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Executive Compensation Bulletin: Why CEO pay disclosures can be misleading — the example of Singapore

Total Rewards|Compensation Strategy & Design|Executive Compensation
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December 19, 2018

CEO pay can be a sensitive subject and a quick review of pay disclosures focused on the numbers can be misleading and may not reflect the true value delivered to executives. This article shares some common perceptions regarding CEO pay in Singapore (and often elsewhere) and presents analyses to corroborate or dispel them.

CEO pay can be a sensitive subject. Annual report disclosures and media reports fuel concerns over “run-away” executive compensation. However, this is a complex issue that warrants further attention. In most cases, a quick review of pay disclosures focused on the numbers can be misleading and may not reflect the true value delivered to executives.

Willis Towers Watson analyzed pay disclosures among the largest 120 listed companies in Singapore over the past five years. This article shares some of the common perceptions regarding CEO pay in Singapore (and often elsewhere) and presents analyses to corroborate or dispel the perceptions which we’ve labeled as “busted”, “proven” or “plausible”.

Read our new Executive Compensation Bulletin for full details of our analysis and assessment by clicking on “DOWNLOAD PDF” above or below.

Authors

Grace Wu
Willis Towers Watson
Singapore

Shai Ganu
Managing Director, Talent & Rewards business
Willis Towers Watson

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