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L-Blast | November 2019

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The holidays are upon us and the end of the year is quickly approaching. It has been an interesting year for us here at L&A but in this month of Thanksgiving we reflect on all our blessings and are thankful we can still say we had a succesful year, despite its challenges. This is also a month to honor our veterans and be grateful for their service. A heartfelt thank you to two special L&A veterans – Daniel Wilson and Josh Whittaker.

We have great articles to share with you in this month’s L-Blast. In response to questions we have gotten fromsome of you, the first piece is an L&A article that examines compensation across various industries, noting
similarities and close alignment with regards to executive pay. We hope we have answered your questions and addressed your concerns.

The second piece is regarding ISS’ recently released updates to proxy voting policies. As we head into a new proxy season, we consider it important to share our thoughts and key changes as outlined in ISS’ proxy voting guidelines for 2020. Follow the link on our blog to view the full report from ISS.

The third article is a great read on executive compensation best practices for private companies. It highlights the importance of implementing long-term incentive plans in all companies, regardless of revenue. It notes one
critical rule, which L&A agrees with – that is to ensure plans align with the company’s long-term goals.

Also, our 2020 Energy Pay Pulse Survey opens December 1st, for those of you in the energy sector. This is your opportunity to be a step ahead of the market and gain powerful insights on compensation decisions your competitors are planning to make in the next cycle.

Lastly, we are proud to announce we are the recipient of two important awards that mean a lot to us. This is our tenth year to make the Best Companies to Work for in Texas list! And for the third consecutive year, we are one of Consulting magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms. A sincere thanks to our team and our clients who have made these awards possible!

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving! As always, let us know if there is a particular subject you’d like to learn more about or if you have any questions about the topics covered in this L-Blast.

Sincerely,

Brent Longnecker and the L&A Team


 

Executive Compensation Across Industries

Major components (or “buckets”) of executive compensation are fundamentally similar in publicly traded companies across all industries. We at L&A understand that although similar in function, there are certainly unique characteristics in every company’s respective compensation
philosophy and pay programs. It is, however, worth mentioning that no matter how unique a company may be (i.e. industry), L&A has found more similarity among pay practices within public companies operating in different industries than not.

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ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates for 2020

L&A notes that the direct impact ISS is having continues to be relatively unchanged in 2019. However, going forward into 2020 with new
policy changes in place and the rise in shareholder activism, L&A believes ISS and institutional investors alike will continue to increase pressure
on Compensation Committees. L&A notes that no significant ISS Policy Changes were made surrounding executive compensation for fiscal
2019; however, there are several policy updates for 2020. The policy updates for 2020 that stood out to L&A have been outlined below.

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Executive Compensation 2020: The Most Important Thing Private Companies Should Do Now

Compensation is one of the most strategic tools companies have at their disposal to attract top-notch talent, retain best performing executives and motivate the leadership team to achieve their objectives. In this era of near-record low unemployment and constant disruption, talent strategies are critical to success.
Yet, while most private companies spend a significant amount of money on executive compensation, they are not spending it optimally, according to Chief Executive’s annual compensation research of more than 1,500 companies.

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OPENS DECEMBER 1st

Want to know what compensation decisions your competitors are planning to make in the future? Keep your finger on the market’s pulse by participating in Longnecker & Associates’ 2020 Energy Pay Pulse Survey. The survey will capture compensation data in the following areas:

  • Salary increases
  • Employee headcount
  • Anticipated bonus payouts
  • Long-term incentive awards
  • Severance treatment

The survey is scheduled to launch on December 1st, and final survey results will be available in January.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PARTICIPATE »


L&A Honors Our Veterans

L&A proudly honors all veterans who have selflessly served our great country. In particular, we would like to recognize two special veterans who are members of the L&A team – Daniel Wilson and Josh Whittaker.

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE!

L&A Wins Two Important Awards

We are very excited to be the recipients of these two awards – Best Companies to Work for in Texas and Consulting® Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms. Read all about it on our blog.

BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN TEXAS »

CONSULTING’S FASTEST GROWING FIRMS »



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