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Executive Biography & Compensation

This guide is suggested for reseachers looking for professional, educational, and compensation history of business executives and leaders.

Brief Biographies

  • Lexis/Nexis Academic The people tab aggregates biographical sources such as the Washington Post and New York Times biographical stories, S&P, ICC and Martindale Hubbell directories.

  • ReferenceUSA International module search provides access to Reuters biographies of business professionals.

  • Mergent Executive tab provides access to brief biographies of officers and directors of U.S. and foreign publically traded firms.

  • Marquis Who's Who The Business & Finance and Emerging Leaders components may be particularly usefull.


Executive Compensation

  • Proxy Statements Are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  They include compensation data for highest paid executives.  To find the an individuals compensation you first have to know what company they work for.  Proxy's are DEF 14A's.

  • ReferenceUSA

  • MarketInsight (S&P) The Executive Compensation database that includes compensation for officers and directors of U.S. companies and their peers can only be accessed by company, not executive name.

  • Mergent Search for U.S. and foreign executives in a wide variety of ways and get compensation as reported in proxies.

Indepth Biographies or Interviews

  • Catalog  Find out if any books have been written about your favorite business titan.

  • Biography Resource Center
  • ABI/Inform  Do a search in the Advanced tab and use the drop down menu to search for articles about "person" to find articles about people.

  • Business Source Premier Search the "people" field in the drop down menu to find articles about people.

  • Biographies Plus Illustrated Feature length biographies with images and links to recent news articles

Articles on Executive Compensation

To find articles on policies and practices about executive compensation search the recommended databases using the terms indicated below:

  • Executive Compensation
  • Directors of Corporations
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Salaries
  • Pay for performance
  • Employee stock options
  • Compensation
EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, books, working papers and dissertations from 1969 to present based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification. This enhanced version of EconLit includes the full text of all AEA journals and roughly 600 other scholarly journals.

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, country-and industry-focused reports.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full-text, scholarly and trade article database covering a wide range of topics including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems.


For books like these on executive compensation search our catalog for "executives salaries" or "executive compensation"

lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
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