From: Gail Laberdie
Securities and Exchange Commission
Dear Securities and Exchange Commission,
I am writing to urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to act on its proposed rule regarding executive compensation disclosure. Too often, executives are richly rewarded even when their companies' performance is below par. Without better disclosure, shareholders, employees, and the general public cannot evaluate whether executive pay packages are unjustly enriching executives at shareholder cost or providing fair compensation.
The newly proposed rules will make this crucial information more accessible to shareholders and the public. The new requirements to disclose total compensation figures, pensions and detailed compensation breakdowns will make it clear exactly how much top executives are earning and why.
I believe that CEO pay should be set by a board comprised of bargaining unit representatives, employees from all pay levels within the company, and recognized economic expert advisors from the immediate community.
I also urge the SEC to require that companies disclose pay-for-performance data. In order for investors to understand how pay and performance match up, companies need to explain more clearly what level of performance is necessary for a particular level of pay. I urge the SEC to require companies to disclose both the performance criteria and the performance targets they use when setting executive pay.