This excerpt taken from the NYX DEF 14A filed May 7, 2007.
Additional NYSE Group Goals
Encourage strong performance of NYSE Group and its respective business units on both an annual basis, with a competitive annual base salary and an annual bonus
program, and on a long-term basis, by paying a substantial part of the annual bonus as equity-based compensation for eligible executives
Facilitate the integration of the legacy NYSE and Archipelago operations and complete the proposed combination with Euronext
Align long-term interests of senior executives and shareholders through equity-based awards with multi-year vesting requirements
Maximize shareholder value by designing our executive compensation programs to receive favorable tax and accounting treatments
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