Don’t pay CEO too much salary: Narayana Murthy

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Don’t pay CEO too much salary: N R Narayana Murthy
Narayana Murthy said that the main source of corporate scams is the moral weakness and incompetence of the chairman of the board in the companies where scams happen

Don’t pay CEO too much salary: Narayana Murthy

Company CEOs should get remuneration that is a fair multiple of the lowest-paid employee of that firm, believes Infosys founder Narayana Murthy. Speaking at the 47th National Management Convention (NMC) of All India Management Association (AIMA), Murthy said that if the lowest paid employee’s remuneration was Rs 2-3 lakh a year, the CEO remuneration should be Rs 70-80 lakhs. 

In addition, the shareholders must know the remuneration in full detail and the variable part of the remuneration must be linked to long-term performance of the company, and not just the current results. 

“During the last five years, there have been a few instances of serious governance deficits. This has created doubts among investors about the quality of corporate governance of Indian companies,” said N R Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys Limited. 

The main source of corporate scams, according to Narayana Murthy, is the moral weakness and incompetence of the chairman of the board in the companies where scams happen.

“When the CEO becomes more powerful than the board and the chairman operates at the pleasure of the CEO, then such things happen,” he said. 

According to Infosys founder, the biggest challenge in corporate governance is the agency cost, i.e. the cost incurred by management to meet the shareholders’ objectives. In the professionally managed companies, he says, management can push weak boards to extract unjustifiable compensation for themselves and use company’s resources for personal benefits, and the owner managers can use listed companies to enrich their private companies.  

He said that paying large severance packages to buy silence of outgoing executives has to be prevented by the board. 

Regarding whistleblowers, Infosys founder said that though the whistleblowers have been given legal protection, they still face harassment and social stigma. He demanded safeguards against bosses’ vendetta against whistleblowers.  

This story has not been edited by SightsIn Plus, published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Source– Zee Business

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