In the wake of a recession blamed largely on Wall Street, boards need to act. But reducing executive pay shouldn’t
be their primary objective.
Top executives at Indiana's public companies have largely been insulated from the economic crash. IBJ's
review of executive pay found that, although 131 of the 238 executives listed in proxy statements the past two years saw annual
compensation fall in 2009, only 10 experienced cuts of more than $1 million.
CEO Donald Brown saw a 32.4-percent increase in total compensation last year as the software-maker's shares soared 169
Stock options, bonus fuels CEO's pay.
James Prieur’s total compensation fell 5 percent last year to $3.3 million, but other Conseco executives saw pay hikes between
25 percent and 54 percent.
David Simon’s $4.6 million in total compensation last year was $1.2 million more than in 2008. The rest of his management
team’s pay declined or remained flat.
The Carmel-based for-profit educator paid CEO Kevin M. Modany $7.6 million in total compensation last year, a 63-percent increase over 2008. And the rest of his management team all enjoyed pay increases of 45 percent or more.
CEO Mark Comerford’s $1.46 million in total compensation in fiscal 2009 was nearly double Francis Petro’s pay the previous
year—even though the company’s revenue dropped 31 percent in the same period.
Indianapolis-based machine toolmaker’s CEO takes 63-percent compensation cut.
Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based
firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet
many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.
Former ATA Airlines employees are trying to comb the wreckage of the bankrupt carrier, looking to grab their financial belongings
before managers and lenders cart off what little is left. Pilots and flight attendants are opposing retention bonuses for
managers who will spend the next several months turning out the lights of the 35-year-old carrier.
Eli Lilly and Co. stock has returned just 1 percent per year in the nine years since CEO Sidney Taurel took office. Meanwhile,
Taurel has taken home $44 million in pay and been given stock options valued at $114 million more. But most Lilly shareholders
aren’t raising a call for Taurel to hit the trail.