This excerpt taken from the WBS DEF 14A filed Mar 20, 2009.
Role of Compensation Consultant
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Compensation Committee typically engages an outside compensation consultant to offer market perspectives on annual pay, current executive compensation trends and compensation programs currently in place at Webster. The Committee has the authority to hire and fire the consultant and determine the nature and scope of the consultants assignments. During 2008, the Committee engaged Hewitt Associates as outside compensation consultant. At the direction of the Compensation Committee, Hewitt reviewed managements proposals to the Committee regarding executive compensation programs and arrangements, in particular the annual and long-term incentive programs. Hewitt also reviewed the Committees decision-making process, Websters executive talent strategies, and the competitive landscape. The Committee weighs the consultants perspective as part of its decision making process, and in turn may ask the consultant to communicate the Committees preferences, perspectives, and decision-making parameters to management. The Committee communicates compensation decisions directly to management. Hewitt did not determine the amount or form of compensation paid to Websters executive officers or directors during 2008.