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Poll results: Attitudes on CEO Pay

A majority of respondents believe, generally, pay is out of control.

BY HBSDealer Staff

HBSDealer’s latest poll question, inspired by the news reports questioning the sanity of high-eight-figure salaries, reveals 64% of respondents feel CEO salaries are out of control.

Specifically, the question reads: “Are CEO salaries out of control?” After more than 275 votes, the responses were:

  • Yes, 64%
  • Depends on the CEO, 30%
  • No, 17%.

The question was spurred by the media’s recent examination of the salary of Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co. — $65.6 million. The figure (but not the performance of Iger) was criticized by none other than Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney.

“Let me very clear,” Disney tweeted. “I like Bob Iger. I do NOT speak for my family but only for myself. Other than owning shares (not that many) I have no more say in what happens there than anyone else. But by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane.”

Then again, if the shareholder-elected compensation committee believes there is value for dollar in a seven-figure salary for a chief executive, well then, that’s just the price you pay in competitive business environment.

The poll remains open on the right side of the page (or scroll down your mobile device).

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