A REVIEW OF COMPENSATION SURVEYS: PART I

Historically, public company directors served without pay and with light workloads. Even after 1969, when Delaware law first authorized directors to set their own compensation, pay remained nominal. Directors generally kept a low profile, with a mandate often limited to advising or cheering on the chief executive. 

All that has changed—gradually for several decades and more rapidly in recent years. Today, serving as a public company director entails increased demands on directors, along with related liability risks.  Directors are expected to adhere to stringent independence standards; preside over both strategic direction and oversight of every possible risk; and be on call to respond to crises. 

In the first of three reviews of compensation surveys, we examine trends in director compensation. Read more >>