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CEO Pay: A Middle Market Perspective, presented to the Minneapolis-St. Paul NASPP Chapter on March 27, 2014.
Executive compensation has continued to evolve in recent years. Companies are increasingly required to balance the need for competitive pay with the need to respond to increased scrutiny, particularly with regard to the relationship between pay and performance.
To provide some insight and perspective, Buck Consultants has recently completed a study of executive compensation practices and trends in the middle market. In this study, Buck analyzed total direct compensation for Chief Executive Officers in companies listed on the S&P 400 MidCap Index.
In this presentation, we will discuss our findings with regard to both current practices and trends for CEO pay in these Mid-Cap companies. Because long-term incentives typically comprised the largest portion of executive compensation, our study focused on prevalence, mix, usage and design of equity vehicles. Finally, we will look at governance issues, including corporate governance concerns and the degree of alignment between pay and performance.