Executive pay

CEO pay at public companies crosses $10M mark

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a chief executive of a typical large public company rose above eight figures for the first time last year, an increase of 8.8 percent from 2012.
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Executive pay continues on upswing

May 24, 2014
Dan Human
The median senior executive collected $923,705 in salary, stock or stock options, incentive pay and perks in 2013, IBJ found in a review of proxy statements at 64 companies.The median compensation rose 20 percent from 2012 and doubled since 2006.
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Hospitals might limit executives' pay hikes after run of big increases

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
Before local hospitals slashed staff and expenses last year, they had been boosting the pay packages of their top executives faster than hospitals around the country. Seven of every 10 senior executives at the major hospital systems in Indianapolis saw their total compensation rise more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2012.
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Option grant lifts compensation for Angie's List's Oesterle

April 14, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Stock options accounted for the biggest chunk of the CEO's compensation. Their value will depend on the company's future stock performance.
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UPDATE: Simon Property wins dismissal of CEO pay suit

April 10, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group won't have to face a lawsuit alleging it improperly barred investors from voting on an executive-pay plan that resulted in a $120 million stock award to CEO David Simon. Public documents released Thursday show Simon made about $16 million last year.
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Big health care insurers bulk up executive pay

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish wasn't the only health insurance exec making big bucks last year. Aetna Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini saw his total compensation more than double, to top $30 million.
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WellPoint CEO lands nearly $17M in first year

April 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Compensation for Joe Swedish included $4.1 million in perks, such as $3.8 million he would have received in his previous job, $79,000 in relocation expenses, and $82,000 for his legal fees from contract negotiations.
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Lilly CEO got 10-percent pay boost last year

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Lilly CEO John Lechleiter was paid $11.2 million in salary, bonus, stock and perks last year, according to Lilly's proxy statement filed Monday morning. That represented a 10-percent increase over his take in 2012.
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ExactTarget's current and former CFOs depart firm

March 11, 2014
Dan Human
Steve Collins and Traci Dolan, who both have served as ExactTarget's chief financial officer, have departed the recently acquired company.
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Simon amends plan for CEO's controversial $154M bonus

January 3, 2014
Mason King
Simon Property Group has tied CEO David Simon's $154 million retention bonus to the financial performance of the company, but plaintiffs in a related legal action are not satisfied.
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SEC targets misleading CEO pay-for-performance

December 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
The inconsistent measures that companies use to disclose CEO pay is the newest battleground in executive compensation. As the SEC works on a rule to require pay-for-performance reports, it also plans to end the wide latitude enjoyed by firms when they compute the numbers.
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Simon’s board wrongfully denied CEO pay vote, lawyers argue

October 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group directors improperly refused to let shareholders vote on changes to the company's executive-compensation plan that resulted in a $120 million stock award to CEO David Simon, investors' lawyers argued Monday in court.
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Citizens' CEO grilled on pay in rate-increase hearing

July 29, 2013
Dan Human
State utility regulators kicked off a week-long hearing Monday on a proposed water rate increase for Indianapolis residents by putting the CEO of Citizens Energy Group on the hot seat.
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Citizens Energy quizzed on exec pay levelsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group has enjoyed a certain amount of public good will over the last 125 years as a not-for-profit, charitable trust. But rising incentive pay to the trust’s top brass recently has conjured up images of an investor-owned utility—and the scrutiny of regulators.
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Firms ladle trips, car allowances on top of rich pay packagesRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Dan Human
Senior executives at Indiana's public companies last year received, on average, more in perks than the typical Hoosier earned all year, IBJ found after reviewing Securities and Exchange Commission documents for more than 60 Indiana companies.
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Ball State president among nation's highest paid

May 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
BSU's Jo Ann Gora was the fifth-highest-paid public college president in the United States during the 2011-12 academic year, according to a new survey released Monday.
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Pence salary of $111K highest for Indiana governor

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Pence's annual salary of $111,687 is the highest ever for an Indiana governor, due to a law that boosts the salary of the state's chief executive at the beginning of every term.
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Lawsuit over Simon's bonus may expose board's mindset

March 9, 2013
Greg Andrews
The $120 million retention bonus that Simon Property Group Inc.’s board awarded David Simon two years ago has spawned a bitter legal battle in Delaware that promises to shed fascinating light on the inner workings of the board.
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Marsh to call former CEO as first witness

February 4, 2013
Scott Olson
The lead lawyer for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. expects to call Don Marsh as its first witness when the civil trial against him reconvenes Tuesday. The grocery chain alleges that the former CEO used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Citizens Energy CEO Lykins enjoys big pay boostRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group—a not-for-profit, public charitable trust—doubled its size last year with its $1.9 billion purchase of the city’s water and sewer utilities last year. It also doubled the pay of CEO Carey Lykins.
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Six BrightPoint execs to share $31M golden parachute

August 22, 2012
Dan Human
Brightpoint Inc. CEO Robert Laikin stands to receive $14.1 million after his company is acquired by Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ingram Micro Inc., say SEC documents released this week.
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Simon Property directors sued over CEO’s pay

August 8, 2012
Bloomberg News
The board of the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner wrongfully authorized a compensation package for CEO David Simon that included $120 million in special stock awards, a Louisiana pension fund claimed in the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Greg Andrews
IBJ's annual review of proxy statements for Indiana public companies found senior executives' median compensation rose 14 percent in 2011. But that analysis uses the fair market value of stock and options awards on the date they were granted. If a company's stock price surges, executives can make out far better. (with searchable database)
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Typical CEO at public firm made $9.6M last year, study finds

May 25, 2012
Associated Press
Study that pegs Simon Property's CEO as highest-paid finds executive compensation is soaring along with profit at public companies.
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Shareholder group advises against Simon CEO bonus pay

May 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is firing back at a corporate governance advisory firm that has recommended Simon shareholders vote against an employment agreement for CEO David Simon that includes a $120 million retention award.
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