Nasreen Rahman, assistant editor at IDS, has called the scrutiny over boardroom pay and the link to shareholder returns a "contentious issue".
New figures revealed that FTSE 100 directors' pay has risen over seven times faster than average wages.
Executive pay at FTSE100 businesses is coming under increased scrutiny. That is especially the case in financial services, where the connection between risk and reward is attracting attention not only from shareholders but also from regulators.
Remuneration committee chairmen have a crucial role to play in improving corporate governance in the wake of the credit crunch. Aligning the interests of the chief executive and shareholders is a particular challenge.