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.
The remuneration for the Senior Executives shall consist of an annual fixed salary, short-term variable remuneration paid in cash (”STI”), the possibility to participate in long-term share or cash-based incentive plans (“LTI”), 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 is based on the Senior Executive’s competence, area of responsibility and market benchmarks.
- 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 performance, processes and transactions. The STI can amount to a maximum of 100 percent of the fixed salary. Payment of part of the STI is conditional upon a portion of it being invested in Kinnevik shares, until the Senior Executive has a shareholding in Kinnevik corresponding to his or her annual fixed salary, net after taxes.
- The LTI shall require an own investment and ensure a long-term commitment to the development of Kinnevik. The LTI shall be linked to certain pre-determined performance criteria, based on Kinnevik’s share price and the value growth of Kinnevik and Kinnevik’s private portfolio.
- 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 the total remuneration. The Senior Executives may also be offered health care insurance.
- 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 notice of termination of employment is 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, may in certain cases 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 a 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 paid out during 2017, please refer to Kinnevik’s 2017 Annual Report, Note 16 for the Group.