July 1, 2008 Executive Compensation Executive & Director Pay Design Articles

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Compensation Committee Best Practices for Today’s Environment Navigating the Storm

“Storm conditions” on the executive compensation front make it particularly important for a company’s Board to be proactive and make decisions from a position of strength.

To explore what Boards, Compensation Committees, and their advisors are thinking and doing, Agenda recently hosted a roundtable discussion by a select panel of Board members and compensation advisors. Blair Jones, a Semler Brossy Managing Principal, participated on the panel.

The discussion (captured in the report, “Navigating the Storm”) focused on compensation philosophy and the application of best practices ” particularly timely, given the press spotlight coinciding with significant regulatory, legislative, and economic pressures. Effective navigation starts with a compensation philosophy laying out key principles as a foundation for setting goals and rewards and taking necessary actions to ensure the creation and protection of shareholder value.

Actions driven by a set of shared principles, coupled with open lines of communication, will serve a board well – ensuring it can proactively and effectively address problems and take action with conviction, appropriately balancing and responding to internal and external pressures.

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Blair Jones

This article was originally published in Agenda.

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