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  • GM Gives Out Stock Bonuses for First time Since 2003 Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 5:27 AM ET

    For the first time since 2003, General Motors  is giving bonuses in the form of stock to Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner and other top executives.

  • About 39,000 Delta employees will share $480 million in lump-sum payouts and equity in the company when the nation's third-largest carrier emerges from Chapter 11 protection in May, according to material to be disclosed in a bankruptcy court filing Tuesday.

  • John Antioco has been under pressure from board members, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who once called Antioco's $54 million severance package "unconscionable."

  • Chevron Chairman David O'Reilly received a 2006 compensation package valued at $13.5 million for steering the oil company to a record profit while many motorists and politicians were angry about soaring energy prices.

  • Merck's CEO Got $8.04 Million in 2006 Compensation Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 4:40 AM ET

    The chief executive of Merck received compensation the company valued at $8.04 million last year, according to a regulatory filing Monday.

  • A bill that would give shareholders the right to cast non-binding votes on executive pay sparked sharp comments Thursday at a subcommittee hearing in Washington.

  • 'Say On Pay' Bill Discussed In Congressional Committee Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 12:44 PM ET

    Congress is considering a bill that would give shareholders the right to cast non-binding votes on executive pay and "golden parachutes" if the enterprise is sold. Opponents say the measure, HR 1257, would force CEOs to devote more time to meeting with advocacy groups and less time on planning and product development. Supporters say that unless pay is tied to performance, executives have incentive to cook the books.

  • Rethinking CEO Pay Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    What many see as outrageous or obscene compensation for chief executive officers is back in the limelight after some high profile pay packages lately. The House Financial Services Committee Thursday holds a public hearing on the issue and the hue and cry about greed and abuse is bound to bounce off the walls of Congress.  The contrarian view is that there is little or no direct link between pay and performance and coupling the two might be detrimental because CEOs would cut corners to boost their pay, eroding the company’s long-term prospects.

  • Boards of Directors Coming From New Talent Pool Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 9:35 AM ET

    The composition of the board of directors at major companies is changing and becoming less clubby. On "Squawk Box" CNBC's Mary Thompson says there’s no shortage of candidates to serve on corporate boards, but they’re now drawn from a different talent pool. In 2001, about half board members were active CEOs. Last year, the figure declined to 29%.

  • BP CEO Browne's Pay Fell in 2006 as Woes Mounted Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 2:55 AM ET

    BP Chief Executive John Browne saw his pay fall in 2006, despite a 15% rise in the oil giant's profits, as BP suffered oil spills, accusations that cost cutting had hit safety and allegations of market manipulation.

  • Vioxx Verdict Upheld; Merck Boosts CEO's Salary Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 2:33 AM ET

    A judge in the New Jersey Vioxx personal injury trial on Monday rejected a motion that would give one of the plaintiffs in the trial another opportunity to collect damages based on negligence from drug maker Merck.

  • Furor Rages As Investors Pay Executive Taxes Monday, 26 Feb 2007 | 11:41 AM ET

    Death and taxes are the two universal fates, right? Well, the latter may not hold true for certain executives, whose tax bills are footed by shareholders. On "Morning Call," two compensation experts debated the appropriateness of such supposed free rides.

  • Goldman CEO Received $54.3 Million Last Year Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 3:30 PM ET
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    Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein received $54.3 million in compensation after leading the top U.S. investment bank to record profits in 2006, according to a regulatory filing released Wednesday.

  • Federal criminal charges are expected to be announced Thursday against one former executive with Monster Worldwide over backdating of options, according to WNBC's Jonathan Dienst, reporting for CNBC.

  • Ryan Brant, the former chief executive of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to backdating of stock options.

  • Firms Face Irked Investors, "Say In Pay" Votes Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 12:22 PM ET

    This proxy season, shareholders at some 70 to 100 corporations will vote on proposals that could give them a voice in executive pay. According to the proxy advisory firm Proxy Governance, some of those companies facing investor wrath may include Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Merck and Wal-Mart.

  • There's some upward bias in stocks this morning but for now the market is without much direction. European markets are higher. Japanese stocks ended higher though Hong Kong slid. The yen is lower against the U.S. dollar as the G7 meets in Essen, Germany today. The yen has widely been expected to be a discussion topic.

  • Robert Nardelli

    Former Home Depot CEO Robert Nardelli could have stayed as chief executive of the home-products giant if he had agreed to take a $20 million cut in his contract that entitled him to around $200 million, CNBC'S Charlie Gasparino has learned.

  • Should Government Have Say In Exec Pay? Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 12:01 PM ET

    A controversial U.S. Senate bill on minimum wage is set to be voted on later today – it includes a provision that is designed to reign in executive pay by capping tax-deferred compensation at $1 million or a 5 year average of taxable salary, whichever is less.

  • Minimum Wage Hike: Will It Ever Get Done? Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 | 2:08 PM ET

    The U.S. Senate is almost through debating a bill to raise to the minimum wage. However--Republicans want to amend the bill with provisions including tax breaks for businesses in order to offset the costs of a higher minimum wage. Democrats don't want that. There's also a move to attach tax deferred compensation to the measure.