Remuneration for Executive Members

Executive Remuneration

To ensure the transparency and fairness in executive compensation systems and levels, the Company has established a Remuneration Advisory Committee to conduct deliberations and provide advice to the Board of Directors in accordance with the consultation thereof. Compensation (base salary, bonus, stock compensation) for each director is decided at the Board of Directors meeting based on the advice of the Compensation Advisory Committee.

Types and Methods for Determining Remuneration

Example of Compensation for Directors (excluding outside directors)
Breakdown of Executive Remuneration

Reference: Performance-linked stock compensation and stock price-linked bonuses

Performance-linked stock compensation was introduced from 2015 for the compensation of directors engaged in business execution in order to increase the willingness to contribute to medium- to long-term performance improvement and corporate value improvement.
In addition, from the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, the Company introduced "stock price-linked bonuses" with the aim of providing a strong incentive to achieve medium-term management plan targets, and increasing the linkage between remuneration for Directors and the stock price. In this system, "EPS [1] growth rate," which was set as a target figure for the medium-term management plan, and "stock price change rate," which is directly linked to changes in share price, are used as performance indicators.

  • [1]
    Basic Earnings per share

Results of Remuneration Advisory Committee Meeting (FY2020.3)

  • The Remuneration Advisory Committee met three times, and all members attended.
  • They discussed the amount of performance-linked compensation provided in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, the fairness of the level of compensation for the Company's directors and Audit & Supervisory Board members, and the general outline of the stock price-linked bonus system.

Introduction of Stock Price-Linked Bonuses (Activities of the Remuneration Advisory Committee)

Photo: Goro Yamaguchi
Goro Yamaguchi
Remuneration Advisory
Committee chair
Outside director
Photo: Goro Yamaguchi
Goro Yamaguchi
Remuneration Advisory
Committee chair
Outside director

As the outside director chairing the Remuneration Advisory Committee, I submit this report.
The committee deliberates general compensation for directors and Audit & Supervisory Board members. In the fi scal year ended March 31, 2020, the Remuneration Advisory Committee met three times and conducted deliberations related to compensation systems for directors suited to KDDI from various perspectives. As a result, we were able to propose the introduction of stock price-linked bonuses. A general outline of that debate follows.

1. Level of compensation for KDDI's directors

First, regarding the level of compensation for KDDI's directors, we assessed whether it was commensurate with the expectations and responsibilities of directors and whether it was fair in comparison with the benchmark group of companies while referencing objective survey data from external specialist organizations. We also deliberated about the appropriate level. As a result, based mainly on comparisons with other companies of similar size and in the same industry in Japan, we advised that compensation be revised to a composition that is appropriate for the work duties of directors who are responsible for executing business in response to a mandate from shareholders.

2. Composition of compensation for KDDI's directors and selection of KPIs

Compensation for KDDI's directors had been composed of basic compensation, performance-linked bonuses, and performance-linked stock compensation. When revising the composition, we considered it from the direction of introducing a new compensation system that is more directly linked to the stock price and enhancement of medium-to long-term corporate value.
As a result, we advised adopting the following two KPIs.

  • (1)

    EPS growth rate

    In the medium-term management plan, we target growth of 1.5 times in EPS by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2025, compared with the level in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. We established an indicator of year-on-year EPS growth rate as an incentive to support the achievement of this plan.

  • (2)

    Stock price change rate

    We established the indicator of stock price change rate to incorporate market evaluations of operating results and corporate activities and enhance the connection with stock price. Furthermore, "stock change rate" means relative evaluation with the TOPIX growth rate, not the change rate of KDDI's stock price. In this way, we can make fair evaluations based on overall changes in the stock market.

This is how we introduced stock price-linked bonuses with the aim of strongly motivating achievement of the medium-term management plan goals and enhancing the connection between stock price and compensation for directors.
I believe the mission of this committee is to consider forms of compensation that are connected with sustainably enhancing corporate value over the medium to long term. We will continue to contribute to the sustainable growth of the KDDI Group.

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