This excerpt taken from the MRO DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2007.
At Marathon, we believe that it is important to directly link compensation to our performance and to the value delivered to our stockholders. Accordingly, a key part of our business strategy is executing our pay-for-performance philosophy. This philosophy focuses our employees on the shared strategy and core values that drive our corporate performance.
As a result of our pay-for-performance philosophy, a substantial part of the compensation realized by our executives varies based on corporate performance. The executive compensation reported in this proxy statement reflects our corporate performance for the past several years, including 2006. Over the course of this time period, we have improved our position relative to other oil companies, maintained a high level of downstream performance, grown new upstream core areas and established an integrated gas business. Our performance is reflected in our three-year total stockholder return (TSR) of 212 percent. These accomplishments have been achieved while facing the challenges of heightened competition within our industry for resources and talent.
The report below gives you more information about our compensation philosophy for the named executive officers (Officers), including a detailed description of each component of pay. It also describes the decisions made by the Compensation Committee (the Committee) of our Board for 2006 Officer compensation.