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How Much Board Turnover is Best?
Harvard Business Review, April 1, 2014

"Some criticize boards for leaving the evolution of their composition to chance, allowing director retirements to dictate the pace of change. Support for annual director elections and for increased transparency around director nominations suggests that some shareholders would like to see more turnover. Is there evidence that companies and shareholders actually benefit when boards add fresh blood? If so, how much change is desirable?"

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A Better Way to Compare C.E.O. Pay
The New York Times, September 21, 2013

Irwin David Simon Hain Celestial Group Pay in 2012: $6.5 million Equilar peer group median pay: $2.6 million"HOW much pay is too much pay? It’s a question shareholders have been asking for years.

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has dipped its toe into the executive pay pool with a rule issued last week that would require companies to publish a comparison of their chief executives’ pay to the median compensation of most other company employees.

Carl T. Camden Kelly Services Pay in 2012: $3.3 million Equilar peer group median pay: $2.8 millionUnless you were born yesterday, you already know there’s a vast gulf between C.E.O. pay and that of the public company rank and file. So the rule, if it goes into effect (it is now undergoing a 60-day comment period), won’t be that revelatory. Sure, there will be noteworthy numbers. But the new rule will do little to help shareholders understand whether the executive pay awarded by their companies is appropriate and if not, how off the charts it is. A far more meaningful comparison for regulators is the peer groups public companies choose to use as benchmarks when setting their pay packages."

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Study: What CEOs Really Earn
Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), February 21, 2013

Based on findings from the article, Equilar's Early look at Realizable Pay Article

Equilar on CNBC

"In a study published Thursday, the compensation advisory firm Equilar looked at the realizable pay over a three year period for a group of S&P 1500 CEOS. Equilar pulled the reported pay of CEOs whose firms filed their proxies from June, 2012 through December, 2012. Looking at the reported numbers for fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012, Equilar then calculated the CEOs realizable pay over that three year period and came up with the 20 highest paid CEOs of this group."