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Be careful what you wish for - Simplifying executive pay

Published on: 15 Apr 2016

In a few weeks’ time we expect the Investment Association Working Group to publish proposals for a ‘radical simplification’ of executive pay arrangements

For some years media commentators, investor bodies and some investors have vilified the complexity of pay arrangements for company directors. Simple but effective remuneration is the Holy Grail of the executive remuneration world. But it is not entirely clear what is meant by complexity and it is not certain that this is the real problem.

The real problem as we see it, is not really about complexity, but about making sure that the pay of directors is fair and transparent to the directors themselves, shareholders and to the outside world.

This publication explores the complexity of the real problem and analyses the individual elements of the remuneration package to determine what structure would be best for companies.

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