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2016-06-13
The Biggest Mistakes Executives Make With Retirement Packages

Wall Street Journal

Let the employer make the initial offer, says Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, an executive compensation consulting firm in New York. The problem, he says, is essentially people are guessing at what the company will give them—and they may undersell themselves.

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2016-05-27
Top C.E.O. Pay Fell – Yes, Fell – in 2015

New York Times

“The inequality movement has created a whole backlash against C.E.O. pay,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, a compensation consulting firm.

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2016-05-19
JPMorgan Mulls Pay Changes After Record Low Investor Support

Bloomberg News

‘Uncomfortably Close’

The 61 percent tally is “uncomfortably close to 50 percent,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation-consulting firm Johnson Associates. “You don’t want to fail the vote, not at a big bank.”

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2016-05-17
Lower bonuses, more job cuts in store for Wall St in 2016: study

Reuters

Job cuts and constrained hiring are expected to continue on Wall Street in 2016, with bonuses likely to be lower than in 2015 due to difficult market conditions, according to a study by compensation consultant Johnson Associates.

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2016-05-15
Move over NY – here comes Jacksonville

Financial Times

“My clients have come to the conclusion that lots of these people don’t need to be in Midtown Manhattan or the City of London,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, a financial services pay consultant. “It doesn’t make sense any more.”

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2016-04-22
New Rules Curbing Wall Street Pay Proposed

Wall Street Journal

If federal regulators influence clawback decisions, “there’s a high probability it will drive people out of the heavily regulated part of the financial-services industry,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates Inc., a compensation consulting firm that closely tracks Wall Street. To retain talent, banks and other affected institutions “will just have to pay more” due to executives’ fears that “you may have to give some of [the money] back.’’

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2016-04-21
U.S. regulators propose to restrict Wall Street executive pay

Reuters

“Although the overall pay rule is tougher than previous versions, it is certainly still more benign relative to European rules,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates Inc, a compensation consultant serving financial services firms, referring to the proposal.

He said the four-year deferral period “is not overly restrictive.” But the clawback could prove “onerous” since it covers activities of seven years.

“However, the real issue is how it will be determined and who will enforce the clawback?” he said. “Will the government have a role and how consistent will the application be?”

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2016-04-21
Wall Street Executives Won’t Get Bonuses for Crashing the Financial System Anymore

New York Magazine

If federal regulators influence clawback decisions, “there’s a high probability it will drive people out of the heavily regulated part of the financial-services industry,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates Inc., a compensation consultancy that closely tracks Wall Street. To retain talent, banks and other affected institutions “will just have to pay more” due to executives’ fears that “you may have to give some of [the money] back.’’

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2016-04-11
Wall Street Wages Double in 25 Years as Everyone Else’s Languish

Bloomberg News

“Are people going to hold a charity benefit for Wall Street? That’s probably not going to happen — you’re not going to buy those raffle tickets,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, which designs executive-compensation programs for financial firms. “But business school graduates are not wanting to go into financial services. They’re wanting to go do something else. We’re below an equilibrium. If pay does not increase in certain parts of financial services, the industry will not get the right talent. It will not be as competitive.”

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2016-04-06
CEO Paydays Hit Pre-Crisis Peaks

Asset managers have recovered faster than the investment banks since the crisis, and their compensation is beginning to catch up to the banks’ for the first time, says Alan Johnson, managing director of industry compensation consultancy Johnson Associates.

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