Why do leaders of most publicly traded companies, including those at supermarkets, deserve the millions in bonuses, stock options and perks they receive each year? Even in the face of poor or lagging performance, the rewards levels often remain high. With this in mind, I decided to explore the significance of Kroger Co.'s board approving last month a long-term bonus plan for "certain key executives," including David B. Dillon, Kroger's chief executive officer and chairman (see SN news brief, ...

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