Research Report | November 20, 2019
2019 Top 250 Report
By Henry Paulin, Eva Gencheva, Christina LaRocque, Joshua Meier

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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.
  • CEO long-term incentive grant value mix.

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