Executive Compensation

A Balanced Approach

We partner with Compensation Committees and management teams to help guide their approach to setting executive pay. This includes defining compensation philosophies, developing peer groups, conducting competitive assessments and managing risk— all in the name of ensuring your pay programs align with your business goals and key stakeholder goals.


Executive Compensation Strategy

We work with Boards of Directors and senior business leaders to design executive compensation programs that are fundamentally sound, flexible, responsive and competitive in today's aggressive market for top leadership talent. We begin by understanding your company's near- and long-term business priorities, and then partner with your people to:

  • Define Your Compensation Philosophy & Strategy
  • Identify Peer Group Companies
  • Assess the Competitiveness of Your Compensation Program
  • Ensure Effective Links between Pay & Performance
  • Conduct Retention Analyses

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Equity Strategy

In many cases, equity compensation can be the most powerful differentiating factor in executive compensation. From benchmarking award sizes to designing advanced performance-based equity programs, we help our clients maximize both the motivational and holding power of equity awards, while limiting dilution and burn rates. Our work typically includes:

  • Long-Term Incentive Plan Design
  • Equity Compensation Reviews
  • Monitoring Burn Rates & Shareholder Dilution
  • Share Request Modeling

Board of Director Compensation

Director compensation seems like it should be a straight-forward exercise. However, as time commitments increase, committee work gets more complex, and the prospect of litigation aimed at director equity awards climbs, finding the right balance between attracting quality directors and avoiding shareholder ire is as challenging as ever. We partner with boards to handle all of their compensation needs, including:

  • Aligning with Market Pay Levels
  • Adopt Great Pay Practices

Corporate Governance

From Sarbanes-Oxley to option expensing to Dodd-Frank, every public issuer faces a mountain of government and proxy advisor regulations aimed at executive compensation, director compensation, equity compensation, corporate governance and director independence. There are literally hundreds of rules and best practices for every Compensation Committee to consider. However, managing corporate governance, and more importantly, your relationships with shareholders, goes far beyond a check-the box exercise.

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