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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TRENDS
In our unpredictable U.S. economy, executive compensation has become a hot-button issue. Shareholders want compensation tied to long-term financial gains and share prices. Companies looking at an uncertain future are searching for incentives to motivate executive teams. At the same time, boards of directors are eager to retain their top-level talent so their companies can meet the challenges of today’s erratic business environment. The mixture of factors creates a situation where real, fact-based guidance is essential for establishing compensation and securing top executive talent.

According to a recent study conducted by human resources and financial consulting giant Mercer, there is a strong trend toward executive compensation structures based on performance. During an economic downtown, it is not uncommon for companies to reexamine performance metrics. In today’s business environment, many organizations are realigning their compensation scales with financial, strategic and operational benchmarks, in addition to more traditional measures like corporate earnings. Mercer has also noted a re-emergence in stock option repricing due to stressed equity compensation programs that rely on options.

It is also notable that executive compensation has become less uniform, even across similar businesses. Companies are increasingly instituting customized compensation programs based on their specific prioritizes, rather than adhering to standard structures from their industry groups. This has led to a more fragmented landscape for executive compensation where “typical” does not necessarily exist.

It’s an uncertain time with high tensions, but Wyckoff Consulting understands the myriad issues that go into executive compensation. Our team brings decades of experience to executive recruiting and succession, including salary negotiations. We are well connected to the modern business environment through in-depth executive networks  with a diverse client set that crosses many industries. By understanding the trends in today’s marketplace, we are better positioned to not only find your next executives, but also to help you secure their services under mutually appreciated terms.

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