Directors in Utah went back to school for Exec Comp 101: Emerging Trends and Key Concepts All Directors Should Know. Joe McNeal and Laura Wanlass from Radford in Denver discussed the key elements of the executive pay setting process, as well as the broader corporate governance themes that all board members should know. Key areas of focus included:
The basics of executive compensation benchmarking,
Insights into emerging trends in compensation,
Interplay between executive pay programs and shareholder perspectives.
Joe McNeal is an Associate Partner in Radford’s compensation consulting practice, where he supports Compensation Committees and senior HR leaders in the technology and life sciences sectors. Joe is currently focused on providing clients expertise in the areas of compensation planning and management, equity program design/development, total rewards assessments, and initial public offering transition strategies as part of Radford’s consulting team in San Francisco.
Prior to joining Radford, Joe held similar consulting positions with Compensia and Hay Group. His client experience includes a diverse group of public, private and not-for-profit organizations seeking guidance and counsel on issues ranging from pay for performance guidelines to the design of executive officer and Board of Director pay programs to compensation governance best practices.
Joe earned a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master of Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Partner & Corporate Governance Consulting Practice Leader
Laura Wanlass provides guidance on a broad range of executive compensation matters, including short and long term incentive plan design, executive pay levels, employment agreements, Securities and Exchange Commission & listing exchange compliance, severance, and general corporate governance matters. Areas of subject matter expertise and related consulting services include: (i) proxy advisory firm and institutional investor governance compliance, (ii) company dilution and equity plan share authorization modeling (Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Certified EPSC ISS Compass & Executive Compensation Solutions Partner), (iii) proxy disclosure and equity plan document preparation, and (iv) governance exposure items analysis, including ISS QualityScore and Sustainalytics consulting. Laura is also a frequent speaker on corporate governance and executive compensation related topics, and is the Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of NASPP.