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Executive Directors

The total remuneration package

Retirement benefits

Retirement benefit provisions are set in the context of the total remuneration for each executive director, taking account of age and service and against the background of evolving legislation and practice in Reed Elsevier’s major countries of operation. Base salary is the only pensionable element of remuneration.

Sir Crispin Davis is provided with a UK defined benefit pension arrangement targeting a pension of 45% of salary at his retirement age of 60. Mark Armour and Erik Engstrom are provided with UK defined benefit pension arrangements under which they accrue a pension of 1/30th of salary for every year of service (up to a maximum of two thirds of salary). The pension is provided through a combination of:

  • The main UK Reed Elsevier Pension Scheme for salary restricted to a cap, determined annually on the same basis as the pre-April 2006 Inland Revenue earnings cap, and
  • Reed Elsevier’s unfunded unapproved pension arrangement for salary above the cap.

Prior to 1 November 2007, Erik Engstrom was not a member of any company pension scheme and Reed Elsevier made annual contributions of 19.5% of his salary to his personal pension plan. From 1 November 2007 contributions to his designated retirement account ceased and he became a member of the UK defined benefit pension arrangement.

In respect of Ian Smith, Reed Elsevier will pay him a cash allowance in lieu of pension equal to 30% of base salary per annum.

Gerard van de Aast was a member of the UK defined benefit pension arrangement until the termination of his employment on 31 December 2008. On the termination date his period of pensionable service was increased by eight months, reflecting his mitigated notice period.

Andrew Prozes, a US-based director, is provided with a mixed arrangement of defined benefit and defined contribution. In accordance with US legislation, he has no defined retirement age. On 17 July 2007, he became vested in an annual pension of US$300,000. His basic pension continues to accrue at a rate of US$42,857 per annum for each completed year of service between 17 July 2007 and 1 February 2011. In addition, Andrew Prozes will be entitled to receive an enhancement to his annual pension unless he resigns or if his employment is terminated by Reed Elsevier for cause prior to 1 February 2011. Any such enhancement will be equal to US$3,720.93 times the number of completed calendar months between 1 July 2007 and the date of termination or, if earlier, 1 February 2011. For these purposes, his termination date shall be deemed to be 12 months after he ceases employment.

Patrick Tierney retired on 30 January 2008 and became fully vested in his pension in November 2007. The pension is reduced by the value of any other retirement benefits payable by Reed Elsevier or any former employer (other than those attributable to employee contributions).

The pension arrangements for all directors (UK and non-UK) include life assurance cover whilst in employment, an entitlement to a pension in the event of ill health or disability and a spouse’s and/or dependants’ pension on death.

The increase in the transfer value of the directors’ pensions, after deduction of contributions, is shown in the table below. Transfer values for the UK directors have been calculated in accordance with the guidance note GN11 published by the UK Institute of Actuaries and Faculty of Actuaries. The transfer values at 31 December 2008 have been calculated using the transfer value basis adopted by the trustees from 1 October 2008.

The transfer value in respect of individual directors represents a liability in respect of directors’ pensions entitlement, and is not an amount paid or payable to the director.

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Transfer values of accrued pension benefits

  Age
31-Dec
2008
Director’s
contributions
£
Transfer
value
of accrued
pension
31-Dec
2007
£
Transfer
value
of accrued
pension
31-Dec
2008
£
Increase in
transfer
value during
the year
(net of
director’s
contributions)***
£
Accrued
annual
pension
31-Dec
2008
£
Increase in
accrued
annual
pension
during
the year
£
Increase in
accrued
annual
pension
during
the year
(net of
inflation)
£
Transfer
value at
31-Dec
2008 of
increase
accrued
pension
during the
year (net
of inflation
and director’s
contributions)
£
Gerard van de Aast* 51 5,820 1,379,993 2,352,882 967,069 170,943 40,385 35,163 478,166
Mark Armour 54 5,820 3,466,035 4,358,939 887,084 284,535 30,613 20,470 307,772
Sir Crispin Davis 59 5,820 9,416,905 9,609,144 186,419 519,601 73,514 55,670 1,023,707
Erik Engstrom** 45 5,820 28,306 271,227 237,101 24,415 21,054 20,919 226,568
Andrew Prozes 62 2,498,231 3,059,120 560,889 231,184 47,302 47,302 625,913
Patrick Tierney 63 3,095,761 3,020,215 (75,546) 237,838

*On 1 January 2009 he started to draw his pension of £137,894 p.a.
**Based on a sterling salary which at 1 January 2008 was £627,612.
***For UK directors, includes changes in the calculation basis of transfer values adopted by the scheme trustees from 1 October 2008.