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The Significance of Index Tenure and the 2008 Financial Crisis

By: Sophie Langlois

The Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) has tracked CEO pay and performance alignment for firms on the S&P/TSX Composite Index (TSX Index) since 2004. Overall, data shows that CEO pay and share performance move in the same direction in the long-term. This trend is, however, less apparent in the short-term. To better understand pay and performance alignment in the short-term, this report focuses on a crucial observation period: the 2008 financial crisis; a year where total average TSR of the TSX Index plunged to -32%.

In an era of increased shareholder scrutiny enhanced by the introduction of corporate governance practices such as, “Say on Pay,” this paper examines patterns in CEO pay and performance alignment in the short-term and whether tenure on the S&P/TSX Composite Index influences compensation behavior. For the purposes of this report, CCBE looked specifically at how TSX Index boards reacted to the 2008 financial crisis. How did long-tenured firms align their CEO pay with financial performance relative to short-tenured firms and firms with eventual-tenure?


Publication can be found here.


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Say on Pay: the SEC’s New Rule

The SEC announced today a rule requiring corporations publicly traded in the US to hold non-binding “Say on Pay” votes at least once every three years. As is already the case in the UK, where Say on Pay has been mandatory since 2004, this move provides investors with an opportunity to formally voice concerns over problematic executive pay packages. After 6 years, engagement between boards and shareholders in the UK has increased in frequency and sophistication and has ultimately improved disclosure around executive pay (see “Say on Pay, 6 Years on: Lessons From the UK Experience”). It remains unclear, however, if Say on Pay will have a long-term impact on pay/performance alignment. This is also true in Canada, where an increasing number of publicly traded corporations are voluntarily adopting Say on Pay.

CCBE will be monitoring the impact of US Say on Pay closely in coming years.

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