Switzerland's Top Firms Ask Shareholders for $826 Million to Pay Big Bosses

But they’re coming under pressure as earnings, shares disappoint

Switzerland’s 10 best-paying companies requested more than 800 million francs ($826 million) to compensate board members and executives at 2017 shareholder meetings, almost unchanged from the previous year, according to corporate governance group Ethos. With firms including Credit Suisse Group AG coming under increased public scrutiny for paying bonuses despite disappointing stock performance and earnings, executives seeking a well-paying job in Switzerland might look beyond big banks or drugmakers to companies such as duty free operator Dufry AG or asset manager Partners Group Holding AG. Both make the ranking even with market values of well below 20 billion francs.

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