• About the Author: Matteo Tonello

    Matteo Tonello is managing director at The Conference Board. In his role, Tonello advises members of The Conference Board on issues of corporate governance, risk management, corporate sustainability a…

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11 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: In 2016, tenure for outgoing CEOs was 9 years
Departing CEO tenure in 2016 was nine years, but five percent of S&P 500 companies are led by CEOs with tenures of 20 years or longer.…

11 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: In first half of 2017, 28 failed Say on Pay votes
In the Russell 3000, 28 of the executive compensation plans put to a say-on-pay vote in the first half of 2017 failed to receive the support of most s…

06 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Some financial CEO bonuses were up 40% in 2016
Financial company CEOs profited from post-election’s double-digit stock market gains, with some 2016 cash bonuses reporting staggering increases of mo…

10 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: As companies seek pay-for-performance, stock awards drive higher CEO compensation
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Stock awards have taken up the slack of virtually every other co…

19 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
Older CEOs Are Staying Longer, New Report Shows
The rate of succession of older CEOs of large U.S. public companies slowed significantly in 2015, bringing to a halt a generational shift in business …

25 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Sustainability issues are a priority for CEOs, yet few heads of sustainability report directly to CEOs
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Global CEOs now rank “sustainability” among their top five busin…

17 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: When it comes to leadership in sustainability, CEOs may be focusing on the wrong things
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board When it comes to leadership in sustainability, CEOs may be focus…

10 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Board engagement on sustainability issues is a strong indicator of leadership in sustainability, yet these issues remain absent from most company board discussions
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Board engagement on sustainability issues is a strong indicator …

03 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Just over one-third of companies assign responsibility for sustainability oversight to the board
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Just over one-third of companies assign responsibility for susta…

27 Jul. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: There Is No Lack of Professional Standards for Corporate Communicators, yet They Are Seldom Adopted
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Despite the proliferation of professional standards for the indu…

20 Jul. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: A Two-Way Dialogue with Customers and Stakeholders Is Now Commonplace as Companies Embrace Social Media
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Companies have embraced social media as an external communicatio…

13 Jul. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Corporate Communications Teams Outperform other Departments on Gender Diversity
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board In the rank and file, and among the field’s leadership, women ar…

06 Jul. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Communications KPIs Increasingly Focus on Analysts’ Understanding of Business Strategy and Financial Results
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board All companies responding to The Conference Board Corporate Commu…

16 Jun. 2016 | Comments (0)
Director Notes: How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Click here to download the current issue of Director Notes, enti…

14 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
Director Notes: Corporate Use of Social Media
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board While companies devote considerable effort to creating and managin…

30 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: The gap between women in the overall workforce and women in management is widest among financial companies
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board The gap between women in the overall workforce and women in mana…

08 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: While median corporate political contributions among the S&P 500 remain modest, pressure continues for greater transparency
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board About 1 in 10 S&P 500 companies disclose their political con…

24 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Despite the increase in sustainability reporting, few companies share data on environmental fines
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Fewer than one-fifth of global companies publicly disclose the t…

17 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Seeking energy consumption reductions, companies increasingly turn to green building policies
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Almost one-third of global companies report having a green build…

10 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Company-wide Day of Service is the most successful volunteer program
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Research conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference B…

03 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Data on corporate giving points to correlation between societal investment and firm performance
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Research conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference B…

27 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Societal investment remains strong, as companies embrace enterprise-wide giving strategies
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Research conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference B…

22 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
New Release: Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board I am pleased to present Handbook on Corporate Governance in Indi…

22 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
Director Notes: Activist Hedge Funds, ‘Golden Leash’ Special Compensation Arrangements, and Advance Notice Bylaws
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board The tactics used by activist hedge funds to target companies con…

09 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: R&D investment of large multinationals increasingly focuses on developing sustainable products
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Research conducted by The Conference Board in collaboration with…

01 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: CEOs in media and entertainment dominate the highest-paid CEO list
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Eight of the top 25 highest-paid CEOs among Russell 3000 compani…

18 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Smaller IT and healthcare companies continue to rely heavily on stock options
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board While stock options have fallen out of favor in the last five ye…

11 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Stock awards increase as a share of CEO pay mix
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Stock awards continue their rise as the most important component…

04 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Small companies drive increase in annual CEO bonuses
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board The median annual bonus for Russell 3000 company CEOs grew by ne…

04 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Performance-based elements dominate CEO pay
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board As companies respond to stakeholder demand for pay for performan…

21 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Telecom CEOs see biggest jump in pay, reversing long downtrend
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board After showing the biggest decline in CEO pay of any sector in th…

14 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Increase in options as part of total pay mix drives surge in healthcare CEO pay
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Healthcare CEOs saw the largest rise in total compensation of an…

07 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Larger company CEOs earn more overall, but smaller companies had the highest five-year percentage growth in pay
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board In 2014, the CEO of a manufacturing or nonfinancial services com…

30 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Total CEO pay rises, fueled by pension value adjustments, market performance, and peer pressure
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Median total compensation for CEOs of companies in the S&P 5…

23 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Responding to stakeholder demand for transparency, more companies provide advance notice of CEO succession
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Roughly three-quarters of companies in the S&P 500 that had …

16 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Despite an intense public policy debate on gender diversity in business leadership, disclosure reveals women continue to be under-represented in management positions
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Despite the intense public policy debate on the diversity of bus…

11 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: More long-serving inside execs tapped for CEO post, signaling a preference for in-house experience
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board A greater share of long-tenured executives were elevated to the …

19 Aug. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Companies under $100m in revenue neglect to review CEO succession plans until crisis strikes
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board Smaller companies continue to devote fewer resources to and lag …

16 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Response to Gary Wexler: The Incessant Demand for Data is No Bad Thing
In his recent post, “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?”, Gary Wexler argues that data can’t deliver a compr…

06 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Which funders are most interested in impact measurement? Corporations, it seems
We told you, when we launched this blog, that one of our focus areas wants to be social impact measurement. So we found it particularly interesting to…

03 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board launches Giving Thoughts
Welcome to Giving Thoughts, the new blog from The Conference Board dedicated to corporate philanthropy and social impact. Since The Conference Board w…

29 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Proxy Voting Analytics (2009-2013)
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board A Note from The Conference Board Governance Center: This pos…