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CEO Compensation: Evidence From the Field

Summary Findings | Practitioner Report | Full Academic Paper

Online Seminar

Tuesday, 12 October

16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT 


Alex Edmans (London Business School and ECGI)
Tom Gosling (London Business School)



The study, 'CEO Compensation: Evidence From the Field', surveyed more than 200 directors and 150 investors in FTSE-listed companies. It reveals the dynamics around remuneration of CEOs, including the objectives and constraints facing board directors and professional investors in devising executive pay, as well as the factors determining CEO remuneration. 

Key to the findings are the underlying differences in opinion between directors and investors which may be a root cause for disagreements on pay packages. Investors typically focus on the detail in incentive plans and levels of pay, whereas boards are more focused on getting the right person, and, if they are good, keeping them through competitive pay awards and tailored remuneration packages.

There may also be more consensus on some aspects than thought. Directors are concerned that investors prevent them from tailoring contracts and prefer short-term returns, yet many investors would like directors to tailor and make incentives more long-term. Both investors and some directors support paying the CEO like a long-term owner, i.e. with restricted shares rather than bonuses and long-term incentive plans, which suggests a path forward.

The study findings was presented by the authors during this online seminar, and included a discussion with a Director and an Investor who participated in the survey.



Tuesday, 12 October 2021  | 16:00 BST (17:00 CEST)

Welcome and Introduction 
Moderator/co-author: Tom Gosling,  Executive Fellow, CCG, London Business School and former Partner at PwC

Paper Presentation: CEO Compensation: Evidence From the Field
Alex Edmans, Dirk Jenter, Tom Gosling

Presented by: Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School and Academic Director, CCG; ECGI Fellow

Discussion and Q&A
Deanna Oppenheimer, Founder, CameoWorks and Chair, Hargreaves Lansdown
Beo Yeoh, Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Equities, RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited

Closing Remarks
Moderator/co-author: Tom Gosling,  Executive Fellow, CCG, London Business School and former Partner at PwC



Tuesday, 12 October 2021 | 16:00 BST (17:00 CEST | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT)


Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance
London Business School
Fellow, Research Member


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