E-Mails: Equilar Board Pay Article Release

Project scope: This e-mail went out to all Equilar clients and prospective clients to promote the release of a report with data on corporate board member pay for 2011. The e-mail was intended to utilize key data points from the report to encourage users to download the full report.

Despite Recession, Board Pay Still Rises

Hi [name],
Board member pay was on the rise before the recession hit in 2008—has it continued to go up, or has the economic turmoil negatively affected directors’ compensation? Our new article examines S&P 500 director compensation from 2008 to 2010. Some of our findings:

  • Annual board-level fees rose 5.3 percent, from a median of $190,000 in 2008 to a median of $200,000 in 2010.
  • The prevalence of stock units grew 13.4 percent from 2008 to 2010, while the prevalence of options declined by 25.8 percent in the same period.
  • Board meeting fees are on the decline, falling from 46.9 percent prevalence in 2008 to 39.1 percent prevalence in 2010.

The full article is complimentary on Equilar’s website—click here to view it.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your time.

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