This excerpt taken from the ATVI DEF 14A filed Apr 22, 2009.
Role of Executive Officers and Vivendi in Compensation Decisions; Use of Compensation Survey Data
The role of the Compensation Committee is to align the executive compensation program with stockholders' interests and our business strategy. The Compensation Committee believes this alignment can be best achieved by consulting with our senior management because of their familiarity with our day-to-day operations. As such, management provides the Compensation Committee with valuable insights into our day-to-day operations, what kinds of rewards and incentives are effective, and recommendations for compensation decisions. In the nine month period ended December 31, 2008, the Compensation Committee consulted with Messrs. Kotick, Kelly, Griffith, Morhaime, Tippl and Rose and Ms. Weiser in formulating compensation plans and members of that group attended Compensation Committee meetings. Since the Combination, the Compensation Committee also has regularly consulted with internal management at Vivendi for input into compensation decisions for the named executive officers.
We annually consult third-party surveys prepared by compensation specialists with respect to companies with comparable revenues, market capitalization, industry focus, number of employees, and similar business factors. For 2008, these surveys included, the Croner Software Games Compensation Survey, the Mercer Executive Compensation Survey and the Radford Executive Survey. These surveys help us understand the competitive market for the industries in which we compete for talent, including gaming, media and consumer products sectors.