Executive compensation bulletin

Executive compensation bulletin
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Stradley, Ben; Lane, Brian
Towers Watson
Date of publication
26 April 2010
People management: all aspects of managing people, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Business and management
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This article explores how executive compensation programs fared over the period between late 2008 and early 2009 when stock prices and company financial performance declined sharply. Towers Watson's latest examination of proxies filed by large US corporations suggests that, although the economy is by no means out of the woods yet, executive pay programs at most companies have thus far come through the test with flying colours. Despite the escalating criticism that suggests otherwise, executive pay programs have, for the most part, worked as intended during the recession. Pay outcomes have reflected the significant downturn in the economy, as well as the initial phases of the recovery and continue to give incentives to executives in most companies to take the necessary actions to maximize shareholder value and position their companies for future success.

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