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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 25, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
A rule passed Tuesday lets investors vote on executive pay as often as once a year. The problem is that companies don't have to abide by the votes. The Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that companies must hold shareholder votes on their executives' pay at least once every three years, and as frequently as every year if shareholders want it. Congress required such "say-on-pay" votes in last year's financial overhaul package but left it to the SEC to work out the timing and other details.
April 27, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 26, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings received about $5.5 million in total compensation last year, a 40% drop from 2011, when his package was valued at $9.3 million. But Hastings' salary -- like the company's image -- is on the rebound. He is set to receive $2 million in pay this year, four times what he collected in 2012. His stock option allowance will increase to $2 million; up from $1.5 million last year. Hastings also realized a gain of about $8.4 million last year from the exercise of prior years' option grants, according to regulatory filings.
November 10, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Bloomberg News
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 | Associated Press
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.
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