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Shareholder advocates use executive compensation-to-employee-compensation ratios to try to shame executives. Executives at rivals point to them to try to extract a bigger comp package from their boards. The executives themselves no doubt use them for bragging rights at the country club. And still others will quibble with the numbers, claiming they either do or don’t reflect actual value delivered.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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