This excerpt taken from the BEZ DEF 14A filed Apr 3, 2009.
Setting Total Executive Compensation
Proposed compensation for all but the CEO, the COO, and the CFO is initiated by the CEO. He evaluates the performance of the other executive officers in terms of their individual performance and contribution to Company objectives in the context of the Watson Wyatt survey data. The CEO then seeks the advice and counsel of the Executive Committee of the Board (whose membership also includes two independent Directors). The Executive Committee also reviews the Watson Wyatt survey data for the CEO, COO, and CFO positions. The results of these discussions and the CEOs recommendations are presented to the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee meets with the CEO and discusses his recommendation for the COO and CFO. The Chair of the Compensation Committee ensures the performance of the CEO is assessed for the previous year and establishes future compensation considerations. The actual evaluation is conducted by the two independent Directors of the Executive Committee.
The Compensation Committee examines all recommendations within the established framework as described. It sets the compensation for the CEO, COO, and CFO and also sets the compensation for the other Named Executive Officers, generally following the recommendations of the CEO. The Committee also approves the recommendations for other executive salaries. The Compensation Committee submits these decisions to the Board of Directors for their review and approval.