributors to job satisfaction conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management found that compensation dropped to number five for the first time since the organization started doing the survey eight years ago. It was number three on the list last year.

Jul 01
2010

Half of companies restored 401 (k) match: Survey

Posted by Stephen Taub in Towers WatsonThe Pension Protection Act of 2006defined contribution plansdefined benefit planscompensation401k

Stephen Taub

It is another case of the glass being half empty or half full, depending upon where you sit.

Towers Watson points out that since the global financial crisis hit in September 2008, 18 percent of those who responded to its recent survey have either reduced or suspended the matching contributions to their 401(k) plans.

Jun 30
2010

Bad governance at root of crisis

Posted by Ron F in RiskRegulationfinancial reformfinancial market reformfinancial crisisexecutive compensationderivativescorporate culturecompliancecompensationBanksbanking industryBankingbank failuresauditorsAccounting

Ron F

Anyone counting on regulation alone to prevent the world from falling into another financial black hole will be sorely disappointed, a group of experts warned in an article published yesterday by the International Federation of Accountants.

The experts say that all key parties to the financial disaster--from regulators to managers and investors--share the blame and that tighter regulation alone can therefore go only so far to prevent another crisis from materializing. 

Jun 30
2010

Bad governance at root of crisis

Posted by Ron F in RiskRegulationfinancial reformfinancial market reformfinancial crisisexecutive compensationderivativescorporate culturecompliancecompensationBanksbanking industryBankingbank failuresauditorsAccounting

Ron F

Anyone counting on regulation alone to prevent the world from falling into another financial black hole will be sorely disappointed, a group of experts warned in an article published yesterday by the International Federation of Accountants.

The experts say that all key parties to the financial disaster--from regulators to managers and investors--share the blame and that tighter regulation alone can therefore go only so far to prevent another crisis from materializing. 

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