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Executive Compensation in the Age of Populism

BRINK News (April 12) recently interviewed Teresa Bayewitz, Principal in Mercer's Career business in New York, on executive compensation in the age of populism and shareholder activism.  She states that, with increased media attention, the optics of executive compensation and corporate governance are perhaps sharper than they have ever been. She went on to cite a National Association of Corporate Directors survey, which found that 76 percent of boards have discussed whether their compensation practices are driving the right behaviors. "So, the discussion at the board level has moved from not just approving an absolute level of pay," she observes, "but that additional level of concern about whether the incentives in place in the organization are driving the right behaviors for the long-term health of the company."

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