December 18, 1996 |
A Walt Disney Co. shareholder called for the entertainment firm's board to review executive compensation policies in the wake of the $90-million severance package to be paid to Michael Ovitz. Progressive Asset Management, an Oakland-based brokerage firm specializing in socially responsible investing, said it will introduce a resolution at Disney's shareholder meeting Feb. 25 asking the board to link executive compensation more closely to financial performance.
May 29, 1994
Executive compensation consultants Pearl Meyer & Partners say chief executives got a meager 1% raise in 1993, the smallest in years. Still, their pay wasn't exactly paltry. The average CEO earned $3.45 million in salary, bonus, long-term incentives and the present value of stock options granted, according to the firm. And total executive pay has risen 22% since 1990.
May 2, 2012
Re "Tuition costs prompt hunger strikes," April 29 California State University spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp says the students planning hunger strikes to protest excessive executive compensation don't understand the issues. It is the university that seems not to understand the issues. I am a Cal State faculty member, and as such it is important to me that people understand that the university leadership does not represent the thousands of faculty and staff of Cal State. We stand with the students against excessive executive compensation.
January 4, 2010 |
Arecent Time magazine poll found that 71% of Americans who responded want the government to place limits on the executive compensation at firms that received bailout money. Yet accomplishing this task selectively is impossible to do. The government did appoint a czar of executive compensation for these corporations, but he approved a $7-million salary/$3.5-million bonus plan for the head of AIG, 80% of which is now owned by taxpayers. Few workers, executives included, would agree to work for less than the going rate.
April 14, 2012 |
"Two Broke Girls" and one rich CEO. CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves vaulted to the top of the media pay ladder in 2011 with a compensation package valued at $69.9 million, according to documents filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 62-year-old executive's package jumped 21% over the $57.7 million that he reaped in 2010. For the last two years, Moonves has received bonuses of $27.5 million. Moonves' base salary was $3.5 million. Last year, he also received nearly $8.5 million in stock and options awards valued at $27.3 million.
April 27, 2012 |
Calls for reforming Wall Street pay packages reverberated across Washington and the financial district following the disclosure that 50 Lehman Bros. employees were awarded nearly $700 million in the year before the investment bank collapsed. Lawmakers and other experts said disclosure at major banks and other financial institutions should be beefed up significantly, in part to spotlight potential risks that employees may be taking in their pursuit of super-sized paychecks. The Times reported Friday that dozens of lesser-known traders and others at Lehman were allotted pay ranging from $8.2 million to $51.3 million in 2007, including one person who earned more than the chief executive and 42 people who were awarded at least $10 million.
November 10, 2004 |
Walt Disney Co. directors rejected Michael Ovitz's request for a $50-million signing bonus as part of his 1995 agreement to join the company as its second in command, an executive compensation expert testified Tuesday. Graef "Bud" Crystal, who advised Disney's board about executives' pay packages starting in 1984, told Delaware Chancery Court Judge William B.
December 24, 2003 |
Delta Air Lines Inc. is canceling executive bonuses for this year and reconsidering its compensation program for high-ranking officials as it works to allay lingering employee resentment over lavish pay and perks for top executives. The moves come as the airline seeks salary cuts from its pilots. Incoming Chief Executive Gerald Grinstein said in a memo to Delta employees that he realized executive compensation was a controversial issue at the company.
August 12, 2005 |
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox said investors should have better access to data on executive pay packages so they could make comparisons among companies.