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UK: Tesco investors attack executive bonus plan
by Karen AttwoodThe Independent
June 30th, 2007
Anger is mounting over a new bonus scheme at Tesco that will reward chief executive Sir Terry Leahy with a £11.5m windfall if the supermarket group's US venture Fresh & Easy succeeds.

US: Executive Pay: A Special Report. More Pieces. Still a Puzzle.
by Eric DashNew York Times
April 8th, 2007
In response to a barrage of criticism that regulators have not kept up with the complexities of swelling pay packages, the Securities and Exchange Commission now requires corporate America to disclose details of executive compensation more fully. As this yearís proxies pour in, they are packed with fresh information aimed at making pay more transparent. Of course, it also is a lot more confusing.

GERMANY: Siemens chief says corruption scandal won't delay next strategic plan
by Mark Landler and Carter DoughertyHerald Trribune
February 27th, 2007
Even as Siemens has reported buoyant financial results ó thanks in part to Kleinfeld's overhaul of its operations ó it has been hit with a fast-expanding corruption scandal that threatens to sink its reputation.

US: Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
by Richard CummingsPlayboy.com
January 16th, 2007
If you think the Iraq war hasn't worked out very well for anyone, think again. Defense contractors such as Lockheed are thriving. And no wonder: Here's the story how Lockheed's interests- as opposed to those of the American citizenry- set the course of U.S. policy after 9/11.

US: Pentagon Spends Billions to Outsource Torture
by Joshua HollandAlternet
September 14th, 2006
The thousands of mercenary security contractors employed in the Bush administration's "War on Terror" are billed to American taxpayers, but they've handed Osama Bin Laden his greatest victories -- public relations coups that have transformed him from just another face in a crowd of radical clerics to a hero of millions in the global South (posters of Bin Laden have been spotted in largely Catholic Latin America during protests against George W. Bush).

US: Who Signed Off on Those Options?
by Eric DashThe New York Times
August 27th, 2006
As Silicon Valley companies competed for top talent during the heady days of the dot-com boom ó luring stars with plump signing bonuses and the most highly prized manna of all, stock options ó Mercury Interactive, a highflying software concern, joined the fray with gusto.

US: Belated Apologies in Proxy Land
by Gretchen MorgensonThe New York Times
August 20th, 2006
Let us now praise a mutual fund company that actually voted in its customersí interests when casting annual proxy votes this spring. And let us now rebuke the corporate executives who didnít bother responding to letters from the fund companyís chairman detailing its views.

US: Creditors: Dana execs' bonus plan could spur pension cuts
by Joseph RebelloAssociated Press
August 14th, 2006
Dana Corp. creditors said the company's latest plan to reward six top executives would allow them to reap a "windfall" if they were to get Dana to cut workers' retirement benefits.

US: Options Brought Riches and Now Big Trouble
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
July 25th, 2006
It was stock options that made Gregory L. Reyes, the former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems, very rich, and now it is abuse of options that may send him to prison.

US: Study Finds Backdating of Options Widespread
by Stephanie SaulThe New York Times
July 17th, 2006
More than 2,000 companies appear to have used backdated stock options to sweeten their top executivesí pay packages, according to a new study that suggests the practice is far more widespread than previously disclosed.

US: Many Executives' Paychecks Swelled
by Terence O'HaraThe Washington Post
July 10th, 2006
An analysis of 282 local executives at 109 area companies who have had the same title from 2003 until the end of 2005 showed that merely sticking around gives an executive an excellent chance of getting a raise, sometimes a big one. In many cases, raises are dictated by employment contracts or other compensation practices that have nothing to do with an executive's job performance and are often divorced from the kind of market logic that dictates how most people are paid.

FRANCE: France's shareholder revolt
by Henri AstierBBC
June 29th, 2006

US: Apollo Group Receives Subpoena for Stock Options Records
Bloomberg News
June 20th, 2006
Apollo Group Inc., a for-profit education company whose schools include the University of Phoenix, said yesterday that it had received a subpoena from the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, related to stock option grants.

UK: Scottish Power Pays Former Executives 'Obscene' £11m
by Ashley SeagerThe Guardian (UK)
June 19th, 2006
Four executives of energy company Scottish Power cost the company £11m in severance pay when they left their jobs over the past year, the group's annual report revealed yesterday. The payouts were immediately condemned as "obscene" by the Scottish National party's energy spokesman, Richard Lochhead.

US: Earning power
by Laura SmithermanBaltimore Sun
June 18th, 2006
Although "pay for performance" has become the catchphrase in boardrooms, executive compensation continues to swell at companies thriving and not, large and small, through practices that have drawn scorn from investor groups and labor unions.

EU: U.S.-Style Pay Packages Are All the Rage in Europe
by Geraldine FabrikantThe New York Times
June 16th, 2006
Along with hip-hop and Hollywood movies, Europeans are eagerly importing another American phenomenon: soaring pay packages for chief executives.

US: Big Bonuses Still Flow, Even if Bosses Miss Goals
by Gretchen MorgensonThe New York Times
May 31st, 2006
As executive pay packages have rocketed in recent years, their defenders have contended that because most are tied to company performance, they are both earned and deserved. But as the Las Vegas Sands example shows, investors who plow through company filings often find that executive compensation exceeds the amounts allowed under the performance targets set by the directors.

US: With Links to Board, Home Depot Chief Saw His Pay Soar
by Julie CreswellThe New York Times
May 24th, 2006

US: Uh-oh, it's the shareholders
by Bruce MeyersonChicago Sun-Times
May 21st, 2006
It happens only once a year, and yet so many headstrong corporate CEO's can't seem to cope with being in a room with shareholders for a few hours at the annual meeting.

US: Executives Take Company Planes as if Their Own
by Geraldine FabrikantThe New York Times
May 10th, 2006
Richard D. Parsons, chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, owns a small vineyard in Tuscany that produces a Brunello di Montalcino selling for $80 a bottle, adorned with a crest of the Parsons family.