CalPERS Votes Against Pay at 1,195 Firms – Corporate Governance

Jim McRitchie reports on CalPERS votes against pay plans: Equilar announced, in partnership with CalPERS, the release of the CalPERS P4P Scorecard in Equilar Insight, the leading executive compensation benchmarking software solution. The release of the new scorecard is an extension of the five-year realizable pay calculation CalPERS and Equilar released earlier this year. Said…

European investors target lavish executive pay in US

Pay deals for top company bosses in the US face mounting opposition from some of Europe’s most influential investors even as their large American counterparts continue to provide solid support for exorbitant executive remuneration packages. The investment arms of UBS, Axa, Legal & General, BNP Paribas along with APG, Europe’s largest pension fund, voted against…

Crash Course — The Corporate Governance/Strategy Failures of Boeing

At The New Republic, Maureen Tkacik writes about what went wrong at Boeing and how it relates to other corporate failures: Airplane manufacturing is no different from mortgage lending or insulin distribution or make-believe blood analyzing software—another cash cow for the one percent, bound inexorably for the slaughterhouse. In the now infamous debacle of the…

Executive Compensation: The Role of Public Company Shareholders

Barbara Novick of BlackRock, Inc., one of the largest and most powerful institutional investors in the world, wrote about CEO pay and the role of shareholders. Of particular note is her assessment of proxy advisors, making it clear that proxy advisor clients appreciate the analysis and recommendations but have their own views. Proxy advisors are…

Bill Winters has undermined good corporate governance | Financial Times

The attack on shareholders by Bill Winters, chief executive of Standard Chartered, for opposing remuneration at the recent shareholder meeting was as unwarranted as it was surprising.While it could easily be dismissed as an individual’s ego bruised by the concerted opposition of nearly 40 per cent of proxies cast against his pay, the wider issues…

The Test of Time: Adapting to a New Era of Executive Compensation

In 2018, CalPERS voted against 45.4% of the S&P 500 on Say on Pay, according to corporate governance nonprofit As You Sow. These results are drastically higher than in previous years, as its five-year average for opposing Say on Pay votes was 16%. According to Simiso Nzima, Investment Director of Global Equity at CalPERS, among…

UAW Proposal on Clawbacks Endorsed by Mylan Shareholders 

In a non-voting discussion item, shareholders supported a proposal by the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust for Mylan to strengthen its clawback policy for senior executive incentive pay.The executive compensation vote is called Say on Pay. In its proxy statement, Mylan said,  “Although advisory and not binding, the Compensation Committee and the board…

Opinion | C.E.O. Pay, America’s Economic ‘Miracle’ – The New York Times

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Bill Saporito writes: There are some good reasons C.E.O. pay has risen. Large companies keep getting bigger, and in some ways more complex. Health care, pharmaceutical and media companies have been making sizable acquisitions as these industries continue to consolidate. Disney, for instance, just bought a large…