Vineeta Anand is the Chief Research Analyst in the Office of Investment of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations. The Office of Investment leads the AFL-CIO’s capital stewardship efforts at enhancing investor protections for the nearly $500 billion in retirement assets of workers in union-sponsored pension plans. Her work focuses on corporate governance research and regulatory issues that affect the participation of union pension and other benefit funds in the capital markets. She is also responsible for managing and updating the AFL-CIO’s Executive PayWatch website.
Before joining the AFL-CIO in 2007, Ms. Anand spent more than two decades as a financial reporter in Washington, including several years as the Washington Bureau Chief for Pensions & Investments. She received her M.A. in journalism from the University of Syracuse, and a Masters in Management Studies from Bombay University, India. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband.
Donna Anderson is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and a global corporate governance analyst in the U.S. Equity Division of T. Rowe Price. In her current role, Donna leads the policy-formation process for proxy voting, shepherds the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies, and is co-chair of the Proxy Committee. She joined the firm in 2007 and has 12 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm, Donna was director of equity research services for AIM Investments and was employed by Dyer, Robertson & Lamme Inc. as an equities analyst. She earned a B.A. in Spanish, French, and German from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Donna also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
George Anderson is a partner with Tapestry Networks. George leads a number of corporate governance networks including groups of audit committee chairs, compensation committee chairs, and lead independent directors. He was recently named a “Rising Star in Corporate Governance” by Yale University’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. George also serves as the managing partner of Tapestry Networks’ Boston office.
Prior to joining Tapestry Networks, George was a principal at Toffler Associates, where he led its commercial business activities. At Toffler Associates, he worked with top government officials and senior commercial executives to develop strategies to improve competitive differentiation and enter new markets.
Earlier in his career, George was a senior consultant in the financial services practice at Accenture. In addition, he completed two years of national service, teaching public school in South Central Los Angeles, as a corps member in Teach For America. George is a member of the board of trustees of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School – one of the highest performing, urban, charter schools in the country. George holds a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Haverford College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
Lydia Beebe is corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation. Since 1995, she has served as secretary to the board of directors, the Executive Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. Beebe provides advice and counsel to the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and manages the company's corporate governance function. She also serves on the Chevron Employees Political Action Committee board of directors.
Marian Block is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Bethesda, MD. She is responsible for providing and overseeing legal advice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, employee benefits, executive compensation, federal securities laws, general corporate matters, risk management, corporate finance, antitrust, risk management and legal support for operations in Great Britain and Europe.
Ms. Block joined the legal department of Martin Marietta Corporation in 1990 and was responsible for providing legal advice on executive compensation, employee benefits, risk management and corporate finance. Since 1990, she has assumed increasingly broader responsibilities. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, she has been involved in the negotiation and closing of 37 divestitures and 34 acquisitions since the formation of Lockheed Martin Corporation in March 1995. She also has provided legal counsel on all executive and director compensation plans adopted by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Ms. Block has drafted and negotiated many individual executive agreements, as well. She provides legal support for the Corporate Secretary function including preparation of the Corporation’s annual proxy, drafting of resolutions and minutes, Bylaw and Charter amendments, indemnification agreements, advice on Sarbanes Oxley compliance and annual meeting preparation.
Mark Borges is a principal with Compensia, Inc., a management consulting firm providing executive compensation advisory services to compensation committees and senior management of knowledge-based companies. From April 2003 until September 2007, he was a principal for Mercer in the firm’s Washington Resource Group in Washington, DC. Previously, Mr. Borges was a Special Counsel in the Office of Rulemaking, Division of Corporation Finance with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Before that, he was General Counsel for ShareData, Inc. Mr. Borges practiced law with the firms of Ware & Friedenrich (now DLA Piper) from 1987 to 1992 and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) from 1982 to 1987. From 1981 to 1982, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Marion T. Bennett of the United States Court of Claims in Washington, DC.
Mr. Borges is the author of SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules, first published in June 2008 by the American Bar Association, and a co-author of the Lynn, Borges & Romanek Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a course of the securities law aspects of executive compensation.
A California native, Mr. Borges graduated from Humboldt State University in 1976. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1979 and an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1981. He is a member of the American Bar Association.
Carol Bowie heads compensation research development & products at ISS. She previously led the company's Governance Institute team, providing research and information around key issues in corporate governance and coordinating ISS’s benchmark policy development. Prior to that, Carol directed ISS's Governance Research Service, overseeing the compilation and analysis of non-recommendation, proxy-based research for more than 10,000 U.S. and global companies annually, the same unit she managed as Director of Governance Research at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) prior to its acquisition by ISS.
Before joining IRRC in 2001, Carol was Director of Publications & Research for Executive Compensation Advisory Services and long-time managing editor of the Executive Compensation Reports newsletter, analyzing trends and developments in executive pay at public companies. She is a frequent speaker on executive compensation and other governance issues, and has published articles in journals such as Mergers & Acquisitions and Directorship Magazine. Carol often provides information and commentary to the business and general press and has appeared on numerous business-related television and radio programs.
Rhonda Brauer joined Georgeson in May 2008 to focus on helping companies to enhance communications with their shareholders and third-party opinion-makers and to analyze their governance practices in light of the current corporate governance landscape and their own business developments. She also advises management teams and boards on ongoing corporate governance developments and conducts board self-assessments. In addition, Rhonda works with clients to help them obtain their desired shareholder votes on director elections, proxy contests, shareholder proposals, equity compensation plans and other corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Rhonda held a variety of positions over 15 years in the Legal Department of The New York Times Company, most recently serving as Secretary and Corporate Governance Officer and as a member of the Company's Senior Management Team. She helped to lead the internal team that coordinated the Company's response to a dissident's withhold-the-vote campaign in 2007 and a threatened 2008 proxy fight, which eventually settled. Before that, Rhonda was an associate corporate lawyer with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, NY and Brussels, Belgium.
Rhonda speaks and writes frequently on corporate governance and proxy solicitation issues. She is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, for which she has served (since June 2011) on its Board of Directors, (from 2009-2011) as Chair of its Chapter Task Force, (from 2006-2009) as the Chair of its Corporate Practices Committee, and (from 2006-2007) as a member of its Media Awareness Group. In addition, Rhonda is a member of the Council of Institutional Investors and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, for which she served (from 2008-2009) on its Business Law Section's Corporate Governance Committee Task Force on the Delineation of Governance Roles and Responsibilities.
Rhonda received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington, IN), and her A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences (Ithaca, NY).
Jesse Brill is recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on insiders' transactions and compensation planning for executives. Mr. Brill is the Publisher-Editor of the nationally acclaimed newsletters The Corporate Counsel and The Corporate Executive, which he has been publishing for over 30 years. His publishing company, Executive Press, also publishes Peter Romeo and Alan Dye's Publications (The Section 16 Treatise and Reporting Guide, The Section 16 Forms and Filings Handbook, The Comprehensive Section 16 Deskbook, and Section 16 Updates newsletter), Compensation Standards newsletter, and Lynn Borges & Romanek's Proxy Disclosure Treatise and Annual Service (including the Proxy Disclosure Updates newsletter). In addition, Brill's organization is responsible for the highly acclaimed websites, TheCorporateCounsel.net, Section16.net, DealLawyers.com, CompensationStandards.com and CompensationDisclosure.com.
Mr. Brill is also founder and Chair of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He received his law degree from Yale Law School.
Anne Chapman is Vice President, Fund Business Management Group for the Capital Research and Management Company. Anne joined Cap Re in 1989, as a legal assistant to the coordinator of of Cap Re’s legal and compliance group. For the past 20 years, she has worked with independent directors and Cap Re’s investment professionals in coordinating proxy voting for the American Funds group of mutual funds.
Prior to joining Cap Re, Anne was a legal secretary for the in-house legal department at CalMat Co., the largest sand and gravel company in California (now a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company).
Ms. Chiu is counsel in the Capital Markets Group, with an emphasis on corporate governance and SEC regulations for public companies. She regularly advises major companies on board-related issues, including director independence, securities law compliance, proxy disclosure, shareholder proposals, and the impact of proxy advisory services. Her practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance matters. She has represented both issuers and underwriters on a number of significant securities transactions, including one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history and advising newly public companies. Her clients have included Aetna, CVS Caremark, General Electric Company, Marsh & McLennan and Morgan Stanley.
Jayme Collins, currently the Vice President, Global Compensation for Monsanto Company, has responsibility for the global philosophies and strategies for compensation, equity plans, incentive plans, executive compensation and global assignments and transfers for Monsanto’s over 20,000 employees in approximately 65 countries. Jayme has been with Monsanto since 1997. Throughout her career at Monsanto Jayme has held a variety of positions with increased responsibility within Human Resources, including both HR Generalist and HR Specialist roles. Jayme has an Executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Monsanto (a Fortune 200 Company) is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. Jayme and her husband, Roger, live in Chesterfield, Missouri with their two children, Karli and Colby.
Arthur Crozier is a co-founder and Co-Chairman of Innisfree M&A Incorporated and of its wholly owned subsidiary, Lake Isle M&A Incorporated, a full-service proxy solicitation and investor relations firm.
Mr. Crozier's practice includes the representation of U.S. and international clients in a wide variety of transactions, including Annual and Special Meetings, friendly and hostile acquisitions, as well as proxy fights. In addition, he counsels an international roster of clients on corporate governance and executive compensation issues.
Before entering the proxy solicitation/ investor relations field, Mr. Crozier was an attorney in private practice specializing in corporate and securities law matters, particularly proxy contests and M&A transactions.
Howard Dicker has a diverse corporate practice, including mergers & acquisitions, financings, securities offerings, venture capital investments and restructurings. He also advises numerous companies regarding securities law issues, disclosure and compliance matters as well as on executive compensation and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dicker was an auditor and tax consultant at Price Waterhouse in New York. There, he focused on broker-dealers in securities and commodities. He is licensed as a certified public accountant.
Mr. Dicker's recent publications include "Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance," which is Chapter 3 in A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules, 3rd Edition, 2005 Supplement (with Robert Todd Lang and Spencer G. Smul), published by Aspen.
He is also active in various bar associations and committees and speaks and writes on a variety of topics in corporate and securities law.
David Drake works with clients to help them obtain favorable shareholder vote results on proxy contests, mergers & acquisitions, shareholder proposals, compensation plans and other corporate governance matters.
David is a frequent speaker and writer on corporate governance and compensation issues. His recent articles include “Seeking Shareholder Approval of Option Plans Under the New NYSE/NASDAQ Listing Standards” and “Are You Ready for the Ratings Game: The Corporate Governance Ratings Game.” Prior to joining Georgeson in 1997, David served as Vice President and Director of US Research and Senior Analyst for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).
David earned a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and an MBA in Finance from The American University in Washington, DC.
Alan is Editor of Section16.net and a Partner with Hogan Lovells L.L.P., a Washington, D.C. law firm, where he specializes in securities matters. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Alan spent two years at the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance and served for two years as Special Counsel to the SEC Chairman. Prior to that, Alan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Alan is an active member of the American Bar Association, serving as Chairman of the Securities, Commodities and Exchanges Committee of its Administrative Law Section and as a member of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of its Business Law Section.
He has written extensively on various issues under the federal securities laws, including his co-authorship of the Section 16 Treatise and Reporting Guide (Executive Press 1994), the Section 16 Forms and Filings Handbook (Executive Press 2000), and the Comprehensive Section 16 Deskbook (Executive Press 2000). Alan, together with Peter Romeo, also manages the content of Section16.net, a website for Section 16 practitioners and compliance officers. He is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars and was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1991-1996.
Prior to joining Glass Lewis in 2004, David Eaton worked as a research analyst for GovernanceMetrics International. Upon joining Glass Lewis, Eaton worked as a U.S. analyst; after a year in this role, Eaton shifted to the international team, where he became Director of Glass Lewis' Common Law research team (covering Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and South Africa). In January 2008 Eaton left Glass Lewis to join Mercer Consulting, where he managed their Global Executive Remuneration team for two years. Eaton rejoined Glass Lewis in March 2010 to direct the company's compensation analysis efforts globally. Eaton holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Haverford College, and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from the Yale University School of Management.
Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of its Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team of 20 specialists based in five key regions internationally. Michelle is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. She is an active participant in the public corporate governance debate and regularly speaks and writes on the importance of good stewardship for company performance. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network and of the Investment Committees of the Association of British Insurers and of Eumedion in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2009, Michelle was for four years Managing Director at Governance for Owners, an independent partnership offering products that support responsible long-term share ownership. She started her corporate governance career in 1997 at Hermes Pensions Management, where she spent eight years, initially as the head of the corporate governance team and thereafter as Director of Institutional Relations. An economist by training, Michelle previously worked for New Zealand’s central bank and the British High Commission in Wellington.
Robbi is a Senior Advisor with Exequity and is located in Libertyville, Illinois offices. Prior to joining Exequity, Robbi was a Principal and member of the leadership group of a large, multi-national consulting firm where she managed that firm's Executive Compensation Center of Technical Expertise for over 20 years. The Executive Compensation Center of Technical Expertise had global responsibility for all technical areas impacting executive and director compensation, corporate governance, and corporate restructurings.
Robbi has almost 25 years of experience in consulting on director and executive compensation and corporate governance issues. She has worked with hundreds of companies, ranging from large multi-billion dollar public companies to smaller private organizations. These clients span many industries including consumer products, distribution, high-technology, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, service, and retail. Robbi specializes in program design work (e.g., short- and long-term incentive plans, executive supplemental retirement and deferral plans, and change-in-control, severance, employment contracts and retention plans), interface with boards of directors, technical issues related to executive and director compensation (e.g., tax, accounting, and securities rules and regulations), corporate governance issues, and executive compensation issues related to corporate restructurings, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, spin-offs, and divestitures.
Ms. Hellerman advises management and boards in the design and implementation of innovative, effective, and sustainable people and reward strategies that lead to improved business results. Ms. Hellerman has particular expertise in the areas of executive compensation, governance, and the leadership challenges that are precipitated by financial transactions. She frequently serves boards and compensation committees as an independent advisor. Ms. Hellerman has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of The Segal Group and currently serves as Sibson's Midwest Regional Leader.
Ms. Hellerman has consulted to over 100 publicly traded and privately held organizations from a wide variety of industries, including insurance, brokerage, financial services, private equity, hedge funds, real estate, health care, hospitality, retail, technology and manufacturing.
Keith Higgins, a partner in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP, has more than 20 years of experience counseling public companies in securities offerings, mergers and acquisition, corporate governance and executive compensation. He has been recognized as one of the top IPO lawyers in the country by The IPO Journal and is listed in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers.
Mr. Higgins also frequently writes and lectures about securities law, corporate governance and executive compensation. He is the Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section.
Bonnie Hill is president of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance and board organizational and public policy issues. She is also co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company based in Los Angeles. She has over 19 years experience serving on corporate boards and a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy.
Bonnie serves on the boards of directors of The Home Depot, Yum! Brands, AK Steel Holding Corp., and California Water Service Group. Her community involvement includes service on the boards of the FINRA (Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority) Investor Education Foundation, the RAND Corporation, Goodwill Industries of Southern California (advisory), and the Los Angeles Urban League (emeritus board). She is a member of the PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) Investor Advisory Group, the NACD Nominating and Governance Committee Advisory Council, and a founding member of the Lead Directors Network.
Bonnie was recently recognized by the 2010 NACD Directorship 100 as one of the most influential people in corporate governance and awarded the 2011 Outstanding Director Award by the Financial Times Outstanding Directors Exchange. In addition, she has been awarded the National Women’s Economic Alliance Foundation Directors Choice Award; the YWCA Tribute to Women in International Industry Award; the Grace Award from the Angeles Girl Scouts Council; and the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League.
Beth Ising is a partner in the Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group in Gibson Dunn's Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on corporate governance, securities regulation and disclosure issues as well as executive compensation (including Section 16 and Rule 144), mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, and public offerings and private placements of equity securities. She also advises several local non-profit organizations on corporate governance issues. Ms. Ising was recently named as one of ten "Rising Stars of Corporate Governance" for 2009 by Yale School of Management's Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.
Ira Kay is one of the nation's foremost experts on executive compensation, and is a Managing Partner at Pay Governance. Ira served as the global director of Watson Wyatt's Executive Compensation practice for 16 years. He works closely with the boards and management to help them develop executive compensation programs that increase shareholder value. His clients include premier American and global corporations ranging across various industries, including telecommunications, financial services, retail, defense, technology, consulting, insurance, business services, consumer products, media, food, transportation, among others.
Ira writes and speaks regularly on executive compensation issues. His most recent co-authored book, "Myths and Realities of Executive Compensation," documents the realities of executive pay in the United States and the forces that have shaped pay in recent years. He is also the author of "The Human Capital Edge, CEO Pay and Shareholder Value: Helping the U.S. Win the Global Economic War", and "Value at the Top: Solutions to the Executive Compensation Crisis." Ira has presented analysis of executive compensation issues before the Federal Reserve Board, the S.E.C., the F.A.S.B. and a U.S. Senate subcommittee. He is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, The Economist, and other leading publications. His articles have been published in the Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly.
Ira holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University.
Mike Kesner is the principal in charge of firm's Executive Compensation practice. He has over 26 years' experience working with companies on a wide range of executive compensation issues, including assessment of competitive pay levels, incentive compensation plan design, executive employment agreements and severance benefits, and deferred compensation plans. Mike also has experience with recruitment and retention arrangements, supplemental executive retirement programs, benefit security techniques, board of directors compensation and change-in-control pay issues. He is the independent advisor to the compensation committee of the board of directors on executive compensation matters at several Fortune 500 companies.
Mike has authored articles published in the Harvard Business Review, CFO Magazine, Directors and Boards, National Association of Corporate Directors' newsletter, and served on the NACD's Blue Ribbon Commission on executive pay. He is also a co-author of a chapter in A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules. He has often been a guest speaker on compensation and benefit matters at conferences sponsored by the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, American Bar Association, PLI, Executive Enterprises, Garrett Law Institute (Northwestern University), Tulane Corporate Law Institute and Tennessee Law Institute. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois.
Jim Kroll is a senior consultant in Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation Practice, based in New York. Mr. Kroll specializes in corporate governance and executive compensation issues. He assists clients across a broad range of industries with shareholder approval of equity plans, advisory votes on executive pay and with other compensation-related governance issues. He has more than 15 years of experience in corporate governance consulting and primarily works with clients to help them prepare for shareholder approval of such matters.
Prior to joining Towers Watson, Mr. Kroll was a director at two leading proxy solicitation firms, where he advised issuers in the U.S. and other markets on corporate governance issues and shareholder communications. He also headed the global research department at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). In this capacity, he participated in the development of ISS’ governance and proxy voting guidelines and produced proxy advisory reports on companies’ governance and compensation practices.
Mr. Kim is the head of the San Francisco office of Frederic W. Cook & Co., a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in executive compensation. The firm was founded in 1973, and has since advised over 2,000 clients, including currently over 20% of the Fortune 1000. Mr. Kim joined the firm in 1998. During his tenure, he has advised over 150 clients across a broad range of industries and business stages. He has been a frequent speaker at national conferences, including the annual NASPP event since 2005. He holds a BA and MBA from The University of Chicago.
Linda Fayne Levinson serves as a director of DemandTec, Ingram Micro, Jacobs Engineering Group, NCR, and Western Union. At NCR, Linda is independent lead director. She is chair of the compensation committee at DemandTec, Ingram Micro, NCR, and Western Union, as well as chair of the nomination and governance committee at Jacobs Engineering Group. Linda is also non-executive chair of a private company, Connexus Corporation.
Linda was a partner at GRP Partners, a venture capital firm where she invested in technology and internet commerce companies. Some notable successes include Overture Services, sold to Yahoo! for more than $1 billion; Lastminute.com, plc which went public on the London exchange in March 2000 and was sold to Travelocity for over $1 billion in 2003, as well as Cybersource, Inc. which has been public since 1999.
Prior to that Linda was a partner at Wings Partners, Inc. a private equity firm that took Northwest Airlines private in 1989, and an executive at American Express where she ran the US leisure travel agency and tour business.
Dave Lynn is a partner in the Washington D.C. Office of Morrison & Foerster, and is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Public Companies practice. Mr. Lynn is also Editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com, and The Corporate Executive, and is the co-author of The Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide. His practice is focused on advising a wide range of clients on SEC matters, securities transactions and corporate governance.
Mr. Lynn was the Chief Counsel of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance from 2003-2007, where he led the rulemaking team that drafted sweeping revisions to the SEC’s executive compensation and related party disclosure rules. Mr. Lynn initially served on the SEC Staff from 1995-2000 as an Attorney-Advisor and subsequently a Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. While in private practice from 2000-2003, he advised clients on SEC investigations, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Mr. Lynn has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a course in corporate governance.
Eric Marquardt is a Partner of Pay Governance LLC. Before that, he was a Principal in Towers Perrin's Executive Compensation practice. Eric has worked with a wide variety of leading public and private companies on executive and director compensation matters, including providing advice to many Fortune-ranked companies.
Eric's work includes designing and implementing executive pay strategies, developing performance metrics and performance standards, and designing and managing stock and cash based short and long-term incentives. He often develops solutions working in conjunction with both senior management and the compensation committee of the board.
Prior to joining Towers Perrin, Eric served as the Director of Executive Compensation for Merck & Co and managed the Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, CA) office of another leading consulting firm. He has a Master of Arts in Labor Relations from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Eileen McCarthy is JetBlue's Director, Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary. She handles the company's securities-related and corporate disclosure work, corporate governance and assists with compliance functions. She also assists the General Counsel with supporting the Board of Directors.
A former corporate and securities partner of a national law firm, Ms. McCarthy is a graduate of Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. K. Michael Moore, U.S.D.J., S.D.FL.
Prior to joining Glass Lewis, Bob McCormick was the Director of Investment Proxy Research at Fidelity Management & Research Co., which he joined in 1997. At Fidelity, he managed the proxy voting of more than 700 retail and mutual fund accounts, holding 4,000 domestic and international securities worth in excess of $1 trillion. Prior to joining Fidelity, McCormick was a staff attorney at Keenan, Powers & Andrews and Prudential Securities Incorporated, both in New York City. McCormick is an attorney who earned his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law after graduating with honors from Providence College. He serves on the International Corporate Governance Network’s Cross-Border Voting Practices and Securities Lending committees.
Albert Meyer is Founder and President of Bastiat Capital. Mr. Meyer draws on 15 years as an accounting professor and 11 years in equity research. Mr. Meyer, a Deloitte & Touche alumnus, is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant. Bastiat Capital has been managing money for high net worth individuals since 2006. The firm is also the portfolio managers for Mirzam Capital Appreciation Fund [MIRZX].
Mr. Meyer was formerly an Accounting Professor at Spring Arbor University in Michigan and Assistant Academic Dean at the University of Natal, South Africa. In 1995, Mr. Meyer was awarded the Michiganian of the Year award for exposing the New Era Philanthropy Foundation, a Ponzi scheme that defrauded non-profits of hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2005, the American Accounting Association honored Mr. Meyer with the Accounting Exemplar Award.
In 1996, he joined Martin Capital Management as a portfolio manager. During this time he questioned Coca-Cola's accounting practices. This subsequently, led to a number of publications including a cover story in the New York Times and Harvard Case Studies. His research on eBay also formed the source material for a Harvard Case Study.
At the end of 1998, Behind the Numbers hired him as a research analyst. Mr. Meyer's report on Tyco was the first published assault on the company's accounting and governance practices.
In 2002, Mr. Meyer founded 2nd Opinion Research, an independent equity research firm.
Ron Mueller is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Mueller works in the corporate/securities area with an emphasis on proxy and disclosure issues, corporate governance, executive compensation (including Section 16 and Rule 144) and corporate transactions.
From September 1989 to June 1991, Mr. Mueller separated from the firm to work as legal counsel to Commissioner Edward H. Fleischman at the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). While at the SEC, Mr. Mueller worked on many of the matters before the Commission, including enforcement matters and regulatory initiatives.
Mr. Mueller is admitted to practice before the courts of New York and Washington, D.C., and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. As well, he is a member of the Subcommittee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities (Section of Business Law, American Bar Association) and a member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.
Mr. Mueller has written articles and spoken at seminars about a variety of securities law issues, including trends and developments in proxy disclosures and proxy contests, the SEC's disclosure requirements, corporate governance developments, and executive compensation disclosure rules. Mr. Mueller is a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Section 16, Aspen Law & Business; A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules, Aspen Law & Business; and Federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Insider Reporting and Short-Swing Trading, Matthew Bender.
Mr. Mueller received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he was both a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1982.
Reid Pearson heads up Alliance Advisors' corporate governance and advisory services department, working closely with clients on equity compensation issues, corporate governance, shareholder activism topics and proxy fights. A respected figure in the field, Reid is a frequent speaker on corporate governance topics and equity compensation issues.
Prior to joining Alliance Advisors, Reid garnered ten years of experience at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), and five years with the Altman group. His positions at ISS included Director of Custom Research, Senior Analyst, Director of Client Relations, and Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Reid was a member of the proxy policy committee and oversaw the development and execution of the proxy voting guidelines of multiple institutional investors. Reid also worked with corporate issuers and their advisors to develop shareholder friendly compensation plans.
Mr. Pereira serves as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Secretary at GE Capital. His responsibilities include global securities law, capital raising, corporate law and corporate governance at GE Capital and its parent, General Electric Company.
Before joining GE in 2007, Mr. Pereira served as Vice President of Legal Affairs & Secretary at Exelixis, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, CA. He was a member of the company’s executive management committee and, in this role, responsible for advising senior management and the board on corporate governance, financings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he was in charge of overseeing the company’s general legal affairs and, as part of the company’s Business Development Committee, partnerships and licensing alliances.
Prior to joining Exelixis, from 1998 to 2004, Mr. Pereira practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he specialized in securities law, mergers & acquisitions and private equity. He was based in the firm’s New York and Palo Alto offices. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Pereira clerked at the Federal Courts in Austria. Mr. Pereira earned his law degrees from the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 1998) and the University of Vienna Law School (Mag. Jur., 1995). He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute (CFA, 2006).
Mr. Romanek is Editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com, DealLawyers.com and InvestorRelationships.com. He also serves as Editor for these print newsletters: Deal Lawyers; Compensation Standards and the Corporate Governance Advisor. He is Commissioner of TheCorporateCounsel.net's "Blue Justice League."
Broc is a two-time past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals (and currently is VP- Program Chair of that chapter) and has served on that Chapter's board for 12 years. He is a former member of the Society's National Board of Directors (having served two terms). He also is a Past Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Corporate & Securities Law Committee and formerly was on the Advisory Council for the SEC Historical Society. He has taught a class in corporate governance for the George Mason University Executive MBA program and currently teaches a Securities Regulation course at George Mason Law School.
Before his time at TheCorporateCounsel.net, Mr. Romanek was Founder and Editor of RealCorporateLawyer.com. In addition, he has served as Assistant General Counsel at a Fortune 50 company, was in the Office of Chief Counsel of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, acted as Counselor to former SEC Commissioner Unger and was in private practice.
He frequently writes and speaks about corporate and securities law and has been blogging for over nine years on TheCorporateCounsel.net (and maintains four other blogs as well). He has a BBA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Maryland.
Mary L. Schapiro is the 29th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Chairman Schapiro was appointed by President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in on January 27, 2009. She is the first woman to serve as the agency's permanent Chairman.
Chairman Schapiro's priorities at the SEC include reinvigorating a financial regulatory system that must protect investors and vigorously enforce the rules; and working to deepen the SEC's commitment to transparency, accountability, and disclosure while always keeping the needs and concerns of investors front and center.
Prior to becoming SEC Chairman, she was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) -- the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the U.S. public. Chairman Schapiro joined the organization in 1996 as President of NASD Regulation, and was named Vice Chairman in 2002. In 2006, she was named NASD's Chairman and CEO. The following year, she led the organization's consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation to form FINRA.
Chairman Schapiro previously served as a Commissioner of the SEC from December 1988 to October 1994. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, reappointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, and named Acting Chairman by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She left the SEC when President Clinton appointed her Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where she served until 1996.
Chairman Schapiro is an active member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She was Chairman of the IOSCO SRO Consultative Committee from 2002 to 2006.
A 1977 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Chairman Schapiro earned a Juris Doctor degree (with honors) from George Washington University in 1980. Chairman Schapiro was named the Financial Women's Association Public Sector Woman of the Year in 2000. She received a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) in 2008, honoring her as a “champion of economic empowerment.”
Anne Sheehan is the Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second largest public pension fund in the USA, where she is responsible for overseeing all corporate governance activities for the fund including proxy voting, company engagements and managing $3billion placed with activists managers. Prior to that, she served as Chief Deputy Director for Policy at the California Department of Finance. Ms Sheehan also serves as a board member of the Council of Institutional Investors and the NASDAQ Listing Council. Ms. Sheehan was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Spector focuses his practice on serving technology and software clients in establishing and administering equity compensation and other employee benefit arrangements. His practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, the compensation issues that arise in connection with such transactions, representing executives in employment negotiations and corporate governance matters involving executive compensation matters.
Martha Steinman is Chair of the Global Compensation, Benefits and Employment Department for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and has expertise in executive compensation, employee benefits, qualified and non-qualified plans, and welfare plans. She advises clients on the design and implementation of executive compensation arrangements and employee benefit plans, with an emphasis on tax and securities law considerations. Ms. Steinman works with clients to address employee benefit issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions. She also counsels clients regarding the use of captives to reinsure employee benefit arrangements and in securing exemptions from the U.S. Department of Labor.
A significant portion of Ms. Steinman's practice is in the area of equity compensation. Additionally, she works with clients to negotiate employment and severance agreements, design compensation packages, and on retirement planning. She has extensive experience in advising publicly held companies and their Boards of Directors on the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and corporate governance issues, on their executive compensation and other employee benefit arrangements.
Ms. Steinman is President of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and Chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.
Laura Thatcher leads Alston & Bird's executive compensation practice, having developed this area of legal specialty in 1995 from her many years’ experience in securities and acquisitions. Today, Laura is recognized as one of the nation's experts on executive compensation and is extensively quoted by major business news publications throughout the world.
Ms. Thatcher leads the executive compensation practice with a distinct and individualized focus on the tax, securities, accounting, corporate governance and labor laws and regulations that have a direct effect on executive compensation. She and her team have daily experience in the compensation matters that are part of every corporate environment: advising boards and management with regard to equity-based and other incentive compensation arrangements; nonqualified deferred compensation; executive employment, separation and change-in-control agreements; proxy and 8-K reporting of executive compensation arrangements; Section 16 reporting and insider trading regulation; corporate governance issues; and director and officer indemnification and fiduciary concerns. Her team stays up to the minute on fast-breaking issues and makes sure our clients are among the first to know of and understand how new developments affect them. Her team also serves an essential role in virtually all major M&A transactions in the firm, providing analysis of equity incentives and guidance as to the most efficient treatment of executive transitions under golden parachute rules.
Wesley W. (Wes) von Schack is chairman of the board of AEGIS Insurance Services, a property and casualty mutual company, headquartered in Bermuda. He is also non-executive director of AEGIS Managing Agency Limited, which manages Syndicate 1225 at Lloyd's of London.
Wes is lead director and chairman of the executive committee of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. He is also a member of the human resources and compensation, corporate governance and nominating, and risk committees. In July 2007, Mellon Financial Corporation merged with The Bank of New York Company, Inc. to become The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. At the time of the merger, Wes was lead director and chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Mellon Financial Corporation. He previously served as chair of its human resources and compensation committee and community responsibility committee.
Wes is lead director and a member of the audit committee of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, headquartered in Irvine, California.
He also is director of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Wes serves on the nominating and governance committee, and their personnel and compensation committee
Wes is former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Energy East Corporation, a super regional energy delivery and services company, which was acquired by Iberdrola, headquartered in Bilbao, Spain, in September 2008. Under his leadership, Energy East Corporation was created through five major acquisitions and the successful integration of six investor owned utilities with electric and natural gas operations in upstate New York and throughout New England with annual revenues of $5 billion and $11 billion in assets.