Main principles in the company's salary policy
The Group’s development is closely linked to the Group’s ability to recruit and retain managerial staff and the Group employs various models for remuneration of executive personnel on competitive terms. Executive personnel receive salary according to market terms. Remuneration varies over time both in respect of level and method of payment. In addition to the annual salary, the Group also pays performance-based bonuses limited to one year's salary, lump sum payments, sign-on fees, arranged leave of absence, educational opportunities and option agreements. The Group does not currently have an option programme. The Group has collective pension plans.
For logical reasons and to date, the Chairman of the Board has handled all practical matters in respect of agreements with the Group CEO on behalf of the Board. Remuneration of other members of the corporate management is determined by the CEO in consultation with the Chairman of the Board.
Remuneration is reviewed annually, but on a long-term perspective, ref. the requirement for continuity.
Principles for compensation in addition to base salary
Starting point: base salary
Salaries for executive personnel shall be competitive. Lerøy Seafood Group ASA aims to attract and retain the most talented management.
The base salary is normally the main element of executive personnel salaries. There is at present no particular limit on the total compensation a senior staff member may earn.
Additional remuneration: Bonus scheme
The salary earned by executive personnel must inspire high performance and must be structured to motivate extra efforts towards continuous improvement of operations and the company’s performance. The Group utilises performance- based bonuses of maximum one year's salary.
The Group does not currently have an option programme.
All companies in the Group satisfy the requirements in the Act relating to mandatory occupational pensions (Norwegian:OTP). At the time of writing, the Group only practises defined contribution pension plans.
The Group’s executive personnel participate in the company’s collective pension plans.
The Board limits the use of so-called severance pay agreements, but these have been practised in a few cases, albeit limited to two years’ salary. Severance pay may at times be a good alternative for all parties involved.
Executive personnel will normally receive non-pecuniary benefits commensurate with their positions. There are no particular limitations on the type of non-pecuniary benefits that can be agreed.
In connection with public share issues, the first of which took place in 1998, the company’s employees have been granted the right to subscribe to a limited number of shares at a discounted price (20%).
Procedure for stipulation of senior executive salaries
Please see the note to the financial statements for information on remuneration of individual executive personnel.
Stipulation of salary for Group CEO
Remuneration of the Group CEO is determined annually by the Chairman of the Board according to a mandate issued by the Board.
Stipulation of salary for the corporate management group
Remuneration of the individual members of the corporate management group is determined by the CEO in consultation with the Chairman of the Board. The Board of Directors shall be subsequently informed of the decision.
Establishment of incentive schemes
General schemes for payment of variable benefits, including bonus schemes, are established by the Board of Directors. The Group CEO allocates such incentive schemes and other benefits to the Group’s executive personnel within the boundaries established by the Board.
Remuneration of the Board of Directors
Board remuneration is not performance based. The Board members have no options. The Board’s remuneration is
determined annually by the annual general meeting.
Stipulation of salary for executive personnel in other Group companies
Other companies in Lerøy Seafood Group shall adhere to the main principles in the Group’s executive personnel salary policy as they are described in item one above.