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January 18, 2017


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Executive compensation has become an increasingly hot-button issue over the past few years, and scrutiny has only intensified in the wake of Dodd-Frank. While the standard elements of executive pay—salary, annual bonuses and equity awards—make up the bulk of executive pay packages, they don’t paint the complete compensation picture.


December 11, 2016


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Equilar and the New York Times have partnered on a joint study to determine compensation and other take-home pay for executives at the largest publicly traded private equity firms. The New York Times analysis also compared these individuals to CEOs at the largest banks and CEOs of some of the most prominent technology firms as a benchmark.


December 7, 2016

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Executive Compensation & Governance Outlook 2017, features data and identifies trends in disclosure practices at S&P 500 companies focused in three major sections: Compensation, Shareholder Engagement, and Board Governance and Succession Planning. Hogan Lovells and Labrador provided independent commentary to with color and context to how companies approach these governance issues internally and communicate to stakeholders through proxy statements and other channels.


November 16, 2016

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General Counsel Pay Trends 2016, an Equilar publication, analyzes compensation data for the top-paid GCs at their respective companies, using data from proxy filings and the annual Equilar Top 25 Survey. Findings include data on total compensation, pay component breakdowns, equity and incentive plans, and more. BarkerGilmore provided independent commentary for the report.


November 2, 2016

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HR Executive Pay Trends 2016, an Equilar publication, analyzes compensation data for the top-paid Human Resources (HR) executives at their respective companies, using data from proxy filings and the annual Equilar Top 25 Survey. Findings include data on total compensation, pay component breakdowns, equity and incentive plans, and more. Allegis Partners provided independent commentary for the report.


October 4, 2016

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Director Pay Trends 2016, an Equilar publication, examines total compensation, pay components, equity and incentive plan information, retainers for leadership roles and committee memberships, and the prevalence of individual meeting fees for boards of directors at S&P 500 companies.


September 21, 2016

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Equity Compensation Trends 2016, an Equilar publication, examines equity design and granting practices at S&P 500 companies over the last five fiscal years. While the broader view shows steady, even growth in overall pay levels, closer inspection reveals more dynamic changes in executive equity compensation over the last 10 years.


September 14, 2016

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Board Composition and Recruiting Trends 2016, an Equilar publication, examines the boards of S&P 500 companies over the last five years, including data on board size, committee structures, mandatory retirement ages, gender and ethnic diversity, director age and tenure, leadership positions, and more.


August 31, 2016

A recent Equilar analysis looked at CEO biographies within Fortune 500 company proxy statements to uncover what universities they attended to earn collegiate and professional degrees. This report includes an interactive map with the top 10 schools that have awarded degrees to these high-profile executives.


August 24, 2016

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The Equilar Global CFO Pay Trends 2016 report examines how S&P 500 companies compensate their leading financial experts. Data and analysis focuses on the increase in total compensation over the past five years, and how pay components have shifted to performance-based elements over fixed awards.


August 17, 2016

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The Equilar Global CEO Pay Trends 2016 report examines CEO compensation for the 2015 fiscal year at the largest companies as measured by revenue on the Fortune Global 500 list. The report identifies trends in how these companies award CEO pay, which not only affect the way global companies' structure pay programs, but also how they measure performance, meet regulatory standards and stakeholder guidelines, and recruit and retain executive and board talent.


July 13, 2016

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The Equilar Peer Group Composition and Benchmarking 2016 report examines how S&P 500 companies construct proxy-disclosed peer groups. Data includes distributions of peer group size, number of peer groups, criteria used to determine peer groups, whether companies have peers outside the U.S., the most common companies disclosed as peers, and more.


June 15, 2016

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The Equilar CEO Pay Trends 2016 examines CEO pay at S&P 500 companies—defined as reported compensation in the summary compensation tables (SCT) within annual SEC proxy filings (DEF14A)—over the last five fiscal years, visualizing the shift in the way the largest public companies deliver compensation to their chief executive officers.


June 8, 2016

The Associated Press recently published its coverage of the Equilar Highest-Paid CEOs by State study, which analyzed total compensation of chief executives at public companies in every U.S. state. The highest-paid executive on the list was Dara Khoshrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia, based in Washington, earning $94.6 million in 2015.


May 27, 2016

The New York Times recently published its coverage of the annual Equilar 200 study, which analyzes the highest-paid CEOs at U.S. public companies. The 2016 Equilar 200 marks the 10th consecutive year of a partnership with The New York Times to deliver data on top-paid executives.


May 25, 2016

Since 2011, Equilar has worked together with the Associated Press on various executive compensation studies. This latest version of an ongoing annual study identifies total compensation for 341 CEOs who served in that role at an S&P 500 company for at least two years as of fiscal year-end. The companies must have filed a proxy between January 1st and April 30th of this year to be included in this study.


April 25, 2016

Each year, the Equilar 100 examines CEO pay at the largest companies by revenue to study how executive pay aligns with company performance. This list is a snapshot of companies to file annual proxy statements before April 1 to provide an early look at CEO pay trends for 2015.


April 6, 2016

Effective executive compensation programs aim to align executive pay with measures of company performance, and a well-designed incentive plan achieves this alignment through a rigorous process, including the selection and weighting of performance metrics.


March 9, 2016

Public companies are beholden to align long-term interests of executive officers with those of their shareholders, and this balance often manifests in how executives are paid in relation to company performance.


March 9, 2016

Since boards of directors are responsible for aligning company affairs with shareholder interests, companies often implement director stock ownership guidelines to ensure that board members are invested in the company’s current and future performance.


February 24, 2016

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In this report, Equilar analyzed the proxies of S&P 100 companies to discover and chronicle trends in CD&A disclosure among the largest U.S. companies.


January 27, 2016

Paying executives competitively not only attracts new hires, but also can retain and motivate them to achieve exceptional results.


January 13, 2016

Executive compensation continues to play a key role in attracting, retaining and awarding corporate employees primarily responsible for company success.


December 10, 2015

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In the age of Say on Pay and increasing shareholder engagement, proxy statements are communication vehicles between issuers, investors, proxy advisors and indeed all stakeholders.


December 2, 2015

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Boards of directors sit atop the corporate structure, responsible for hiring executives, shaping strategies, and ensuring their companies meet regulatory and corporate governance standards.


November 18, 2015

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In this changing landscape, boards have not only grown increasingly independent but also diverse. While diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics—be it skillset, age, experience or ethnicity—gender diversity on corporate boards is a marquee topic in corporate governance.


November 4, 2015

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HR executives have seen their roles increase in scope in recent years, and especially at larger companies, CHROs have seen far more accountability to the board with respect to talent management.


October 21, 2015

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With increased scrutiny surrounding pay for performance, companies have become increasingly transparent about their compensation policies.


October 7, 2015

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With increased scrutiny surrounding pay for performance, companies have become increasingly transparent about their compensation policies.


September 23, 2015

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When executive compensation is brought up in conversation, CEO pay typically serves as the benchmark of the pay gap between executives and employees.


August 26, 2015

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With options continuing to disappear from incentive plans and the recent focus on pay for performance from shareholders, performance equity has been on an upswing.


August 4, 2015

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The Equilar CEO Pay Strategies 2015 compiled data from proxy filings for the most recent fiscal year on companies in the S&P 1500.


June 23, 2015

An interactive map that shows the country's top 200 paid CEOs from our annual study distributed state by state.


May 26, 2015

Since 2011, Equilar has collaborated with the Associated Press to deliver high-quality information on executive compensation. This year, we published the Pay Study, an analysis of 340 CEOs who served in the role for at least two years as of fiscal year-end and worked at an S&P 500 company. The companies must have filed a proxy between January 1st and April 30th of this year to be included in this study...


May 16, 2015

The New York Times recently published its coverage of the Equilar 200 Highest-Paid CEO Rankings, an analysis of the top paid CEOs at public U.S. companies with at least $1 billion in fiscal year-end market cap...


April 27, 2015

One of the most significant impacts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Corporate Reform Bill was the requirement that all public companies hold regular shareholder votes concerning executive compensation...


April 15, 2015

The New York Times recently published its coverage of the Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study, an analysis of CEO pay at the 100 largest public U.S. companies as measured by revenue...


April 9, 2015

Annual incentive plans typically represent 20–25% of total direct compensation for chief executive officers (CEOs)...


March 4, 2015

Although the dual title of chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board is often a subject of debate in the realm of good corporate governance, it is a useful construct when planning CEO succession. In certain cases, a former CEO will transition into the role of Executive Chairman, while the new CEO settles into his or her role. While an appropriate level of...


February 7, 2015

In the corporate world, there is no role more closely scrutinized than that of the Chief Executive Officer, who embodies the direction of the company itself. Thus, appointing a new CEO indelibly begins a brand new chapter in the company’s narrative...


January 16, 2015

The past two years have produced a large number of U.S. companies that have undergone initial public offerings (IPOs)...


November 11, 2014

Pay policies continue to receive attention due to the combination of required shareholder votes on executive compensation and increased public scrutiny. Decisions surrounding executive compensation are now a central focus because shareholders now have a vote on the topic. As a result, the relationships between companies and their compensation consultants have...


November 9, 2014

Chief operating officers (COOs) fill the essential role of managing the company’s day-to-day operations while also communicating critical information to chief executive officers (CEOs). While there is no singularly agreed-upon description of what this role entails across various company types, the effectiveness of a COO is nonetheless vital to the...


May 27, 2014

During the 2014 proxy season, U.S. public companies have had, on average, results that are consistent with last year’s Say on Pay votes, with nearly three-fourths of the companies in the Russell 3000 receiving greater than 90% shareholder approval...


May 5, 2014

Companies face increasing scrutiny from shareholders to showcase how their CEO compensation plans are tied to company performance and shareholder value...


April 21, 2014

Equity is the primary vehicle for compensating top executives and tying their interests to those of shareholders. While equity provides an attractive and often less costly non-cash compensation component for companies, it still carries a cost to shareholders in the form of dilution when options are exercised or shares are earned. Proxy advisors, institutional investors, and academics...


April 11, 2014

Over the past eight years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The New York Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on compensation, professional history, and wealth events for executives of publicly-traded companies. Additional information on executive connections, board service...


April 7, 2014

The energy industry is a profoundly important pillar of the Canadian economy and was directly responsible for 9.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2012. Other energy-intensive industries in the country (such as aluminum production) depend on easy access to cheap fuel. Canada’s generous energy resource endowment should help ensure that the energy industry is a key growth...


April 2014

Over the past eight years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The New York Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on compensation, professional history, and wealth events for executives of publicly-traded companies. Additional information on executive...


March 19, 2014

Many companies provide for the accelerated vesting of equity previously granted to their executive officers in connection with a change in control (CIC) of the company. Such acceleration usually takes place either immediately upon the consummation of an ownership change (single trigger), or is conditional upon the executive’s termination within...


February 12, 2014

The disclosure of peer groups used to benchmark executive pay is an important component of public compensation disclosure. It enables companies to show that pay is based on market practices and comparable to that of similar companies. Though, the use of peer groups is scrutinized by institutional investors and proxy advisors alike. With voluntary...


February 3, 2014

A company in search of a new CFO must decide whether to fill its vacancy by promoting a current employee or by hiring an external candidate. The decision depends on a number of factors, including the suitability of internal successors, compensation, and whether the company needs to significantly alter its strategic direction...


January 7, 2014

Pay policies continue to receive attention due to the combination of required shareholder votes on executive compensation and increased public scrutiny. Decisions regarding executive compensation are now a central focus since shareholders now have a vote on the topic. As a result, the relationship between companies and their pay consultants has also drawn...


June 18, 2013

Since its implementation in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act has brought about a host of regulations related to corporate governance, and placed executive compensation under greater scrutiny. One effect of this increased scrutiny is the reframing of the pay and performance discussion, especially as more accurate methods of analyzing compensation and performance...


April 26, 2013

According to the 2012 Equilar S&P 500 CEO Pay Strategies Report, stock and option awards represent approximately 63.0% of the value of a CEO’s total compensation. Analyzing this portion of CEO pay provides insight into the long-term incentives that drive many executives’ decisions. Although equity is a significant percentage of CEO pay, executives often do not receive the full....


April 8, 2013

Over the past seven years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The New York Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on compensation, professional history, and wealth events for executives of publicly-traded companies...


January 29, 2013

In this ever-changing economic and regulatory climate companies face a growing number of legal challenges, increasing the profiles and demands placed on General Counsels. The General Counsel’s role has grown in dimension as companies have an increasing need to manage the mounting legal and regulatory risk present in today’s environment. A top legal officer can be responsible for...



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