Dec 24, 2005

On overpaid CEOs - The Indian story

Rob makes the case that maybe some CEOs might deserve their pay packages. But most certainly don't.

In India CEO pay hasn't become so much of an issue, because promoter CEOs are still the norm and unlisted subsidiaries of MNCs don't have to declare CEO salaries. Therefore they end up getting compared to California salaries and seem a pittance.

But salaries in India have started to touch the Rs. 5 crore bracket, and there are a lot more people in the Rs 1 crore - 3 crore bracket. We'll probably see many more CEOs and Functional heads at this level as there will certainly be a shortage of leadership talent with the plethora of new organizations setting up shop in India.