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Archive – 2013

December 19, 2013 – Forbes.com – “Larry vs. Larry: Oracle CEO Pay vs. Google CEO Pay”

Robin A. Ferracone discusses why in the say-on-pay contest of Larry vs. Larry, investors have cast their votes in favor of Page over Ellison.

December 17, 2013 – Bloomberg Businessweek- “Misleading CEO Pay-for-Performance Numbers Targeted by SEC Rule”

Farient Advisors provides data and expert commentary for a Bloomberg Businessweek analysis of how pay definitions such as realizable and realized pay are being used by companies.

November 26, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “Backdating Scandal Carried Steep Legal Costs”

Robin A. Ferracone provides expert commentary on how legal cases stemming from alleged stock-option backdating changed how stock options are granted.

November 2013 – Workspan Magazine – “The Legacy of Executive Compensation: The People, Events and Developments that Made the Profession What it­ is­ Today”

Farient CEO Robin A. Ferracone was part of an esteemed panel of industry leaders interviewed for this magazine feature on the executive compensation consulting profession. 

September 20, 2013 – NACD Directors Daily – “Farient Advisors CEO Robin Ferracone Named to 2013 NACD Directorship 100 List

NACD spotlights Robin A. Ferracone’s election to the 2013 Directorship 100 list in its e-newsletter.

September 18, 2013 – CFO Magazine – “SEC Goes Ahead with Hated Pay Ratio Rule”

Gary Hourihan weighs in on the SEC’s proposal requiring companies to disclose the ratio between the CEO’s total compensation and the median total compensation for all other company employees.

September 2013 – Workspan Magazine – “Choosing the Right Performance Metrics

Eric Hoffman and Brian Bueno co-author a column discussing how the performance metrics that drive incentive programs can enhance shareholder value, and support the alignment between pay and performance.

August 24, 2013 – San Jose Mercury News – “Those who help decide what the boss is worth”

Robin A. Ferracone discusses the executive compensation consulting industry with reporter Patrick May for the paper’s annual feature on CEO pay in the Bay Area.

August 5, 2013 – Agenda – “Is the Freeze on Bank Boards’ Pay Thawing?”

Kristin Gribben speaks with Robin A. Ferracone about whether board pay at financial services firms will rise as their performance improves.

August 2, 2013 – Corporate Secretary – “Compensation debate to build as SEC readies pay ratio rule”

Robin A. Ferracone outlines why the the ratio would be difficult for investors to interpret.

July 22, 2013 – Agenda – “Want To Sell Your Shares? Not So Fast”

Robin A. Ferracone provides expert commentary on the trend of boards requiring directors to hold company stock even after they’ve left the board.

July 10, 2013 – Forbes.com – “How Johnson & Johnson Revamped Its Executive Pay Practices”

In her Forbes.com article, Robin A. Ferracone spotlights how three companies revamped their pay practices for the 2013 proxy season.

June 17, 2013 – Agenda – “Groupon Gets Creative With Peer Group”

Robin A. Ferracone discusses the benefits of using static financial metrics that are indicative of a company’s business model when determining peer groups.

June 3, 2013 – Agenda – “How Not to Overpay for Outside CEOs”

Gary Hourihan provides expert commentary on the best compensation structure when hiring an outside CEO.

May 28, 2013 – Compliance Week – “Shareholders Are Setting Sights on Big Targets”

Jack Zwingli discusses the rise of shareholder activism, particularly over executive pay.

May 21, 2013 – Compliance Week – “After Three Years, Why Are Companies Losing Say-on-Pay Votes?”

Robin A. Ferracone and Jack Zwingli weigh in on why plenty of companies are still getting red-lighted on executive pay.

May 15, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “Stock Options Sneak Back Into the Pay Mix – by Another Name”

Farient’s data that nearly half of the companies that issue performance-based stock use shareholder return as a metric is cited in this article.

May 13, 2013 – Agenda – “Stock Buybacks Boost CEO Pay, Fueling Benchmark Debate “

Robin A. Ferracone discusses the use of per-share earnings as a performance metric.

May 6, 2013 – Corporate Secretary – “Irani ouster at Occidental opens path for reforms”

Jack Zwingli provides commentary on how Irani’s ouster points to larger trends in shareholder activism.

May 6, 2013 – Corporate Secretary – “What’s the best way to calculate pay?”

Performance-Adjusted Compensation, Farient’s proprietary method for calculating pay for performance, is highlighted in this feature.

May 5, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “As Companies Step Up Buybacks, Executives Benefit, Too”

Robin A. Ferracone discusses how compensation targets tied to per-share earnings are helping to increase many executives’ pay.

May 3, 2013 – Reuters – “Occidental shareholders vote out long-time chairman Irani”

Jack Zwingli provides expert commentary on Executive Chairman Ray Irani’s ouster from the Occidental board.

April 22, 2013 – Agenda – “Comp Committees Get More Comfortable With Negative Discretion”

Farient VP Dayna Harris discusses how boards are feeling more pressure from shareholders and proxy advisory firms to take the stock price into account when looking at annual year payouts.

April 1, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “Executive Pay-For-Performance Concerns Seen Declining”

Robin A. Ferracone provides expert commentary on why companies are facing fewer concerns about alignment between executive pay and performance this proxy season.

March 25, 2013 – Reuters – “Exclusive: BofA’s Moynihan to hold stock longer in new pay policy”

Jack Zwingli discusses the trend of holding periods, during which executives cannot sell some of the stock they are awarded as compensation.

March 22, 2013 – Forbes.com – “March Madness for CEO Pay”

Robin A. Ferracone and Jack Zwingli predict which industries are most likely to have pay and performance alignment issues in 2013.

March 20, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “‘Pay for Performance’ No Longer a Punchline “

Robin A. Ferracone discusses the importance of goal setting in effectively linking pay with performance.

March 15, 2013 – Corporate Secretary – “Seven principles for pay for performance”

Editor Matthew Scott spoke with Robin A. Ferracone about Farient’s study “Pay Definitions: What Works Best in Pay for Performance Analysis”

March 4, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “Why EU Bonus Limit Can Be Good for Banks “

Robin A. Ferracone provides expert commentary on how new EU rules on bonuses can actually help banks contain costs.

March 4, 2013 – Agenda – “Without Using TSR, How Do You Align Pay With Performance? “

Reporter Kristin Gribben discusses Farient’s study “Performance Metrics and Their Link to Value”

March 3, 2013 – The New York Times – “Swiss Voters Approve a Plan to Severely Limit Executive Compensation “

Robin A. Ferracone discusses whether stricter rules on compensation in Switzerland will force businesses to leave the country.

February 21, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal – “Citi Awards CEO $11.5 Million in Pay “

Robin A. Ferracone provides expert commentary on steps Citigroup took after it received a say-on-pay “no” vote in 2012.

February 7, 2013 – Forbes.com – “Think Your Annual Review was Tough? See How CEOs Performance is Evaluated”

In her column on Forbes.com, Robin A. Ferracone highlights the findings in Farient’s study “Performance Metrics and Their Link to Value.”

February 1, 2013 – Talent Management Magazine – “How to Prepare for a Crisis at the Top”

Gary Hourihan discusses how many companies have begun to tie succession planning to executive compensation and year-end bonus plans.

January 23, 2013 – Directorship – “At Issue: What Is Pay?”

This feature highlights the discussion points from a meeting of experienced directors led by Robin A. Ferracone.