From: Vonnie Hawkins
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 making on 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 independent directors.
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.
America and Americans are suffering due to lack of corporate transparency, efficiency and accountability to the culture and society that make corporate profits possible. The privileged few are sucking the life out of our economy with excessive pay and retirement packages for CEO's, while layoffs are on the rise. The growing economic inequality will lead America to dysfunction and disruption if someone does not step in and restore balance, and require more transparency, efficiency and accountability from American corporations.
Thank you for your time.