Deep Dive into Executive Compensation: A Case Study

Mar 27, 2019

Newport Group helped a large conglomerate see the “big picture” of its executive compensation structure and provided a vision for long term improvements. 

The Situation

The chief human resources officer of a large, multi-industry conglomerate was looking for a full compensation review to determine if the organization had a competitive executive compensation package with appropriate incentive pay and long-term compensation options. They contacted Newport Group’s Non-Qualified business line, who turned to our Compensation Consulting team for additional insight. The conglomerate had 11,000 employees, an annual revenue of $6 billion and were a part of the following industries: auto dealerships, sports and entertainment, consumer finance and real estate.

The Solution

Newport Group’s Compensation Consulting team completed an initial benchmarking study of the conglomerate’s compensation structure. The team then collaborated with the Non-Qualified business line to better explain how a strong short and long term incentive package, combined with a modern deferred compensation plan could help add value to the executive compensation package. Over the course of two years, the team created a solution which included an executive compensation philosophy document and multiple executive benchmarking studies for the conglomerate’s business lines utilizing the latest competitive salary data from publicly-held and private peer companies. The team also provided intelligence on incentive plan metrics and award amounts, and a conceptual design for a non-qualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan. 

The Outcome

The solution provided information which empowered the conglomerate to make informed executive compensation decisions and improve the offerings of its executive package to enhance the attraction and retention of top team members. 

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