Category Archives: Executive Compensation

Saving Face in the Face of a Demotion

The saga of the reported demotion of Ann Curry, the “Today” show anchor, causes me to consider how high-profile executives can save face and prosper after suffering a similar fate. Although Curry’s ordeal is being played out in the national … Continue reading

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Negotiating Executive Compensation in an ‘Occupy’ Era

To follow the news, it’s tempting to think that a good chunk of the country’s financial woes can be blamed on high executive compensation. The latest incarnation of that resentment is the Occupy movement, as well as the “say-on-pay” provisions … Continue reading

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Is Your Pension Going to Be What You Think It’s Going to Be?

American Airlines’ request to have the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. bail out its $9 billion in unfunded pension obligations should have executives everywhere taking a hard look at their employer-funded retirement plans. Particularly for executives who work in troubled industries, … Continue reading

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What to do when your successful business unit is sold

Success is sometimes rewarded in strange ways, such as when a company sells off a highly profitable business unit in order to raise cash (as Nestle did when it bought Cadbury and as Barnes & Noble is considering doing with … Continue reading

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“Say on Pay” Hasn’t Hurt Exec Compensation–Yet

There’s clearly some nervousness among executives these days, given that shareholders now have a “say on pay.” But by most accounts, they don’t need to be all that nervous. “Say on pay” is a provision of Dodd-Frank that allows shareholders to cast an advisory … Continue reading

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Options Backdating Still a Problem

Executives looking to maximize their compensation have many ways to do so besides a bump in salary, including bonuses, stock, stock options, retirement plans, retirement insurance, golden parachutes, and other perks of the company-jet and season-ticket variety. There is great … Continue reading

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If there’s a change of control, an executive needs options in writing

Change of control agreements, or golden parachutes as they are more commonly known, can be a lifesaver for an executive whose employer is purchased by another company, but these agreements also are rife with pitfalls. The most common problem is … Continue reading

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Executive disputes may head to arbitration, not to court

You don’t take an executive position expecting it will end in a legal fight, but if it does, you need to know where you’ve agreed the fight will take place. Many executive contracts contain arbitration agreements, and others have clauses that determine … Continue reading

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Work Stoppages and Executive Compensation

The situation now facing executives of the NFL – where negotiations between players and team owners appear to be stuck in a quagmire – mirrors in some ways what many executives across the United States confront on a daily basis. … Continue reading

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