‘Women CEOs still a rarity, but pay tops that of men’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 May 2018 09:44:58


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FEMALE CEOs remain scarce at the biggest publicly traded companies but those who hold the top job receive pay competitive with male peers.

Women make up only 5 per cent of the CEO ranks at S&P 500 companies. Yet median compensation for a female CEO was valued at USD 13.5 million for the 2017 fiscal year, versus USD 11.5 million for their male counterparts, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar done for The Associated Press. Topping the list of highest-paid female CEOs is Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, whose compensation was USD 25.9 million. Debra Cafaro, CEO of real estate investment trust Ventas came in second at USD 25.3 million. And Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, wrapped up the top three at USD 21.9 million.

Median pay for female CEOs rose 15.4 per cent from the prior year, while for men it increased 8.2 per cent. But Nooyi, the top paid female CEO, didn’t even crack the top 10 list overall. She’s number 18.
The analysis by Equilar looked at pay trends for 339 CEOs who have been in their position for at least two full years at S&P 500 companies that filed proxy statements between January 1 and April 30.

Some companies with highly paid CEOs do not fit these criteria, such as Oracle. Of the companies in the analysis, only 17 were women. Looking at the full S&P 500, there were 27 female CEOs as of the end of 2017, up from 24 at the end of 2016.

“The inability to push seasoned females up the ranks is tragic in my mind,” said Josh Crist, Managing Director at executive search firm Crist Kolder Associates. The situation could get even more attention after the recent departures of female CEOs from Campbell Soup and Mattel. Both were replaced by men.

A Pew Research Center study found that women held only about 10 per cent of top executive positions at publicly traded companies in the much larger Standard & Poor’s Composite 1500. Of that group, the women tended to be in finance or legal positions that research shows are less likely to lead to the CEO office.
There is a bright spot, though: the female representation on boards is improving, according to Catalyst.