Participate in our 2020 Hot Topics
in Executive Compensation Study

Join Aon in capturing current and future trends
in executive compensation


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Key Dates:

  • Study Closes - April 22, 2020
  • Results Available - June 2020

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Study Overview and Scope

As the societal and economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to mount, executive compensation practices are poised to change in ways not seen in over 10 years. Falling share prices and shifting business prospects mean companies are already adjusting plans set in motion just a few short weeks ago. Fresh insights on how your peers are handling these changes will be critical in the months ahead.

Against this backdrop, our 2020 Hot Topics in Executive Compensation Study promises to be consequential, and includes questions specifically focused on ways companies are actively and/or potentially changing their executive compensation programs in light of current market conditions.

In addition to helping clients get a pulse on shifting market dynamics, this year’s study covers all of the core design issues executive compensation professionals require, including:

  • Expected compensation actions related to COVID-19;
  • Executive compensation priorities for 2020;
  • Planned base salary adjustments;
  • Annual incentive practices;
  • Equity grant vehicle mix and practices;
  • Exclusions and amendments to incentive plan targets;
  • Evaluation and monitoring of realizable pay;
  • Current governance policies and practices, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations;
  • Board leadership structure; and
  • Current outreach practices to shareholders.

Reporting & Participation Benefits

The results of this study should be invaluable to any organization that is looking to understand executive compensation trends and priorities for 2020.

Participation is complimentary and all participants will receive a copy of the results. All data will be kept strictly confidential by Aon and no individual company data will be shared with any study participant.

The study is best completed by or in conjunction with your compensation team. To preview a copy of the questionnaire, please click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of data does this study collect?
    This study includes questions pertaining to current topics and issues in executive compensation and corporate governance.
  • Is the study global or U.S. only?
    The study is primarily U.S.-focused. If you are a U.S.-based company or a U.S. subsidiary of a company based outside the country, you should take this study.
  • How long does the questionnaire take to complete?
    The time it takes to complete the questionnaire may vary, but we estimate it will take 45 - 60 minutes. We always encourage clients to review study questionnaires in advance of completing a study to determine where you might need to confer with a colleague about before entering data online.
  • When does this study close?
    Submissions for the 2020 Hot Topics in Executive Compensation Study are due by April 22, 2020.
  • When will results be available?
    We will publish the study results in early June.
  • Who is best suited to complete this study?
    In our experience, this study is best completed by a member of your compensation team.
  • Will my answers remain confidential?
    Yes, all individual responses will remain confidential. Additionally, study results will only be presented in an aggregate fashion without specific attribution to any company. The report will include a list of all participants by company name.