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2015-04-06
Pay Gap Between Wall Street CEOs and Employees Narrows

The Wall Street Journal

…“In good times the generals eat first and the troops eat last,” says Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates Inc. With the crisis still fresh in people’s minds, he says, that dynamic is much less pronounced…

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2015-03-26
Google hire highlights Wall St. talent problem

USA Today

…To compete, Wall Street needs to improve its treatment of workers, says Alan Johnson of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates.
“The conventional wisdom for 30 years was that if you want to make the most money you go to Wall Street. But now you can make more money in tech, and you can have a more interesting and better culture,” he said.

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2015-03-19
Exec Comp at Finance Firms Defined by Regulation

Agenda Week

…Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consultant Johnson Associates, says the design of comp programs for banks has stabilized as companies have come to terms with regulations.

He says that, in general, executives have a small salary, a moderate cash bonus and performance-based stock…

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2015-03-11
The Morning Risk Report: Boards Target CEO Pay Amid Scandals

The Wall Street Journal

…Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates, said executives should expect to take a pay cut if there’s a scandal on their watch, even if the conduct happened prior to their time in that role. “The expectation is, you take a hit. It may not be your fault…the lesson for executives is to expect it,” said Mr. Johnson. His advice: Get out ahead of the board and volunteer for the pay cut, or give up an expected bonus. “It’s probably going to happen anyway, so why go through the pain of [the board] having to agonize over it?” he said….

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2015-03-09
Bank bonuses mixed, reflecting a mixed year

Charlotte Observer

…Johnson Associates says cash and stock bonuses for the banking industry are expected to be largely stagnant from a year ago. The mostly flat bonuses are driven by two things, said Alan Johnson, managing director of the firm.

“It’s weak revenue growth and continued cost from regulation and litigation,” he said. “Profits are so-so.”….

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2015-03-09
Old Mutual Rewards PMs for Profitable Year with Equity

929 Media

…“Variable compensation is usually tied to performance or profitability in a way that lets the manager know where he stands at all times,” says Alan Johnson, a managing director with Johnson Associates. “You may not see that degree of clarity at larger fund firms.”…

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2015-02-17
U.S. Regulators Revive Work on Incentive-Pay Rules; Compensation That Rewards Excessive Risk Taking Is a Concern

The Wall Street Journal

…The banks “went way further than anybody else in financial services and that became a competitive disadvantage to get people [and] keep people,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates.

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2015-01-12
Big Banks Look Set to Trim Bonuses

The Wall Street Journal

…The same month, Johnson Associates said trader bonuses would fall by as much as 10%. Investment-banker payouts could jump by up to 15%, according to the compensation-consulting firm…

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2015-01-09
Wall Street Takes Pay Cut, but Bankers Don’t Dare Complain

The Street

…Johnson Associates managing director Alan Johnson believes the public and politicians such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) are so focused on demonizing the banks they are willing to overlook extremely high pay in other industries, even ones that are very similar to banking and employ similar people….

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2015-01-09
Goldman Sachs Has a Lesson for Wall Street Regulators, Says Pay Expert

The Street

…”I don’t think they, unfortunately, have done enough to encourage ownership of firms,” said Johnson Associates managing director Alan Johnson, who has spent 25 years advising big financial companies on their pay practices…

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