Research Report | October 21, 2020
2020 Top 250 Report
By Andrew R. Lash, Joey Choi, Matt Lum


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The 48th edition of FW Cook's Top 250 Report presents information on long-term incentives granted to executives at the 250 largest U.S. companies in the S&P 500 Index. It 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.

The report covers the following topics:

  • Executive long-term incentive grant types, usage by industry, and number of grant types employed.
  • Grant type design features such as vesting schedules.
  • Key performance plan characteristics, including performance periods, payout maximums, performance metrics, and
    measurement approaches.
  • CEO long-term incentive grant value mix.
  • Performance/funding slope leverage.
  • Stock ownership guidelines.