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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.

US: Chief's Pay Is Docked by Raytheon
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 3rd, 2006
Raytheon directors punished the chief executive, William H. Swanson, by taking away almost $1 million from his 2006 compensation yesterday because he failed to give credit for material that was in a management book he wrote.

US: Exxon Chairman Got Retirement Package Worth at Least $398 Million
by Jad MouawadThe New York Times
April 13th, 2006
Last year's high oil prices not only helped Exxon Mobil report $36 billion in profit � the most ever for any corporation � they also allowed Lee R. Raymond to retire in style as chairman of Exxon Mobil.

US: EXECUTIVE PAY; C.E.O. Pay Keeps Rising, And Bigger Rises Faster
by Eric DashThe New York Times
April 9th, 2006
CHIEF executives' pay continued to rise in 2005, although at a slightly slower pace than in 2004.

US: AFL-CIO puts big CEO pensions under scope
by Edward IwataUSA Today
April 7th, 2006
Amid growing concern over a wave of cutbacks in corporate pension plans for employees, the CEOs of top U.S. companies would receive "golden pensions" that range from $2 million to $6.5 million a year, according to a study by the AFL-CIO union federation.

US: SEC Moves to Require More Disclosure on Executive Pay
Associated Press
January 17th, 2006
Federal securities regulators moved Tuesday to require companies to provide far greater detail about their executives' pay packages and perks in an effort to bring more transparency to an area that has provoked investor and public anger.

US: Disney Paid Eisner $10.1 Million in '05
Associated Press
January 12th, 2006
Michael D. Eisner, former chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, received $10.1 million in compensation last year, including a $9.1 million cash bonus, according to the company's annual proxy statement filed Wednesday.

US: Wall $t. bonuses balloon to new record
January 11th, 2006
Wall Street bonuses set a new record of $21.5 billion in 2005, surpassing the previous record of $19.5 billion set in 2000 during the peak of the last bull market, according to a report released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi.

US: SEC to Propose Overhaul of Rules On Executive Pay
by Kara ScannellWashington Post
January 10th, 2006
The Securities and Exchange Commission, responding to rising criticism of soaring -- and partially hidden -- executive pay, is poised to propose the most sweeping overhaul of pay disclosure rules in 14 years, seeking to push companies to divulge much more about their top executives' perquisites, retirement benefits and total compensation.

US: Call It the Deal of a Lifetime
by Landon Thomas, Jr.The New York Times
January 8th, 2006
It has been a wrenching professional and personal reversal for Michael Kopper, who three years ago became the first Enron executive to plead guilty to criminal charges and cut a deal with the government. Mr. Kopper was also the first high-ranking Enron employee to publicly admit to lying and stealing - in his case, more than $16 million - from the company.

US: No, let me pay: Execs get tax help
December 22nd, 2005
More than half the nation's largest companies are giving their top executives extra money to pay taxes due on corporate perks such as luxury cars and even on capital gains, according to a published report.

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