The objectives of Kinnevik's remuneration guidelines are to offer competitive compensation to attract, motivate and retain key employees. The aim is to create incentives for the Senior Executives to execute strategic plans and deliver excellent operating results and to align their incentives with the interests of the shareholders. The intention is that all Senior Executives shall have a significant long-term shareholding in the company. Should Kinnevik establish operations, in the form of a coinvestment vehicle or other similar structure, for the purpose of investing third-party capital, Kinnevik and Kinnevik professionals may receive compensation based on the result of such operations.
The remuneration to the Senior Executives shall consist of an annual fixed salary, short-term variable remuneration paid in cash, the possibility to participate in long-term share or share-price related incentive programmes, pension and other customary benefits. Kinnevik regularly carries out a remuneration benchmarking exercise to ensure that it is aware of the relevant benchmarks for key positions.
- The fixed salary is reviewed each year and based on the Senior Executive's competence, area of responsibility and market benchmarks.
- The short-term variable remuneration paid in cash (the "STI") shall be based on performance in relation to established targets. The targets shall be individual and measurable as well as linked to specific performances, processes and transactions. The STI can amount to a maximum of 100 percent of the fixed salary and a part of the STI shall be invested in Kinnevik shares.
- Should Kinnevik establish operations, in the form of a co-investment vehicle or other similar structure, Kinnevik professionals (including Senior Executives), subject to making a coinvestment, may receive additional variable remuneration. Such remuneration will be a function of the amount of third-party capital raised and will be payable only if the returns generated on such third party capital exceed certain pre-determined minimum thresholds. The remuneration will be capped in relation to the return received by Kinnevik.
- The long-term share or share-price related incentive programmes (the "LTI") shall be linked to certain pre-determined financial and / or share or share-price related performance criteria and shall ensure a long-term commitment to the development of the company.
- Other benefits may include a company car, housing benefits for expatriated Senior Executives for a limited period of time, as well as other customary benefits. Other benefits shall not constitute a significant part of total remuneration. The Senior Executives may also be offered health care insurances.
- The Senior Executives are offered defined contribution pension solutions, with premiums amounting to a maximum of 30 percent of the fixed salary, these premiums are paid to insurance companies. Senior Executives that are non-Swedish residents may be offered, if it is approved by the Board, cash-based pension solutions corresponding to the premiums that otherwise would have been paid to insurance companies.
- In the event of notice of termination of employment being served by the company, the Chief Executive Officer is entitled to salary for a period of a maximum of 18 months and the other Senior Executives are entitled to salary for a period of a maximum of 12 months.
Board Members, elected at General Meetings, in certain cases may receive a fee for services performed within their respective areas of expertise, outside of their Board duties. Compensation for these services shall be paid at market terms and be approved by the Board.
In special circumstances, the Board may deviate from the above guidelines. In such case, the Board is obligated to give account for the appearance of, and the reason for, the deviation at the following Annual General Meeting.
For further information regarding the guidelines and remuneration for the Senior Executives in respect of 2015, please refer to the Group's 2015 Annual Report, note 23.