Using Capital IQ to screen for company executives and board members

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S&P Capital IQ is a premier financial database that is available for the use of Wharton students in the Yablon Financial Resources Lab here in the Lippincott Library, or through MBA Career Management for MBA students during the academic year. One great feature of Capital IQ is the Screenings tool, with which you can generate a list of companies, equities, transactions, or people based on a specific set of criteria that you identify.

Once you create your screening, you are able to export it to Excel. This is particularly useful for the People Screening function if you are looking to download a structured data set on a group of executives that meet specific criteria. There are not many resources that allow you to do this for individual people as opposed to companies or equities as a whole.

However, Capital IQ’s screening tools are not the most intuitive, so finding the specific criteria you want to include in your screening can sometimes be a challenge. Here, we will show you how to pull structured data on executive compensation history for a set of companies. These techniques can be applied to a wide variety of screenings in Capital IQ.

  • To get started, hover over “Screening” in the ribbon at the top of the page and select “People.”

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  • For the purposes of this blog post, let’s say that you want to screen for executives from companies in the S&P 500 index. In the first column of links on the Person Screening screen, click on “Indices” in the “Equity Details” box.

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  • Select “S&P 500 Index” from the list of options.

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  • If you would like to screen for current professionals at these companies, ensure the drop-down is set to “Current Professional.” If you would like to screen for prior professionals, ensure that the drop-down menu is changed to “Prior Professional.” Click “Add Criteria.”

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  • In the 3rd column of criteria on the page, there is an “Employment/Board” window. Click on “Professional Job Functions” in that window to specify which job functions you would like to evaluate in this screening.

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  • Choose the desired job functions from the “Available Items” window. To screen for current professionals, make sure that the “Limit to current job functions only” box is checked, and the drop-down is set to “Current Professionals.” If you are screening for prior (previously employed) professionals, make sure the drop-down menu is changed to “Prior Professionals.” Click “Add Criteria.”

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  • If you would like to screen for board members as opposed to employees, click on “Board Job Functions” in the “Employment/Board” window instead of “Professional Job Functions.” Choose the desired board functions from the “Available Items” window. To screen for current board members, make sure that the “Limit to current job functions only” box is checked, and the drop-down is set to “Current Professionals.” If you are screening for prior board members, make sure the drop-down menu is changed to “Prior Professionals.” Click “Add Criteria.”
  • IMPORTANT: If you want to look at compensation information for current AND prior employees or board members, you will need to run separate screenings for each set of criteria and then combine them in Excel later. For example, if you were interested in looking at data for current and prior executives and board members, you would need to run FOUR separate screenings: current executives, prior executives, current board members, and prior board members.
  • Once you have selected all of your desired criteria, click on the “Customize Display Columns” tab. This is where you are able to select the information you wish to view about each executive who fits your screening criteria.

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  • To display compensation for each executive, click on “Compensation” under “Person Details” in the fourth column. To display available salary information, make sure “Salary” is highlighted. Under time frame, select either “Latest Annual” or the fiscal year of your choice. Click “Add Columns.”
  • To display additional compensation information, such as bonuses, repeat the same steps for each individual criteria.
  • To view options information, click on “Options” under “Person Details” in the fourth column and add  your desired criteria.
  • If you are interested in viewing available education information for the executives in your screening, click on “Education” under “Person Details” in the fourth column. Select your desired criteria, and click “Add Columns”. Repeat for each remaining desired criteria. Note that not all education information is available, and depends on whether it was made public by the executive or the company.

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  • Once you have added all of your desired criteria and column information, click the “View Results” button. This will generate a list of executives meeting your screening criteria. To export the list to Microsoft Excel, make sure that Excel is selected near the top of the screening results and click “Go.” This will generate an Excel spreadsheet for your results.

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  • You can adjust your screening as necessary by clicking “Edit” next to the criteria you would like to adjust. Once you have made the necessary adjustments, click “View Results” again to update the screening. You will need to export the results to Excel again if you haven’t already done so.
  • Your screening is complete! You will be able to use this information to analyze executive compensation for your project.

There are a multitude of additional screenings you can run in Capital IQ, whether you are screening for companies, people, key developments, or transactions. We will focus on other types of screenings you can do in Capital IQ in a future blog post.

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