FW Cook’s 2019 Top 250 Report is the Firm’s 47th annual report on long-term incentives granted to executives at the 250 largest U.S. companies in the S&P 500 Index. The report is intended to inform boards of directors and compensation professionals in designing and implementing effective long-term incentive programs that promote long-term success for their companies in supporting strategic objectives and aligning pay delivery with performance. This report covers the following topics:
Executive long-term incentive grant types, usage by industry, and number of grant types employed.
Grant type design features, including vesting schedules, and stock option term.
Key performance plan characteristics, including performance periods, payout maximums, performance metrics, and measurement approaches.