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Paul Hodgson

Paul Hodgson is widely considered one of the foremost authorities in the field of executive compensation, having researched and written about the subject for more than 20 years. His opinions are widely sought and he regularly appears in major print and broadcast media as well as speaking at conferences and seminars. Mr. Hodgson is working as a freelance journalist for "Responsible Investor" and for "Motley Fool" as well as an independent governance commentator and undertaking contract work for governance research firm BHJ Partners. Until recently he was GMI Ratings’ Chief Research Analyst. He joined The Corporate Library in 2001 and was the chief architect of the executive and director compensation databases there, and the author of most of the company’s published research on compensation as well as other areas of governance. Mr. Hodgson oversaw compensation data collection and was responsible for the input and design of all The Corporate Library’s, and now GMI Ratings’, compensation products, ratings and services. He was also the chief author on GMI’s award winning blog and continues to be a regular contributor to Forbes.com. Prior to joining The Corporate Library in 2001, he worked for The Executive Compensation Review (ECR), published by Incomes Data Services (IDS) in London. Joining as a researcher on IDS’s Management Pay Review, he became the Assistant Editor of the Executive Compensation Review in 1995. While there he was responsible for building up and designing the ECR’s executive compensation research program, as well as writing and researching the influential Directors' Pay Report series. Mr. Hodgson was also elected the National Union of Journalists’ Father of Chapel at the firm. He is the author of numerous books and research reports on executive pay for GMI Ratings, The Corporate Library, Incomes Data Services and Remuneration Economics. These include Pay for Failure, Pay for Success, Executive Share Incentives: Policy and Practice, The Directors’ Pay Report, My Big Fat Corporate Loan, Golden Parachutes & Cushion Landings and Golden Hellos. He has also had articles published in numerous journals, including ‘Fortune’, ‘Business Week’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘Reuters’, 'Responsible Investor’, ‘Bloomberg’, ‘Business Week’, ‘Forbes’, ‘Directorship’, ‘Ivey Business Journal’, ‘Corporate Secretary Magazine’ and ‘Directors and Boards’. His most recent book was Building Value Through Compensation, a title in the CCH Board Perspectives series. Mr. Hodgson is a graduate of Durham University (U.K.) and University College, Cardiff, Wales. Google

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Why Narcissistic CEO Make More Money, But Are Bad for Business

A new study finds that narcissist CEOs are paid more than modest CEOs, and not because their firms perform better.

Mon Jun 16

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Is Executive Pay Out of Control? Meet 4 CEOs Whose Pay Went Up More Than 1,000%

We all know there is a lot of volatility in CEO pay, but increases of more than 1,000% are still pretty rare. These four companies: Zulily, LinkedIn, Splunk and Och-Ziff show how it's done. Themes? IPOs and founder CEOs.

Tue Jun 10

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3 High-Paid CEOs You’ve Never Heard Of

Three examples of highly paid CEOs prove that fame is not a prerequisite of an eight-figure pay package.

Thu May 29

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Why CEO Pay for Media Companies Is on the Rise

Media CEOs are among the highest paid in the U.S., but it's not because they're better. The industry is.

Wed May 21

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JPMorgan Shareholders Unhappy About CEO Pay

While a majority of shareholders supported executive pay at the bank, a substantial minority were unhappy with CEO Jamie Dimon's big pay raise in a year when the bank delivered a large amount of bad news.

Thu May 15

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Why Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson Shouldn't Have Sold All of His Stock Options

Herbalife CEO just sold 250,000 stock options, which brings up a larger question: Should a CEO be forced to retain some of his stock options to keep his interests aligned with that of his company?

Wed May 14

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How Shareholders Could Force Chipotle to Lower Co-CEOs' Pay

With an impressive array of large shareholders signaling their intention to vote against executive pay at the company, Chipotle may have to change its ways.

Tue May 13

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Why Shareholders Are Upset About Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs' Pay

Qualcomm's CEO earned twice as much as the CEO of peer company Cisco Systems, but delivered half the revenues. Shareholders might be left wondering why.

Wed May 7

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Target Board's Secret Succession Plan: Hire Korn Ferry

Never mind a new CEO, how about a new Target board, as one more boardroom misstep calls into question directors' effectiveness at the retailer.

Thu May 1

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Coke Bows to Minority Pressure to Amend its Equity Plan

Although Coca-Cola's controversial equity plan passed at the annual meeting last week, it would appear that the company is revisiting it to bring it more in line with shareholder expectations. Exclusive access to two major shareholders and Coke bring [more]

Wed Apr 30

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Why Shareholders Are Unhappy About Domino's and Chipotle Executive Pay

Shareholders at Domino's just voted in large numbers against CEO pay there despite great stock price performance, and it looks like the same fate awaits Chipotle at its annual meeting on May 12.

Sat Apr 19

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Did Marissa Mayer's Pay Go Up or Down?

It's all over the news today that Marissa Mayer's pay went down in 2013. Well, it depends on how you calculate it. My calculations show take-home pay up by 300%.

Sun Mar 23

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Did eBay CEO John Donahoe’s Pay Go Down by 53% or Up by 114%?

Depending on how you look at it, eBay CEO John Donahoe's pay went down by 53% or up by 114%. Details below.

Thu Mar 20

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Steve Wynn’s Salary Takes a Major Hit in Restructured Executive Pay Plan

Pay improvements for Wynn Resorts' CEO Stephen Wynn and other executives come as the company holds only its second Say on Pay vote.

Wed Feb 12

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A Lot to Like in Intel’s New Executive Compensation Plan -- But Not Everything

Many of the changes to Intel's executive compensation practices are to be commended, but its performance stock plan still falls short of best practice.

Thu Jan 16

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Firing of COO Henrique de Castro Shows Yahoo! Needs to Start Home-growing its Talent

Sometimes new hires don't work out. And sometimes these mistakes are very expensive for shareholders.

Wed Jan 15

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For Clear Channel CEO Robert Pittman, Not Just Any Private Jet Will Do

Clear Channel not only guarantees its CEO a jet, it makes sure he gets the best one in the fleet.

Tue Jan 14

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The $22.5 Million Question: Was Fifth & Pacific’s CEO Fired or Did He Resign?

Why is it CEOs never just resign? Because that way the golden parachute would stay folded up in the pack.

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Time Warner Cable Rejects Latest Charter Bid

Time Warner Cable's board turns out to be as bad as the infamous John Malone/Liberty Media-controlled Charter Communications' board. So much for governance in the cable bidding war.

Fri Jan 10

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Are EA Executives Too Focused on Stock Price?

EA executives are being accused of artificially inflating the company's stock price with an overconfident release of its latest version of Battlefield. Is there something about compensation design that might have made this more or less likely?

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