The “klingler Governance- & Vergütungsreport 2019 / 2020”

The “klingler Governance- & Vergütungsreport” analyses and comments the different compensation practices of board and executive committees of all listed companies in the Swiss Performance Index (SPI) on the basis of the latest annual reports and provides a deep insight into the organisation and work structures of the board members and management.

The fourth edition of our highly acclaimed publication presents the compensation practices at the level of the board of directors and of the executive board of the companies listed in the SPI as well as the latest findings in a comprehensible, clearly structured and relevant form. This year’s edition focuses on trends in disclosure practices, and in particular on the reporting of realized pay at the CEO level.

Furthermore, this “klingler Governance & Compensation Report” takes a fresh look at the long-term incentive design. Particularly in economically turbulent times, board members may feel compelled to rethink the way in which performance is measured and rewarded and, in this context, to renew their impact by introducing adapted mecanisms for long-term incentives.

With almost 200 SPI companies examined, the “klingler Governance & Compensation Report” covers an extraordinarily broad spectrum of companies, which makes it highly informative.

Who sits on the board of directors of SPI-listed companies?

The “klingler Governance- & Vergütungsreport 2019 / 2020”

By its very nature, the demographic composition changes only slowly.

Still, the proportion of women is increasing slowly but steadily from year to year and now stands at 16.5% for all SPI companies, compared with around 15% in the previous year. Nevertheless, listed companies are still a long way from the target of 30% at board level that is being discussed at political level. 

Who is appointed as CEO?

The typical CEO of a listed Swiss company was previously head of a division of the same company, is 54 years old, male and has been in this role for 6 years.

Longer terms of office, especially those longer than 10 years, are an exception: CEOs leave the top 30 companies after a relatively short time.

Only 24% of the CEOs have previously been CEOs of other, comparable companies. And: From the age of 54, the probability of being appointed CEO decreases significantly.

Data and key points

The report includes:

  • 187 SPI companies / 1264 board members / 1092 management members
  • Information on the structure and compensation of CEOs and board members
  • Trends in disclosure practices regarding effectively realized compensation at CEO level
  • A new view on long-term incentive design, especially regarding its sustainability

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