Remuneration committees, CEO compensation, skills: Remuneration committees, CEO compensation, skills and retention

Arifur Khan, Sutharson Kanapathippillai, Steven Dellaportas*

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is threefold: to examine the impact of a remuneration committee (RC) on the level of chief executive officer (CEO) remuneration; whether firms with a RC, pay a premium to CEOs with different skill sets (general or specific); and whether a pay premium mitigates the potential for CEO turnover.
Design/methodology/approach – This study uses a sample of 5,305 firm-year observations on a data set drawn from companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange for the period 2007 to 2014. The authors use ordinary least squares as well as logit regression techniques to test the formulated hypotheses.
Difference in difference and propensity score matching techniques were undertaken to address the endogeneity concerns.
Findings – The findings show that firms with a RC pay a higher total remuneration to CEOs compared to firms without a RC. Furthermore, firms with a RC, value and reward CEOs with general skills by paying a premium not offered to CEOs with industry-specific skills. Paying a premium, in turn, mitigates CEO
turnover by strengthening the CEO’s commitment to the organisation.
Originality/value – The study helps us to understand the critical role played by the RC in the remuneration of CEOs. The findings show that RCs act as an effective governance mechanism to deal with issues of executive remuneration and to retain skilled CEOs. Additionally, CEOs who acquire and develop
general managerial skills will be able to extract higher pay from improved bargaining power. The findings will be of relevance to shareholders, regulators and company management who have an interest in executive pay and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number https://doi.org/10.1108/MEDAR-08-2021-1420
JournalMeditari Accountancy Research
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2023

Keywords

  • CEO compensation
  • CEO retention
  • CEO skills
  • CEO pay premium
  • Remuneration committee

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