COVID-19: Der bliver behov for at revidere topledelsens variable lønmodel.

    COVID-19: Der bliver behov for at revidere topledelsens variable lønmodel. I en gennemgang af konsekvenser for aflønningsforhold for topledelser skriver advokater fra det anerkendte amerikanske advokatfirma Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz: ”

    For many companies, the most immediate compensation issue presented by COVID-19 relates to 2020 annual incentive programs. Most companies had already approved, or were on the verge of finalizing, their 2020 incentive programs before the advent of the market turmoil.

    In many cases, the original 2020 projections are no longer realistic; what made sense in January is no longer appropriate. Companies should consider revising their metrics to attainable levels, or implementing additional metrics that are aligned with current priorities, to ensure that management is appropriately incentivized, while being sensitive to the pain being inflicted on shareholders by declining stock prices.

    An additional challenge is that the current level of uncertainty may make it premature to re-design business plans and incentive goals. For some companies, it may make sense to defer revising goals until there is more stability, or to rely upon discretion to create flexibility. In any event, reserving the right to make adjustments for unexpected events and expenses related to COVID-19 should be considered.”