|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
Compensation Discussion and Analysis and Carnival plc Directors Remuneration ReportPart I
in October 2016 (except for the removal of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as a result of its acquisition by Marriott International, Inc.). The Peer Group consists of 19 publicly-listed companies from diverse industries that exhibit similar size and business characteristics with Carnival Corporation & plc and reflect the market in which we may compete for business, investor capital and/or executive talent. The Peer Group reflects a balanced group of companies in the consumer discretionary sector, including media, retailing, services and transportation companies.
Competitive Market (Peer Group) Comparison. Annually, the Compensation Committees independent consultant, FW Cook, conducts a competitive market review to assist the Compensation Committees in their assessment of our Named Executive Officers competitive positioning of total compensation relative to the markets in which Carnival Corporation & plc competes for executive talent. FW Cook conducted a competitive market assessment on behalf of the Compensation Committees for fiscal 2018. The Compensation Committees reviewed our aggregate Named Executive Officer total compensation in comparison to the competitive market, which consists of the Peer Group as well as third-party surveys that reflect a broad database of hundreds of companies. The Compensation Committees were not provided with the identities of the companies in the surveys generally (or of the subsets of companies which had data for relevant comparable positions). As applicable, any utilized survey data was combined with the data for the Peer Group to produce a consolidated aggregated competitive market range for total direct compensation.
These analyses suggest that, in the aggregate, total direct compensation levels for our Named Executive Officers are competitively positioned. The Compensation Committees, as advised by FW Cook, consider total direct compensation to be generally competitive when within a range of 15% above or below the market median. Actual pay positioning can vary based on factors including job responsibilities, experience, impact of role and individual performance.
Consistent with the approach that the Compensation Committees take in reviewing each element of total direct compensation, the Compensation Committees utilize these analyses to assess the extent to which the compensation provided to our Named Executive Officers is generally consistent with that offered by companies with whom Carnival Corporation & plc competes for executive level talent. The Compensation Committees do not use these analyses to peg any particular element of compensation (or total compensation) to any specific targeted Peer Group level.
Named Executive Officer Compensation Design, Elements and Pay Mix
The compensation elements for our Named Executive Officers consist of base salary, an annual bonus, equity-based compensation, retirement benefits and perquisites.
The compensation practices for each of our Named Executive Officers vary in order to reflect the organizational structure of Carnival Corporation & plc. Three of our Named Executive Officers (Messrs.