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…

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…

Fidelity Votes No on GE Pay

Some Fidelity Investments funds voted this spring to oppose the compensation received by General Electric Co. CEO John Flannery and other top GE executives, according to regulatory filings published last week…. Fidelity was in the minority on the pay question. Among GE shareholders, “yes” votes outnumbered “no” votes by a more than 10-to-1 margin. Boston…

Disney shareholders vote against CEO Iger’s pay package

Walt Disney Co shareholders rejected an executive compensation plan that could reward Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger with up to $48.5 million a year over four years plus an equity grant worth about $100 million, in a non-binding vote on Thursday [March 8, 2018].<P><P>The total compensation is tied to the closing of Disney’s planned $52.4…