Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Danielle M. Knott
In the past decade, public scrutiny surrounding rising levels of executive compensation has led to more stringent independence requirements for compensation committees. However, there is little research studying the effects of compensation committees on executive pay from the time these new requirements were implemented. My paper studies the effects of compensation committee chair personal ties to the CEO, economic interests, and group committee characteristics on both the level and structure of CEO compensation. My findings suggest that certain committee chair personal ties to the CEO are associated with both a higher level of CEO compensation and a higher percentage of CEO salary compensation. I also find that the more compensation committee chairs are paid, the less likely they are to create CEO pay plans with strong incentive provisions, but the more likely they are to increase the level of total CEO compensation. The higher the committee chair’s ownership percentage is in the company, the less likely they are to create low-risk CEO pay plans, and the more likely they are to increase the level of total CEO compensation.
Knott, Danielle M., "Friends in High Places: Measuring the Effects of Compensation Committee Characteristics on CEO Pay Packages in 2013" (2015). CMC Senior Theses. 1050.