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Equilar and the Conference Board Working Group Deliver Industry Best Practice Solutions For Pay For Performance Analysis

Redwood City, CA (November 13, 2013) – Equilar, the leader in executive compensation benchmarking and governance research, today announced its partnership with The Conference Board Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure to encourage the adoption of standardized Realizable and Realized Pay methodologies as defined by the Working Group’s Realizable/Realized Pay Conceptual Framework that reflect industry best practices. By adding the Working Group’s Realizable/Realized methodologies to Equilar’s P4P analytics platform, companies will now be able to enhance their analyses comparing to their peers over a one-, three-, or five-year time horizon.

 “As a leader in pay for performance analysis, Equilar is pleased to collaborate with The Conference Board Working Group to provide greater clarity on this critical topic,” said Brian Sohmers, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Equilar Insight.

“Multiple definitions of Realizable and Realized Pay have resulted in inconsistencies in pay for performance comparisons,” added Donna Dabney, Executive Director of The Conference Board Governance Center. “We are thrilled that Equilar has added our framework to its platform, which will help in promoting greater standardization.” 

“The Working Group’s framework represents an important step in allowing companies to more effectively tell their pay for performance stories using standardized methodologies,” said Center On Executive Compensation Co-CEO, Charlie Tharp, “and having the ability to test it on the Equilar platform will make the process even easier.” 

“We are proud of the hard work of the Working Group which included vetting with institutional investors,” said Darla Stuckey, Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy at The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. “The resulting framework provides a principles-based model for corporate issuers to use to supplement their disclosure in the Summary Compensation Table if they so choose.”

In addition to utilizing the Working Group’s methodologies, Equilar clients can also use methodologies from proxy advisory firms Institutional Investors Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis. As a result, Equilar clients can tailor analyses to view the same pay for performance analysis that investors see.

For further discussion, join Equilar and The Center On Executive Compensation for a webinar addressing supplemental pay for performance analyses, including Realizable and Realized pay. The topics of the presentation will include commentary on why Realizable and Realized Pay analyses should be used, and provide an understanding of the new methodologies and how they can be implemented.


  • Charlie Tharp, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Center On Executive Compensation
  • Brian Sohmers, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Equilar Insight 

The Conference Board Working Group members include:

James D. C. Barrall
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Timothy J. Bartl
President, Center On Executive Compensation

Kenneth A. Bertsch
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals

Marcel Bucsescu
Assistant Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board

Donna C. Dabney
Executive Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board

Lisa L. Hunter
Program Director, The Conference Board

Ira T. Kay
Managing Partner, Pay Governance LLC

Arthur H. Kohn
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Robert B. Lamm
Senior Fellow, Governance Center, The Conference Board

Charles M. Nathan
Partner & Senior Advisor, RLM Finsbury

Darla C. Stuckey
Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals

Charles G. Tharp
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Center On Executive Compensation

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