Recent Publications & Media Coverage

Recent Publications & Media Coverage

Below are selected recent speeches and publications authored by Vivient partners:

New 2016 Compensation Trend Research Released for Private Companies & Nonprofits” by Vivient Consulting and WorldatWork.

“Comparing Incentive-Pay Practices: Are Public or Private Companies Winning the War for Top Talent?” – Presentation by Susan Schroeder to the Bay Area Compensation Association (BACA) highlights how public and private companies compete for the same individuals for key positions, especially in the Bay Area’s tight labor market, September 2015

“Deferred Compensation – A New Way to Pay for Performance” – Presentation by Bertha Masuda and panelists, at the WorldAtWork Total Rewards Conference, May 2015

Southern California Median Middle-Market CEO Pay Approaches $2 Million Mark” by Vivient Consulting (Fall 2014) details the CEO pay levels and mix for Southern California’s middle market public companies.

“Cash is King in Regional Banks in the West” by Bertha Masuda (October 2014) analyzes the CEO pay practices for over 40 regional banks in the Western United States. Proxy data was compiled by Main Data Group.

“Incentive-Pay Practices at Public and Private Companies” by Bonnie Schindler, Sue Schroeder et al., published (October 2014) in workspan magazine reports on the similarities and differences in incentive pay practices between publicly traded and privately held companies.

“Are Public or Private Companies Winning the War for Top Talent” – Presentation by Susan Schroeder and panelists, at the WorldAtWork Total Rewards Conference, May 2014

“Better Together:  Creating Value through Compensation and Benefit Plans” – Presentation by Bertha Masuda, who was invited to speak at The Newport Group Conference, a premier executive benefits conference, March 2014

Improving Small Company Compensation Plans for Stronger Performance by Bertha Masuda and Sue Schroeder published (December 2013) in Directorship.com outlines specific compensation planning areas for small companies including benchmarking, allocating bonus and equity pools, and how to avoid “lightning rod” issues.

SEC Comment Letter on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure by Bertha Masuda represents Vivient Consulting’s response to the Security Exchange Commission’s request for comment on the proposed CEO to Median Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure, Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Getting More Mileage from Your Incentive Plan by Bertha Masuda and Sue Schroeder published (April 2013) in Boardmember.com shows how executives can get maximum value from their executive compensation programs.

Incentive Pay Practices at Private Companies by Bonnie Schindler published in Workspan Magazine (July 2012) details how private companies are having to work harder to attract key talent.

Private Company Incentive Pay Practices Survey – This survey, released by WorldatWork and Vivient Consulting in January 2012, finds that long- and short-term incentives are now prevalent at private, for-profit companies.

Compensation Redesign at Avery Dennison – WorldatWork – This January 2010 article written by Bertha Masuda for WorldatWork’s workspan magazine describes the ambitious HR redesign at Avery Dennison.

“Executive Compensation: The Fundamentals” – Presentation given by Bertha Masuda to the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association in November, 2009

Boot Camp: What New Compensation Professionals Need To Do In The First 90 Days – 2008 WorldatWork Conference and Exhibition – This informative PowerPoint provides the overview of the presentation given by Sue Schroeder of Vivient Consulting and Jessica Del Rio of Avery Dennison Corp at the 2008 WorldatWork event “Total Rewards – 2008.”

Boot Camp: Executive Compensation 101 – 2008 WorldatWork Conference and Exhibition – This informative PowerPoint provides the overview of the presentation given by Bertha Masuda and Susan Schroeder at the 2008 WorldatWork event “Total Rewards – 2008.”

“Understanding Private Company Incentive Pay Practices” – WorldatWork, March, 2008 – In an article written for WorldatWork’s workspan magazine, Vivient’s Bonnie Schindler details the unique challenges private companies face when designing long- and short-term incentive programs.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Private Company Equity Plan – Presentation given to National Center For Employee Ownership (NCEO) by Susan Schroeder in April, 2006.

“The Devil is in the Details” – Originally published in Workspan, February 2005, and republished in WorldatWork’s 2006 Survey Handbook & Directory, WorldatWork’s 2010 Executive Compensation and in WorldatWork’s 2013 Survey Best Practices book.

Recent Media Coverage

Short Term Cash Incentives Popular with Companies to Motivate and Reward Employees – BusinessWire, March 1, 2016.

“Unique Surveys Show Cash Incentives Prevalent Across Publicly-Traded, Privately-Held, Non-Profit Sectors” – Press Release, March 18, 2014

“Careers Slideshow: The Perks of Working for Private Companies” – CIO Insight, March 22, 2012

“The Gap Widens Between CFO and CEO Pay” – Agenda, September 19, 2011

“Gannett, Wendy’s/Arby’s Grant More Performance Shares” – Agenda, April 18, 2011

“Amgen, Clorox Make Cuts to CIC Severance” – Agenda, January 31, 2011

“Agenda – Compensation Metrics Focus on Growth” – Agenda, October 25, 2010

“Prison Company Chair Relinquishes Options” – Agenda, August 23, 2010

“Kroger Eliminates Gross-Ups for Most Perks” – Agenda, June 28, 2010

“Walgreen Expands Option Plan With Retention In Mind” – Agenda, February 1, 2010