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.
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.
January 12, 2002 |
Polaroid Corp. has withdrawn a controversial executive compensation plan from the agenda of a bankruptcy court hearing Tuesday and said it's reworking the plan after criticism from retirees and workers. Polaroid had indicated it would revise the plan after a bankruptcy judge postponed consideration of all but $1.55 million in payments during a December hearing. The original package could have provided more than $5 million to top executives.
March 1, 2004 |
A year ago, SBC Communications Inc. successfully blocked shareholder resolutions that sought to link executive pay to performance, arguing that the measures would scare away talent and hurt the telecom giant's competitiveness. SBC has since changed its mind and is implementing a new executive compensation system. One reason for the change: independent board director James Henderson. Henderson, the new head of the board's executive compensation committee, decided that shareholders had a point.
November 28, 2004
Regarding "CalPERS to Urge Curbs in Execs' Pay," Nov. 16: It is heartening to have the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System take an aggressive step to control excessive executive compensation. Its decision to invest in companies that have superior pay-for-performance practices provides a good model that one hopes will be emulated by other boards of directors. This is a proactive way to address the widening pay gap in our nation's corporations, which in many cases has reached scandalous proportions.