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10 India-born CEOs of global technology giants

The Times of India, August 15, 2016


10 Indian-origin CEOs 'ruling' the technology industry

Indians have played a key role in the success of technology powerhouses globally.

From Google to Microsoft, Cognizant to NetApp -- Indians run some of the world's biggest and best companies.

Photocopying major Xerox has named Infosys veteran and former iGate CEO Ashok Vemuri as CEO of its back-office outsourcing company.

Vemuri's elevation is another milestone for Indian-origin CEOs, of whom at least half a dozen are in Fortune 500 companies.

Sundar Pichai, Google

India-born Sundar Pichai was named as Google CEO on August 10, 2015.

The 44-year-old head of Google was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and pursued education at IIT Kharagpur (B Tech), Stanford (MS) and Wharton (MBA); at Wharton, he was named a Siebel Scholar and Palmer Scholar.

He is responsible for the launch of the dominant Chrome web browser, and was previously the product head for Android, Chrome, Maps, and other popular Google products.

Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

Born in Hyderabad, Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as the senior vice president of worldwide product research and became the COO in 2005 and CEO in 2007.

He holds a Bachelor in Science from Osmania University, an MBA from University of California, Berkley, and an MS from Bowling Green State University.

Narayen held product development roles at Apple and Silicon Graphics before co-founding photo-sharing startup Pictra. A chance encounter between Adobe and Pictra led to Narayen joining Adobe, where rose swiftly through the product ranks.

He was named among the world's best CEOs by Barron's MAgazine in 2016.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft

After a 22-year stint with Microsoft, Nadella was appointed as the chief executive officer of the company in February 2014.

He previously held the position of executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group.

The Hyderabad-born 47-year-old has a BE from Manipal Institute of Technology, MS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sanjay Mehrotra, Sandisk

Sanjay Mehrotra co-founded flash memory storage company SanDisk in 1988 and has been its CEO since January 2011.

He pursued bachelors and masters degrees at University of California, Berkley, and also went to Stanford for executive programme. Mehrotra holds several patents to his name.

Sanjay Jha, Global Foundries

Sanjay Jha took over as CEO of Global Foundries, a semiconductor foundry that produces chips for giants like AMD, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and STMicroelectronics, in January 2014; before that he has served as the CEO of Motorola Mobility and COO of Qualcomm.

He joined Motorola as co-CEO in 2008, while serving simultaneously as CEO of Motorola's Mobile Devices Business.

Prior to Motorola, Sanjay held multiple senior engineering and executive positions during his 14 years with Qualcomm, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Qualcomm Inc. from 2006 to 2008.

Jha was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar and holds a BS from University of Liverpool and PhD from University of Strathclyde.

Rajeev Suri, Nokia

Rajeev Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and held various positions before being appointed as president and CEO in April 2014.

Suri's ascedancy to Nokia CEO's position came after Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile phone business. Previously, he was the head of the company's global services.

Like Satya Nadella, Suri also holds a B-Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology, but holds no post graduate degrees.

George Kurian, NetApp

George Kurian became the CEO and president of storage and data management company NetApp in June 2015, after serving as its executive vice president of product operations for nearly two years. Prior to joining NetApp, George was vice president and general manager of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems.

His diverse background also includes the role of vice president at Akamai Technologies, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, and leading Software Engineering and Product Management teams at Oracle Corporation.

Born in Kottayam district, Kerala, he pursued engineering at IIT-Madras, but left six months later to join Princeton University; he also holds an MBA degree from Stanford.

Francisco D’Souza, Cognizant

Among the youngest CEOs in the software services sector, D'Souza is Cognizant's CEO and a member of the company's board of directors.

D'Souza joined Cognizant as a co-founder in 1994 and went on to become its CEO in the year 2007. During his tenure as CEO, Cognizant's employee base has grown from 55,000 to over 230,000.

The son of an Indian diplomat, D'Souza was born in Kenya. He holds a BBA from University of East Asia, Macau and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; D'Souza also serves on the board of General Electric as an independent director.

Dinesh Paliwal, Harman

Dinesh Paliwal is the president and CEO of Harman International, a premium audio gear brand that owns the likes of JBL, Becker, dbx, among others.

Born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Paliwal holds a BE from IIT Roorkee, and MS and MBA from Miami University.

Prior to joining Harman, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group with responsibility for the company's global P&L, and Chairman/CEO - ABB North America.

He serves on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and previously served as the economic advisor to the governor of China's Guangdong province for three years.

Ashok Vemuri, Xerox Business Services LLC

Xerox, the 110-year-old document technology company that over the years has come to symbolize everything associated with photocopying, named former iGate CEO Ashok Vemuri as the new CEO of its back-office outsourcing company.

Earlier this year, Xerox said that it would split into two separate companies -- one would focus on document technology, which would include Xerox's traditional printer and copier businesses, while the second company would focus on back-office outsourcing, payment processing and other technology-related services.

A former Infosys veteran, Vemuri became CEO of Xerox's business process outsourcing company after the separation of the company's two entities.

Average tenure

CEOs in India vis-à-vis other countries/ 2018

October 22, 2018: The Times of India

The Average tenure of CEOs in India, Pakistan and other countries, as in 2018
From: October 22, 2018: The Times of India

If you thought CEOs were the most prepared at handling the next economic catastrophe, think again: Most of them were not at the helm during the global financial crisis of 2008. In India the average tenure of CEO across equity markets is 7 years. Only Greece, Hong Kong and Thailand can barely boast a ten year track record.

CEO salaries

2012-2015: CEO salaries, a rise

The Times of India, Jun 06 2016

Namrata Singh & Shubham Mukherjee

Aurobindo gets best value from payout to CEO in 3 yrs


CEO salaries have seen a spike as the occupant of the corner office operates in a challenging VUCA world--volatility , uncertainty , complexity and ambiguity. With CEOs taking home large payouts, there has been a greater scrutiny over hisher performance. The scrutiny has moved from a simplistic calculation of the return on CEO pay over profits to a holistic view covering other key financial parameters. So, which Indian company got the best value for its payout to a CEO? Aurobindo Pharma extracted the best value from the payout to its CEO, followed by Britannia Industries and Bharat Forge over a three-year period--2012-13 to 2014-15. In a study commissioned by TOI to global staffing company Randstad, Aurobindo Pharma got an overall score of 386600 based on six parameters. The company paid its CEO, M Govindarajan, an average annual compensation of Rs 9.5 crore, which is above the average CEO salary during the period.

The results for the study , `CEO Compensation & Company Performance', were based on six parameters -returns on compensation (profitCEO pay), change in revenue, operating margin, profit after tax, market capitalization and debt. For the study , the financial performance of BSE100 companies was analysed for the three-year period based on their annual reports. Idea Cellular , Bharat Petroleum, Axis Bank, HCL Technologies, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and Lupin were the next on the top10 list which were able to maximize gains from CEO payouts. Randstad India MD & CEO Moorthy K Uppaluri said the current CEO compensation structure is set to undergo a paradigm shift with higher emphasis on performance-based pay and stock awards. “CEOs are increasingly accepting such results-driven compensation structures which are outcome based and linked to the company's success. The average CEO salary was Rs 7.6 crore in FY 2015, a17% increase over the previous year's average,“ said Uppaluri.

Britannia Industries, which came second with an overall score of 303, paid an average salary of around Rs 4.3 crore to CEO Varun Berry . Bharat Forge, third on the list with a score of 297, shelled out around Rs 13.2 crore as salary to its CMD B N Kalyani, while Aditya Birla Group company Idea Cellular , which ranked fourth, gave MD Himanshu Kapania around Rs 6.6 crore.

When contacted, Aurobindo Pharma declined to comment. Santrupt Misra, CEO, carbon black business & director , group HR, Aditya Birla Management Corporation, saidthe group does not judge leaders only in terms of financial performance but rather with a more comprehensive set of metrics that include qualitative aspects as well such as leadership and talent development, a strong customer and supplier connect and creating value for stakeholders.

For FY13-FY15, CEO compensation grew by 25%, while revenues increased by 14.6%, ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation & amortization) margins were flat at 0.3% growth and PAT was up by 12%. Marketcap for the companies grew by 42% while long-term debt on their books increased by16%.

Promoter-owned and run companies had on an average the highest CEO compensation, the study revealed. The average salary paid out to CEOs, for the period, was Rs 6.5 crore. PSUs offered the best return on CEO compensation given the low base of salaries.Nine out of the top 10 companies that offered the best PAT compensation multiple were PSUs. SBI, Coal India and ONGC were the top 3 companies on that parameter.

Harsh Goenka, chairman RPG Enterprises, says “how much is too much“ is currently engaging boards of many Indian companies. “Salaries of CEOs have increased exponentially but so has the complexity . A CEO today is not only a leader , but also astrategist, a tactician, a coach, a troubleshooter , a mediator , an innovator and much more. It is impossible to relate CEO salary with just PAT or one particular matrix, but a combination of them,“ he said.

However , one top CEO, who did not wish to be identified, said CEO pay is out of whack and more due diligence is required while fixing compensation.


2014-15: CEO-median employee salary ratio

The Times of India, Jul 06 2015

Employers' salary as a multiple of median pay; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, Jul 06 2015

Mukesh's pay 205-times RIL's median

Ratio Stands At 439 For ITC's Deveshwar, 89 For Wipro's Premji

Billionaire industrialist and India's richest man Mukesh Ambani has not taken a pay hike for seven years, but his salary is over 205-times that of the median employee remuneration at Reliance Industries (RIL). However, this ratio stands much higher at 439 times in case of ITC executive chairman Y C Deveshwar.

The same ratio stands much lower at 89-times in case of IT major Wipro's chairman and managing director Azim Premji, and just at 19-times for mortgage giant HDFC's chair a man Deepak Parekh for the latest fiscal 2014-15.

However, HDFC Bank's t MD Aditya Puri got a remuner p ation that was 117-times the t median employee pay at the bank, while for ICICI Bank 2 CEO Chanda Kochhar, it was 97 c times and at over 74 times for Axis Bank's managing director and CEO Shikha Sharma.

For IT giant Infosys' CEO Vishal Sikka, his pay was 116 times of the median employee pay at the company . The same ratio for HUL's CEO Sanjiv Mehta was 93 times, but much higher at 293 times for Vedanta Limited's chairman Navin Agarwal.

Listed companies have be gun disclosing these ratios, as also other comparisons such as salary hikes for the top management personnel and an average staff, for the first time pursuant to the new Companies Act and Sebi's latest Corporate Governance Code coming into force.

While a majority of the companies are still in the proc ess of disclosing these details, the disclosures made so far by the top companies show a wide variance in these ratios, while there is also a huge difference between the pay hike figures for the top management per sonnel and an average staff member in many cases.

However, there are a few cases where the increase in the median employee remunera tion is almost equal or even higher than the same for the CEOs and other key manage ment personnel.

In case of RIL, chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani has kept his salary capped at Rs 15 crore for seven years now, while the median remuneration of em ployees increased by 3.7% to Rs 7.29 lakh during 2014-15. The to tal remuneration of key mana gerial personnel, in fact, dipped by 1.9% to Rs 73.28 crore.

2014

The Times of India

Dec 26 2014

Top paid professionals and promoters in India

India Inc has 96 executives in the million-dollar pay club, a study of top salaries for 2013-14 commissioned by TOI has revealed. The number of professional CEOs in the club has increased from 34 during 2012-13 to 39, finds the study by global executive search firm EMA Partners. In case of promoter CEOs, the number went up marginally from 56 to 57. The study took into account executive compensation in excess of Rs 6 crore per annum for the top 200 listed companies and excluded stock options. Here are the highlights...

2016: CEO pay falls 15%, after years

The Times of India, May 28, 2016

A mere $19.3 million. That's how much compensation Wells Fargo's chief executive, John G Stumpf, was awarded last year, making him perfectly representative of the best-paid CEOs in the country.

Among the 200 highest-paid chief executives at American companies with annual revenue of at least $1 billion that filed proxies by April 30, the average pay was, give or take a few thousand dollars, equivalent to Stumpf's own: a cool $19.3 million.

Yet by the topsy-turvy standards of corporate pay, what's remarkable is not how big that number is, but how small. After years of steady increases, the average compensation among the top executives in 2015 was down 15% from the 2014 figure of $22.6 million, according to the Equilar 200 Highest-Paid CEO Rankings, conducted for The New York Times. By other measures, too, CEO compensation declined. Cash and stock awards, the main components of pay packages, fell last year. Among the companies in the rankings, the biggest pay package, worth $94.6 million, went to Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia. That meant that for the first time since 2012 no company awarded its chief more than $100 million.

All of which raises a tantalizing prospect: Has executive pay finally peaked? Have the CEOs and the compensation committees that set their pay discovered something approaching modesty? Some experts say that is the case. "We're hearing a great deal more concern from compensation committee chairs about absolute pay," said Kenneth Daly, CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a trade group for board members. What is certain is that last year's weak stock market pulled down the value of executive pay packages. After posting fairly consistent gains for years, the S&P 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average each fell slightly in 2015. Because the average compensation package was 69% stock, lower share prices meant less pay for CEOs. But the relation between pay and performance remains tenuous at best. Several CEOs reaped huge windfalls, even while presiding over precipitous declines in total shareholder return. Take Philippe Dauman, chief of the media conglomerate Viacom. Dauman was awarded $54.1 million last year, a 22% raise from 2014. Over the year, Viacom shares plunged 43%.

Average 2016 salary Rs 20 cr, double of 2014

The Times of India, Aug 08 2016

Avg CEO pay at blue chips up 100% in 2 years

In a sharp jump, the average CEO salary at top listed companies in the private sector is approaching Rs 20 crore -double the level seen just two years ago at about Rs 10 crore. However, this remains less than one-sixth of the average CEO salaries at top listed companies in the US, which stood at close to $20 million (about Rs 130 crore) in 2015 despite a decline from 2014. In India, the average CEO salary at top private companies, on the other hand, is way above the Rs 25-30 lakh average that their public sector counterparts get.

An analysis of the CEO salaries for the financial year 2015-16 disclosed by the country's top listed companies, forming part of the stock market benchmark index sensex, shows that they paid an average overall remuneration of close to Rs 19 crore to their top executives.

This includes salary , commissions, allowances, value of all perquisites and Esops exercised during the year, among other benefits disclosed by the companies as part of the total remuneration to their top-paid executives which included executive chairpersons, CEOs or managing directors.

The analysis is based on the disclosures made by 20 out of the total 24 private sector companies on the sensex, as the remaining four are yet to disclose their figures. Among the six PSUs on the sen sex, the figure for 2015 16 is available only in case of SBI, whose chairperson Arund hati Bhattacharya got about Rs 31 lakh.

Those at the lower end in terms of overall remuneration were mostly bankers and in cluded Axis Bank's Shikha Sharma (Rs 5.5 crore), ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar (Rs 6.6 crore) and HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri (Rs 9.7 crore). At HDFC, chairman Deepak Pa chairman Deepak Parekh was paid Rs 1.89 crore, while vice-chairman and CEO Keki Mistry got Rs 9.3 crore and MD Renu Sud Karnad got Rs 8.5 crore.The latest figures were not available for four companies -Sun Pharma, Maruti, Hero MotoCorp and Cipla.

2nd highest ratio to national per capita income

A new measure puts Indian CEOs ahead of Americans, Nov 26 2016 : BLOOMBERG

The ratio between CEO compensation in India and other leading countries to the national per capita income


If your life's goal is to be a highly paid chief execu tive officer, the US is the place. But if your dream is just to be richer than society , South Africa and India are great bets too.

In either case, probably best to avoid Thailand, Poland and China.

A Bloomberg ranking of CEO compensation at companies filling benchmark indexes in 25 of the world's largest economies shows the biggest paychecks -by far -are written in the US. Heads of S&P 500 businesses get pay packages averaging $16.9 million, about 2.6 times more than what their counterparts reap abroad. In second-place Switzerland, CEOs get 1.6 times the average.

In China, pay is 90% below the average -at least based on disclosures by companies in the Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index.They typically report annual compensation of about $640,000. But heads of stateowned companies, for example, enjoy valuable perks including housing and entertainment that sometimes go unmentioned in filings.

The deck gets shuffled a bit when CEO pay is compared to estimated income generated per person -a rough gauge of what chiefs get relative to the society where their companies are listed. That puts pay for CEOs in South Africa and India ahead of the US. There are myriad reasons behind the international disparities in packages.

One of most important is size. The US is home to many of the world's largest publicly traded corporations.

Cost of living explains some of it, too. It's much more expensive to live lavishly in North America and Western Europe than in places like Thailand, where CEOs take home roughly $60,000 -less than in every other nation ranked. In other cases, it's cultural. In Japan, big paychecks are typically taboobecause they're considered a sign of greed. And taxes and regulations matter.

In the US, businesses will at least be required to disclose more, comparing a CEO's pay with the median worker's starting in 2017.President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to issue a temporary moratorium on new regulations that aren't “compelled by Congress or public safety.“ Such comparisons aren't simple. Bloomberg's ranking of CEO pay against earnings across society bases income generated per person on gross domestic product per capita, adjusted for purchase-price parity . It's not a perfect measure: GDP measures just the value of goods and services produced, not how they were distributed.

The figures show that CEOs in South Africa and India take home more than the estimated income generated by an average worker -outearning their American colleagues on a relative basis.

Each country's compensation figure is based on the average CEO pay package for companies in one major stock index, weighted by market capitalization. The pay, disclosed in public filings, includes any salary , bonuses, value of perquisites and non-cash pay such as equity awards, deferred-compensation programs and pensions.

2016: 3PIOs among top 100;2 in top 10

Sources: The Times of India

1. The Times of India, Apr 29 2016

2. The Times of India, May 28, 2016

2 Indians among 10 highest paid CEOs

As many as three Indian origin persons have been named among the 100 highest-paid CEOs globally with PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi and LyondellBasell's Bhavesh V Patel making it to the top ten list compiled by Equilar.

Chemicals company LyondellBasell Industries' top executive Patel was ranked sixth on the list with a total compensation of $24.5 million, while Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo, was ranked eighth on the list with a total pay of $22.2 million. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, was ranked 26th on the list of 100 highestpaid CEOs with a total compensation of $18.3 million.

A mere $19.3 million. That's how much compensation Wells Fargo's chief executive, John G Stumpf, was awarded last year, making him perfectly representative of the best-paid CEOs in the country.

Among the 200 highest-paid chief executives at American companies with annual revenue of at least $1 billion that filed proxies by April 30, the average pay was, give or take a few thousand dollars, equivalent to Stumpf's own: a cool $19.3 million.

Yet by the topsy-turvy standards of corporate pay, what's remarkable is not how big that number is, but how small.

After years of steady increases, the average compensation among the top executives in 2015 was down 15% from the 2014 figure of $22.6 million, according to the Equilar 200 Highest-Paid CEO Rankings, conducted for The New York Times. By other measures, too, CEO compensation declined. Cash and stock awards, the main components of pay packages, fell last year. Among the companies in the rankings, the biggest pay package, worth $94.6 million, went to Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia. That meant that for the first time since 2012 no company awarded its chief more than $100 million.

All of which raises a tantalizing prospect: Has executive pay finally peaked? Have the CEOs and the compensation committees that set their pay discovered something approaching modesty?

Some experts say that is the case. "We're hearing a great deal more concern from compensation committee chairs about absolute pay," said Kenneth Daly, CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a trade group for board members. What is certain is that last year's weak stock market pulled down the value of executive pay packages. After posting fairly consistent gains for years, the S&P 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average each fell slightly in 2015. Because the average compensation package was 69% stock, lower share prices meant less pay for CEOs.

But the relation between pay and performance remains tenuous at best. Several CEOs reaped huge windfalls, even while presiding over precipitous declines in total shareholder return. Take Philippe Dauman, chief of the media conglomerate Viacom. Dauman was awarded $54.1 million last year, a 22% raise from 2014. Over the year, Viacom shares plunged 43%.

2016> 2017: fewer CEOs get pay increases

Namrata Singh, 51 Execs Get Over 10% Pay Hike In FY17 Against 72 In FY16, December 26, 2017: The Times of India

2015> 2017- slow growth in the number of upper- rung CEOs, and in their compensations
From: Namrata Singh, 51 Execs Get Over 10% Pay Hike In FY17 Against 72 In FY16, December 26, 2017: The Times of India

Slowdown restricts CEOs’ entry into million-$ club


A subdued economy has not only hit the man on the street but also top execs in the corner office by slowing their entry into the million-dollar salary club.

According to a study by EMA Partners, commissioned byTOI, only one executive was added to their list of CEOs who took home a million dollars (about Rs 6.5 crore) in compensation in 2016-17. Global executive search firm EMA Partners tracks the earnings of CEOs/ CXOs across top 200 listed companies in India for TOI. Over the last few years, there has been a steady rise in the membership of the elite club — from 94 in 2013-14 to 100 in FY15 to 119 in FY16. After growing at 6% and 19% respectively in the previous two fiscals, the pace has slowed in 2016-17 with the club expanding by just one more member to 120. The study does not include stock options and, thus, several CEOs who took home a fatter package on account of such perquisites do not figure in the list.

The total compensation of the elite club has come down from Rs 2,083 crore in 2016 to Rs 1,979 crore in 2017. It stood at Rs 1,528 crore in 2015. The average compensation (total sum of compensation divided by the number of executives in the million-dollar club), too, has fallen from Rs 17.5 crore in 2016 to Rs 16.5 crore in 2017. In 2015, the average compensation was around Rs 15 crore. According to the study, the average compensation is lower in 2017 as only 51executives got over 10% increase in salary against 72 in 2015-2016.

What are the reasons behind the muted membership rise in the elite club when the global growth outlook has improved and the India story remains intact? “The rise in compensation depends on several factors, including business growth, availability and competition for talent, internal leadership pipeline and, above all, the business impact. The core/manufacturing sector has gone through a bit of stress during the past year and this reflects in the overall muted compensation trend in that period,” said K Sudarshan, regional managing partner —Asia, EMA Partners. The overall CEO compensation is also a function of the profitability of the enterprise and the commissions/incentives paid out in lieu, he added. Sudarshan, however, sees this as a temporary phenomenon as growth and profitability numbers are kicking in this fiscal and he expects compensation to also keep pace with it.

Moreover, it’s a myth to believe that CEO compensation necessarily goes up every year, says Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and director, group HR, Aditya Birla Group. “Some years may see a strong rise, while others may witness muted growth. The growth of the economy too can be a factor in the rate of compensation growth. Let’s also not forget that boards and shareholders nowadays keep a close watch on the CEO compensation, making it more aligned to the performance of the company.”

The study also establishes the trend of professional CEOs outnumbering promoter CEOs. Among the 120 CEOs in the million-dollar salary club, 61 are professional CEOs and 59 are promoters. Sudarshan said, “As we have seen, professional CEOs will continue to become more prominent and the tribe is set to expand as Indian businesses grow in scale and complexity.”

Leading the list of milliondollar salary CEOs, once again, are the Marans of Sun Group — Kalanithi Maran and Kavery Kalanithi — who drew a compensation of about Rs 78 crore each in 2016-17 (see graph). Former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, who catapulted into the top 10 of the club last year with a compensation of Rs 49 crore, is down to rank 54 this year with a Rs 12-crore package. Among the professional CEOs who marked their entry into the club this time are Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors (around Rs 16 crore), Suresh Narayanan, CMD, Nestle India (Rs 9 crore) and Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank (about Rs 8 crore). Among those who exited the club are Gautam Singhania, CMD, Raymond (approximately Rs 6 crore) and Ajit Gulabchand, CMD, HCC (around Rs 4 crore). T K Kurien, who retired as executive vice-chairman of Wipro on January 31, 2017, had a total compensation of Rs 9.7 crore from April 1, 2016 till the time he superannuated. However, he did not make it to the list this year because his compensation includes a stock option component of around Rs 5 crore.

AM Naik, who retired as executive chairman of Larsen & Toubro in September 2017, on the other hand, took home a retirement benefit component of Rs 38 crore (which includes encashment of accumulated past service leave of Rs 32 crore) which boosted his total income to about Rs 60 crore (excluding stock option perquisites), aiding his inclusion in the million-dollar club this year. Naik’s basic salary was just around Rs 3 crore in fiscal year 2017.

Most founders earn more from equity appreciation than salary and requisite commissions. According to the study, Mukesh Ambani’s compensation this year remained the same as that in 2015-16 at Rs 15 crore, while Anand Mahindra’s package rose to around Rs 8 crore from Rs 7 crore. Kumar Mangalam Birla figured in the top 20 with a compensation of Rs 38 crore, which is down from Rs 43 crore last year.

Average CEO salary in India is said to be lower than comparable companies in the West in absolute terms. “Many Indians are succeeding as CEOs of global companies, giving credence to country’s talent and ability. The question to ask would be whether Indian CEOs leading global businesses will be compensated on a par with colleagues in the West and at what stage of economic growth are we likely to see it happening,” Misra said. He believes compensation issues, particularly the executive & CEO package, are often oversimplified in popular discourse.

2017: CEOs in India get 229x average worker’s pay

CEOs in India get 229x avg worker’s pay, December 29, 2017: The Times of India

The ratio compares CEO pay with the per-capita GDP adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), as in December 2017
From: CEOs in India get 229x avg worker’s pay, December 29, 2017: The Times of India

Chief executive officers in the US are paid much better than their peers abroad, and the gap between their compensation and that of average American workers is wider than in other countries. CEOs of the biggest publicly-traded US companies averaged $14.3 million in annual pay, more than double that of their Canadian counterparts and 10 times greater than those in India, according to a Bloomberg analysis that used benchmark stock indexes in 22 nations.

CEOs of companies listed in India’s sensex index still earn 229 times more than the average worker there, the second-biggest gap worldwide after the US ratio of 265, according to a separate Bloomberg ranking. Norway and Austria have among the smallest margins. CEOs of companies in the Norwegian OBX index got on average $1.28 million, roughly equal to the income generated by 20 people.

A company listed on a US exchange must disclose the ratio between a CEO’s compensation and the pay of its median worker for any fiscal year starting on or after January 1, 2017. Peter Simon, a German lawmaker in the European parliament, proposed a similar ratio for banks, aiming to bring executive pay to a “more appropriate level”.

There are myriad reasons for compensation discrepancies between executives. The US is home to several of the world’s largest corporations, which tend to pay more. Cost of living is often higher in North America and Western Europe than some parts of Asia. And even the mere disclosure of detailed figures can push pay higher as boards set CEOs’ compensation in line with their peers, said Tim Quigley, associate professor of management at the University of Georgia.

Each country’s compensation figure is based on the average CEO pay package for companies in one major stock index, weighted by market capitalisation.

2018: Infosys and other IT giants’ CEOs

Infy to pay CEO much less than Sikka, January 5, 2018: The Times of India

IT CEO salaries- Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and TCS
From: Infy to pay CEO much less than Sikka, January 5, 2018: The Times of India

Infosys will pay about Rs 32.5 crore (approximately $5.12 million) every year to its new chief executive Salil Parekh, subject to his achieving laiddown milestones. That’s significantly lower than the $11 million that former CEO Vishal Sikka was eligible to.

Some of that difference perhaps arises because Sikka was based in the US, while Parekh will be stationed in Bengaluru. But it is also likely a reflection of the unhappiness expressed by the company’s promoters, notably N R Narayana Murthy, on Sikka’s compensation.

Parekh, a former Capgemini executive, will be paid an annual fixed salary of Rs 6.50 crore and a variable portion of Rs 9.75 crore. The latter will be “subject to the company’s achievement of certain milestones as determined by the board or its committee, in its sole discretion, from time to time,” Infosys said in a filing with the BSE late on Wednesday.

In addition, the 53-year old executive is also eligible for an annual equity grant of restricted stock units (RSUs) worth Rs 3.25 crore for three years and an annual performance equity grant of RSUs worth Rs 13 crore upon completing three years in 2021 subject to achieving certain milestones. He will also be paid a one-time Rs 9.75 crore in stocks.

Sikka, who joined as the first non-founder CEO in August 2014, had a fixed compensation of $3 million, while the remaining $8 million was variable. In his last full year (2016-17), he received only $3.68 million of variable pay because the company did not meet the laid-down milestones.

“The flamboyant western salary and private jet use of Sikka created a major perception issue for Infosys internally. Parekh’s salary seems lower than most of his peers, which is understandable considering this is his first CEO gig,” Phil Fersht, CEO of HfS Research said.

“In reality, Parekh can still make a lot of money from stock and performance, so this is much more about perception than anything else — appeasing Narayana Murthy and the Indian IT aristocracy that Infosys will not behave like a Silicon Valley firm ever again,” he said.

Cognizant’s Francisco D’Souza, who is based in the US, received a compensation of $12 million (Rs 76.1 crore) for the year ended December 2016, while TCS’ Rajesh Gopinathan was paid Rs 6.22 crore before he became the CEO. Wipro’s Abidali Neemuchwala, who is based in the US, was paid about Rs 13.3 crore ($2.09 million) for 2016-17.

Dan Marcec, director, content & communications at compensation research firm Equilar, said US tech companies tend to pay their executives more in stock and options than other US companies. According to Equilar’s annual CEO pay report, technology CEOs received the lowest proportion of their total pay from base salary.

2018: top CEOs get a raise

Namrata Singh, Million-$ club CEOs get a raise after 2017 pay decline, December 27, 2018: The Times of India

Average salaries and compensation of Chief Executive Officers, FY15- FY18
From: Namrata Singh, Million-$ club CEOs get a raise after 2017 pay decline, December 27, 2018: The Times of India


76 Execs See Over 10% Hike In FY18 Against 51 In FY17

The occupants of the corner office at India Inc earning top dollars have reasons to cheer. Not only has the milliondollar salary club added new members, but the overall compensation too has seen a rise this year.

After a muted growth last year, the number of executives earning a million dollars in salary (about Rs 6.5 crore) rose to 124 in FY18 from 120, with total compensation jumping 9% to Rs 2,158 crore. According to a study of top 200 listed firms by EMA Partners, commissioned by TOI, the elite club saw a larger number of CEOs/executives — 76 — receiving an over 10% salary jump as compared to 51 last year. The total compensation had declined by 5% to Rs 1,979 crore in FY17.

The study, which is based on compensation numbers in annual reports, took the conversion rate of the rupee to the

US dollar at Rs 65. The study covers commissions earned in FY18, but not stock options. An equal number of professional CEOs and promoter CEOs figure in this year’s list, unlike in the past when the former had a bigger presence.

AM Naik, who retired as L&T chairman last year, tops the elite list with a compensation of around Rs 89 crore, beating the Marans (Kalanithi and Kavery Kalanithi), the promoters of Sun Group, by more than a crore. According to L&T’s balance sheet, Naik earned a little under Rs 3 crore in salary in 2017-18 and a commission of about Rs 9 crore. Retirement benefits of about Rs 78 crore, which include encashment of accumulated leave of Rs 19 crore, a gratuity of Rs 55 crore and pension of Rs 1.5 crore, bolstered his compensation. JSW Group chairman Sajjan Jindal, whose compensation has more than doubled to Rs 49 crore, has stormed into the top 10.

“Overall CEO compensation continued to maintain its upward momentum as Indian businesses grow in scale and complexity. Indian businesses are quickly catching up or, in some cases, have surpassed their global peers in terms of CEO compensation and are looking to attract the best global talent. We expect this trend to accelerate in the coming years,” said K Sudarshan, regional managing partner (Asia), EMA Partners.

Commenting on his compensation, Naik said, “It cannot be reckoned as a recurring remuneration since it includes retirement benefits and perquisite value of employee stock options granted in the past. As a company, we are very conscious that increments are linked to profits. We see the profit growth and then decide on increments. There’s a nomination and remuneration committee of four directors which decides remuneration for directors. Corporate HR, on the other hand, proposes increments for all other employees.” Naik said it is logical to have a correlation in the growth of company profits and the growth in the compensation of the CEOs. L&T’s profits rose 22% year-on-year to Rs 7,370 crore in 2017-18.

Some of the new entrants to the club are P R Venketrama Raja, CMD, Ramco Cements, who earned about Rs 34 crore, Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO & MD of TCS, with earnings of around Rs 12 crore, and N Ganapathy Subramaniam, COO of TCS, who got Rs 9 crore during the year.

Cross-industry hiring

2018: highest in e-commerce, retail

Namrata Singh, Cross-industry CEO hiring max in e-tail, February 16, 2019: The Times of India

Core Expertise No Longer Key For Leader: Study

In 2018, a good 40% of CEO placements were cross-industry hires, while the number was even higher among CXOs at 43%. Today, hiring CEOs/CXOs doesn’t warrant core industry experience in many organisations. This trend also demonstrates the growing demand for contrarians who can bring in fresh perspectives, keeping in view the manifold increase in the threat for disruption of most businesses.

These observations were drawn from a research project undertaken exclusively for TOI by Executive Access to study the statistical trends of movements of over 220 CEOs and CXOs across industries in the last year.

While the trend of crosshiring has been amply established, it is more pronounced in industries like e-commerce, consumer/retail and professional services. Cross-industry movement percentages of CEOs in these industries is 80%, 70% and 67%, respectively. A similar trend is seen even in CXO hiring in these three industries.

Executive Access (India) MD Ronesh Puri said, “There’s a churn happening across different industries but it is very high in e-commerce where there is a constant fear of consolidation. The burnout here also is high.” Being a young industry, cross-sector hiring is being fuelled by the necessity to fill from other industries.

Bigbasket head (HR) and adviser to the Fundamentum fund for entrepreneurs, Hari T N, said new-age startups in ecommerce and consumer internet are disrupting existing business models. “Smart executives from outside the industry are best at spotting innovation opportunities and creating disruption better than those from within the industry. This is because those from within the industry come with baggage, blind spots and constrained thinking. Therefore, when disruption and innovation is critical for success, it is a better bet to hire someone smart from outside the industry who comes with an open mind and unconstrained thinking,” said Hari.

However, Hari added when one wants to expand an existing market or grow a mature company, executives from within the industry may have an edge.

On the other hand, the appetite for cross-industry hiring in industries like pharma/healthcare (29%), core technology companies (25%) and banking, financial services & insurance (BFSI - 15%) are relatively low. The niche nature of most areas of these businesses and the requirement for higher technical specificity in these industries could be driving this conservative trend.

Consulting, on the other hand, takes sector specialists, which leads to higher incidence of cross-hiring. PwC India leader (people & organisation) Chaitali Mukherjee said, “Industries are evolving rapidly and their very reason for existence is changing. Hence, organisations are keen to get an ‘outside-in’ perspective, since problems are now cutting across industries.”

In industrial sectors, the trend of cross-hiring is gaining momentum. Executive Access sees cross-industry hiring picking up pace in the coming months. The change could be substantive even in other areas, including diversity cross-industry hiring, which currently is a mere 10%. “Now the confidence levels of people moving has risen. During our placements, we realised two out of three candidates want to move to another industry,” said Puri.

Mukherjee said leaders of the future are not going to be leaders on account of their industry expertise. Going forward, she said, the ability of the leaders to practise ‘disruptive envisioning’ and ‘multi-dimensional sense-making’ that gets them to think of non-linear problems, in a bold and disruptive manner by connecting discrete and unconnected data points, will be their reason for being reckoned as leaders.

Extensions after age 70

The Times of India

Billionaire club, 70+ age; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India

Jul 08 2015

Reeba Zachariah & Boby Kurian

Super rich don't want to retire

Wipro's Premji, Lupin's Gupta Among 234 Seeking Extension As New Cos Act Caps Age Of Those In Executive Role At 70

About half a dozen billionaires are among the 234 business leaders who are seeking extension of the retirement age, which has been fixed at 70 years under the revamped Companies Act for those serving in a listed company in an executive role. Wipro boss Azim Premji, who turns 70 on July 24, is seeking a two-year extension as executive chairman and managing director at the company's annual general meeting slated for July 22. With a net worth estimated at over $16 billion, Premji, India's third richest man, emerges the most influential India Inc name seeking continuation of employment under a more stringent Act.

Pharma major Lupin's Desh Bandhu Gupta, with a net worth of $6.4 billion, is another billionaire seeking extension as executive chairman for five years through a special resolution at the company's July 23 AGM. “The new Act requires a proper justification and a special resolution with 75% voting in favour to continue with executive powers beyond 70. An age limit was deemed fit since significant public capital is parked with the country's largely promoter-driven companies,“ said Sai Venkateshwaran, partner and head of accounting advisory services at KPMG. This applies to those with executive functions and not independent directors.

Premji's desire to not hang up his boots is putting the spotlight on the so-called `Club of 70s', which includes the likes of Adi Godrej, KP Singh (of DLF), who have all got extensions under the previous Act to continue to lead their companies.

Wockhardt's Habil Khoraki wala, with a promoter stake worth $2 billion, also sought a similar continuation earlier this year. Adi Godrej continues to steer his family's interest, estimated at $4.8 billion, in Godrej Consumer Products as does K P Singh with a $2.5-billion stake in DLF . Kirpal Singh, 89, who heads Dolphin Offshore Enterprises as chairman, is the oldest executive head currently . Other veterans include P R S Oberoi (86) of EIH and C Prathap Reddy (83) of Apollo Hospitals Enterprises.

Most of them control a signif icant block of shares, giving them enough comfort to seek extensions even under the stringent, new rules. Premji and DLF's Singh control around 74% shares each in their companies, while Godrej has 63% and Lupin's Gupta 46%. L&T Group executive chairman A M Naik, probably the mostinfluential professional executive head past his retirement age, sought continuation under the old rules and has two more years at the helm unless he seeks another extension.

Wipro's special resolution recalls how Premji, who joined the business in the 1960s, turned a $2-million business into a $7.5-billion entity and India's third largest software exporter.While Premji's extension is set to sail through in the upcoming shareholder meeting, there have been minority investor rebellions against older executive heads in some of the lesserknown listed companies.

Some minority shareholders of Ultramarine & Pigments have written to the company that its executive chairman R Sampath, who is past 70, should step down. But the company said it has robust legal advice stating no requirement for a fresh ratification until Sampath's current tenure under the old Act ends.

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