“Pay for Investment”: Looking to the Long Term
The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation 2013-08-12
Today's post considers what might be done in the design of executive pay to encourage commitment by executives to the longer-term interests of their employers.
A very interesting examination into design features in an incentive program that puts emphasis on long-term considerations of executive pay is contained in the proxy statement for Goldman Sachs. (Elements of this program discussed below have been developed by Goldman Sachs over a period of years—the CD&A section of the 2013 proxy statement provides a description of the program.) Following are two interesting aspects of that program.