The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) released its annual top 100 company CEO survey results on Monday 5 September 2011. The release of these results is timely, and complements the Guerdon Associates review published every December (see, for example, HERE
The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) released its annual top 100 company CEO survey results on Monday 5 September 2011.
The release of these results is timely, and complements the Guerdon Associates review published every December (see, for example, HERE).
The ACSI data is based on 2010 financial year disclosures.
This summary focuses on the ACSI findings on a same incumbent basis that is, the differences in pay from one year to the next for people who occupied the same CEO position for two full years. This is the most valid basis for comparison, and matches Guerdon Associates review method (notwithstanding that there are some differences in how pay is measured).
On this basis, there were 57 incumbents in the ACSI sample. Key points include:
- CEOs who are in the job for two or more years generally receive more pay than individuals who are more recently appointed. This is because most new appointments are internal promotions. Internal appointees are of unknown worth as a CEO. In addition, their pay prior to promotion is generally about half that of their predecessor. So boards tend to be conservative on appointment, and wait to see the new CEO prove his/her worth.
The report makes interesting reading, if only to be more familiar with ACSIs interpretation of the data and their evaluation as to what it means. As the representative body of $300 billion in industry superannuation fund assets, ACSI has a significant influence on, and/or represents, an influential investment community. However, by itself, their report does not provide enough detail for most boards to arrive at a judgment as to what is a suitable pay adjustment, if any, tailored for their own CEO.
The ACSI report can be found HERE© Guerdon Associates 2023 Back to all articles