COMPAS Poll/Survey
June 4, 2012

More on CEO Compensation, SOX Committees of Independent Directors, Taxing CEOs, and Shareholder Rights

  Weekly CEO/Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in Canadian Business
Policy and Opinion
Consumer and Lifestyle
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Following the report of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations on stock options, we asked questions about how CEO compensation should be structured, the effectiveness of the SOX-ordained Committee of Independent Directors, and what should be done, if anything, about high compensation.

Over the longer term, the CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS business panel are
  • increasingly favourable to mainly salary-based compensation (table 2.1), and
  • much less convinced than in the past that the SOX required Committee of Independent
Directors will actually protect shareholders against compensation hungry CEOs (table 2.2). Meanwhile there has been a jump in support; albeit still minority support, for discouraging excessive compensation through higher marginal tax rates (table 2.3). Panelists continue to believe in the importance of strong legal rights for shareholders.

These are the key findings from this past week's Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.

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