Why CEO Pay Disclosures can be Misleading

By Grace Wu and Shai Ganu, Willis Towers Watson, Singapore

CEO pay can be a sensitive subject. Annual report disclosures and media reports fuel concerns over “run-away” executive compensation. However, this is a complex issue that warrants further attention. In most cases, a quick review of pay disclosures focused on the numbers can be misleading and may not reflect the true value delivered to executives.

Willis Towers Watson analyzed pay disclosures among the largest 120 listed companies in Singapore over the past five years. This article shares some of the common perceptions regarding CEO pay in Singapore (and often elsewhere) and presents analyses to corroborate or dispel the perceptions which we’ve labeled as “busted”, “proven” or “plausible”.

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This article was adapted from Willis Towers Watson website, 19 December 2018.