The Changing Executive Benefits Landscape: An In-Depth Look

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The executive benefits and perquisites landscape may make you recall lessons from high school geology. Movement is often slow, but can result in dramatic shifts.

As the competitive landscape adjusts to economic and societal forces, so do the ways companies seek to attract and retain their key executives. To find out whether (or how) benefits and perks for CEOs, senior executives and other company leaders have changed in recent years, Ayco, a Goldman Sachs company, conducted the 2017 Executive Benefits Survey.

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Responses came from 302 participants, including some heavy hitters: 45% of the S&P 100, 40% of the Fortune 200, and 30% of the S&P 500 were represented.

Responses to the Ayco survey indicated relative stability in the executive benefits arena. While 8% of those who completed the survey reported adding or expanding eligibility for one or more benefit, 5% said they had eliminated one or more.

Rich Friedman, Vice President & COO of Ayco’s Benefits and Compensation Group, sums up recent activity: “There has been relative stability in most of the executive perks over the past decade, especially for perquisites that deliver shareholder value.”

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