Stock Options and The New Rules of Corporate Accountability: Measuring, Managing, and Rewarding Executive Performance

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"As a former CEO and independent director of several corporations, I find Don Delves' discussion of executive compensation — including detailed and insightful reviews of the issues involving stock options — to be exceedingly instructive. This is a book that members of compensation committees, indeed all corporate board members should read." -B. Kenneth West, Former CEO, Harris Trust and Savings Bank and member of several corporate boards.

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Overview

"As a former CEO and independent director of several corporations, I find Don Delves' discussion of executive compensation — including detailed and insightful reviews of the issues involving stock options — to be exceedingly instructive. This is a book that members of compensation committees, indeed all corporate board members should read." -B. Kenneth West, Former CEO, Harris Trust and Savings Bank and member of several corporate boards.

Guidelines for curbing today's stock option abuses, and making "payment for performance" the new imperative

Stock options account for up to 90 percent of the average CEO's compensation—despite a falling stock market and often plunging corporate earnings. Stock Options and the New Rules of Corporate Accountability examines this hot-button issue, proposing new methodologies and techniques for better aligning stock options, executive compensation, performance rewards, and accounting, and making sense of what has become today's most controversial form of compensation.

Executive compensation authority Don Delves explains how high-profile corporations like GE and Coca-Cola have opted to expense stock options and have adjusted their policies to prevent options from becoming disincentive tools, and he shows others how to follow suit. In addition, Delves gives decision makers the knowledge they need to:

  • Increase accountability by treating stock options as expenses
  • Balance options with other incentives
  • Create healthier contracts between employers and employees
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What People Are Saying

Bill White
Delves' book clearly lays out today's issues, assesses us all some blame, then specifically shows us how to build effective systems (including stock options) that are motivational and fair to the shareholder.
Former CEO, Bell & Howell, and member of several boards
Dennis Chookazian
The Delves book is an excellent survey of the current executive compensation landscape. The interview style of the book makes it very readable.
Former CEO, CNA Insurance, and member of several corporate boards
James J. Leisenring
A very timely book. Delves is certainly correct. The existing accounting standards are biased and result in compensation plans unrelated to performance. Hopefully his efforts will help bring about needed change that will both improve financial reporting and encourage improved compensation plans.
Member, International Accounting Standards Board
Nell Minow
This frank and expert guide to options in the post-bubble, post-Enron, post-expensing future is filled with thoughtful analysis and practical guidance.
Editor, The Corporate Library
Warren L Batts
Stock Options and the New Rules of Corporate Accountability should be required reading for everyone involved in executive compensation, especially corporate directors. Not only does it provide a comprehensive analysis of how executive compensation ran awry, it offers a thorough, intelligent approach to arriving at a more balanced, fair, and effective executive compensation system.
Former CEO, Premark, and member of several corporate boards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071417549
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/23/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Conversation with Paul Volcker
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Stock Option Problem 1
Ch. 1 Dimensions of the Problem 3
Ch. 2 The Sources of the Problem 19
Ch. 3 The Accounting Story 43
Pt. 2 Elements of the Solution 63
Ch. 4 An Accounting Solution Everyone Can Live With 65
Ch. 5 Valuing Options 81
Ch. 6 Providing the Right Questions - and the Right Tools - for Boards 101
Ch. 7 Making Options Performance Based 117
Ch. 8 Designing a Balanced Portfolio of Incentives 131
Ch. 9 Building Healthy Employee-Employer Contracts for Public and Private Companies 149
Pt. 3 The Path to Accountability 169
Ch. 10 Restoring Corporate Integrity 171
Ch. 11 Vision for the Future 185
Endnotes 193
Index 195
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