Speaker Biographies

Kenneth A. Bertsch
Executive Director, Corporate Governance
Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Global Equity Group

Mr. Bertsch joined Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) in December 2006, where he is responsible for corporate governance policy and proxy voting practices in the Global Equity Group. In this role, he provides support to two mutual fund families and portfolio managers at about 25 investment groups within MSIM on global proxy voting and other corporate governance matters.

From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Bertsch headed up the corporate governance analysis team for fundamental corporate and financial institution ratings at Moody’s Investors Service. Mr. Bertsch was brought to Moody’s to develop greater rigor in consideration of governance issues in credit ratings, and built a team of specialists that developed policy on governance analysis; trained Moody’s fundamental credit analysts on corporate governance; published Corporate Governance Assessments of leading issuers of debt in North America and commentary on corporate governance issues; and participated in rating committees.

From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Bertsch was Director, Corporate Governance, for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), a leading financial services organization serving the education and research communities. Mr. Bertsch coordinated a TIAA-CREF program that reviewed governance structures and practices of U.S.-based portfolio companies, and engaged in discussions on governance enhancements at selected companies.

Mr. Bertsch worked in a variety of capacities for the Investor Responsibility Research Center for more than 14 years, including as Director of Corporate Governance and Director of Social Issues. At IRRC in 1980-84 and 1988-1999, Mr. Bertsch produced research reports and directed studies on a wide range of subjects.

Mr. Bertsch received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2004 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1978.

Mark A. Borges

Mark Borges is a principal for Compensia, after having recently left Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Mark provides assistance and advice to consultants and clients regarding legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments that affect corporate benefits, compensation and other human resource consulting programs.

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., the leading provider of software for employee stock plan administration, prior to its acquisition by E*TRADE Group, Inc. in 1998. Mr. Borges practiced law with the firms of Ware & Friedenrich (now Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich) from 1987 to 1992 and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro from 1982 to 1987, specializing in equity compensation and insider trading matters as well as venture capital finance.

From 1981 to 1982, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Marion T. Bennett of the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.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.

Jesse M. Brill
Chair, NASPP and CompensationStandards.com
Publisher, Executive Press
Securities Counsel, Morgan Stanley

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 Section 16 Treatise and Reporting Guide, The Section 16 Forms and Filings Handbook, Comprehensive Section 16 Deskbook and Section 16 Updates—and the highly acclaimed websites, Section16.net, TheCorporateCounsel.net, DealLawyers.com and CompensationStandards.com.

Mr. Brill is also Securities Counsel for Morgan Stanley and Chair of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Martha L. Carter, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Research
RiskMetric's Institutional Shareholder Services Division

Martha Carter joined ISS as Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Research in 2002. As Managing Director, Corporate Governance, she heads Global Thought Leadership and Policy and chairs the ISS Global Policy Board. Prior to joining ISS, she served as Director, Listing Qualifications, for The NASDAQ Stock Market, where she analyzed and reviewed compliance issues for NASDAQ listed companies to ensure that companies were meeting the market's listing standards. Martha holds a Ph.D. in Finance from George Washington University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She did her undergraduate work in Mathematics and French at Purdue University.

Don Delves
Don Delves
The Delves Group

Don Delves, as President and Founder of The Delves Group, provides expertise in measuring performance, designing innovative pay and incentive systems, and helping companies get what they pay for with their compensation dollars. He works with boards, compensation committees, senior executives, and sales forces to improve their effectiveness and reassess the way they are organized, directed, and rewarded.

In his book, Stock Options & the New Rules of Corporate Accountability (McGraw Hill, August 2003), he pinpoints the problems of the current system and outlines steps that will dramatically improve the weak link between executive pay and performance. Prior to founding The Delves Group, he started and managed the Chicago office of iQuantic, was a Senior Consultant at Sibson and Co., an executive compensation consultant with Towers Perrin, served as a manager in personal financial planning and taxation with Arthur Anderson & Co., and served as a financial consultant to middle market companies for Harris Bank.

Mr. Delves is a CPA, holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago, and earned a BA, summa cum laude, in economics from DePauw University. He serves on the Chicago Compensation Association board, and is involved in a variety of civic and community organizations.

Howard Dicker
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Howard B. 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.

Ed Durkin
Director of Corporate Affairs
United Brotherhood of Carpenters Pension
Alan L. Dye
Hogan & Hartson

Alan is Editor of Section16.net and a Partner with Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., a Washington, D.C. law firm, where he specializes in securities matters. Before joining Hogan & Hartson, 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.

Douglas Friske
Managing Principal
Towers Perrin

Doug Friske is a Managing Principal in the Executive Compensation & Rewards practice at Towers Perrin. Doug manages the Central Region EC&R practice for Towers Perrin, as well as serving on the practice’s global leadership team. He is a noted expert in executive compensation and serves as the executive pay advisor to many Fortune 1000 companies.

Doug holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.M. degree from The Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He has published many articles on executive pay and is a frequent speaker on the subject.

Amy Goodman
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Amy L. Goodman is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Transactions groups.  She advises clients with respect to securities law disclosure and regulatory issues and corporate governance matters, including the representation of independent board committees.

Ms. Goodman joined the firm in 1998 after serving as a free-lance editor and author of books and newsletters on securities and corporate law topics, including Editor-in-Chief of Insights:  The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, The Investment Lawyer, and The Corporate Governance Advisor, all published by Aspen Law & Business.  She previously was with the Securities and Exchange Commission for 11 years, holding several positions with the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, including Associate Director (EDGAR), Deputy Associate Director, Assistant Chief of the Office of Disclosure Policy, and Chief of the Task Force on Corporate Accountability.  She also served as Legal Assistant and Special Counsel to SEC Chairman Harold Williams and as an attorney in the SEC's Division of Investment Management.

In 1985, Ms. Goodman received the SEC's Distinguished Service Award, and, in 1986, she received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.

Ms. Goodman received her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from the Boston University Law School and an LL.M. with emphasis in securities law, from the Georgetown University Law Center.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Boston University.

Ms. Goodman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Massachusetts.  She is Chair of the Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and co-chair of the Section's Task Force on Director and Officer Liability.  Ms. Goodman also is a member of the Federal Regulation of the Securities Committee of the Business Law Section and the Securities Law Committee of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.  She is co-editor of Corporate Governance: Law and Practice, published by LexisNexis (2004) and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and other professional events.

Fred Hassan
Chairman and CEO

Prior to joining Schering-Plough in April 2003 and assuming his current position, Hassan was chairman and chief executive officer of Pharmacia Corporation. He joined the former Pharmacia & Upjohn in May 1997 as chief executive officer and was elected to the Board of Directors. In February 2001, Hassan was named chairman of the Board of Pharmacia, the company created through the merger of the former Monsanto and Pharmacia & Upjohn companies.

Keith Higgins
Ropes & Gray

Keith F. 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.

Paul Hodgson
Senior Research Associate, Executive and Director Compensation
The Corporate Library

Paul Hodgson is Senior Research Associate, Executive and Director Compensation, The Corporate Library, Portland, Maine. He is the author of the book, Perspectives: Building Value Through Executive Compensation (CCH Inc.)

Alan Kailer
Hunton & Williams LLP

Mr. Kailer focuses his practice on securities, corporate and partnership law, which includes acquisitions and mergers, particularly those involving public companies. He also focuses on formation, operation and mergers of publicly traded limited partnerships; formation, amendment, acquisition and dissolution of general and limited partnerships; offerings and restructurings of foreign public companies; counseling with respect to general securities, corporate, partnership and business matters; representation of public companies and management in connection with insider or short swing trading issues; and consultation with respect to executive compensation.

Ira Kay
Ira Kay
Practice Director
Watson Wyatt & Company

Mr. Kay is the Practice Director in charge of Watson Wyatt’s Compensation Practice. His primary focus is on executive compensation at the board level.

Mr. Kay has worked closely with U.S. public, international and private companies, helping them to develop annual and long-term incentive plans to increase shareholder value. His clients include AIG, American Eagle Outfitters, AT&T, Black & Decker, C.R. Bard, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, DirecTV, EMC, Florida Power & Light, General Mills, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., Microsoft, Limited Brands, Schering-Plough, Tyco, Wal-Mart, among many others. He has experience in mergers, initial public offerings, and turnaround situations.

Mr. Kay conducts research on stock option overhang, executive pay and performance, and CEO stock ownership. This research is extremely useful to clients and receives significant media coverage.

Mr. Kay has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University. He has written and spoken broadly on executive compensation issues. He most recently co-authored a book entitled, “Myths and Realities of Executive Compensation”, from Cambridge University Press. He is also a co-author (with Dr. Bruce Pfau) of the book, The Human Capital Edge, from McGraw-Hill. He is also the author of CEO Pay and Shareholder Value: Helping the U.S. Win the Global Economic War, published by St. Lucie Press, and Value at the Top: Solutions to the Executive Compensation Crisis, published by Harper Collins, and numerous other research studies. He has been published in the Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly. Mr. Kay 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.

Michael Kesner
Principal, Human Capital Advisory Services
Deloitte Consulting LLP

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.

James E. Kim
Head, San Francisco Office
Frederic W. Cook & Co.

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.

Dave Lynn

Before his time as Editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, Dave served as Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Dave also worked in the Division of Corporation Finance as a staff attorney and special counsel, and was in private practice at WilmerHale, where he advised public and private companies in SEC matters, securities transactions and corporate governance. Dave frequently writes and speaks about corporate and securities law and taught corporate governance at Georgetown University.

Timothy Marnell
Senior Actuary and Professional Standards Officer
Towers Perrin

Tim Marnell is Senior Actuary and Professional Standards Officer of Towers Perrin.

Mr. Marnell’s responsibilities include addressing the design, funding and administration of retirement and other employee benefit programs. While most of his work relates to programs for private sector employers, he has also been the actuary for numerous government plans including the design and funding of such plans. Mr. Marnell has frequently been involved with labor negotiations.

Mr. Marnell has designed and determined the financial aspects of nonqualified arrangements such as ERISA excess plans and supplemental executive retirement plans. During his more than 27 years of consulting with Towers Perrin, his clients have included major corporations in the airline, utility and manufacturing industries, among others.

He has made numerous presentations before retirement boards and committees on actuarial and benefits matters, as well as having given speeches on related topics.

His professional qualifications include Fellowship in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, Associateship in the Society of Actuaries and membership in the American Academy of Actuaries. He is an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA.

Pat McGurn
Patrick S. McGurn
Senior Vice President & Special Counsel
RiskMetric's Institutional Shareholder Services Division

Patrick S. McGurn is Special Counsel at RiskMetrics Group (RMG). As the recognized standard in financial risk management, RMG has earned the trust and respect of over 2,300 institutional investor clients, including a broad range of investment managers, advisory and private wealth managers, mutual fund complexes, hedge funds and pension funds.

RMG’s ISS Governance Services unit (ISS) is the world’s leading provider of proxy voting services and corporate governance research. It recommends votes on ballot issues for more than 38,000 shareholder meetings across 115 markets around the globe. RMG’s Corporate Governance Quotient is the global, industry-standard benchmark for ranking governance practices at more than 7,500 public companies.

Prior to joining RMG/ISS in 1996, Pat was director of the Corporate Governance Service at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a not-for-profit firm that provided governance research to investors. He also served as a private attorney, a congressional staff member and a department head at the Republican National Committee. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pat serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was a member of the NACD’s 2001 Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluations.

Pat is frequently cited by business publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Fortune. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Bloomberg Radio and TV, BBC Radio, CBS Evening News, CNBC, CNN, Marketplace, NBC Nightly News, Nightly Business Report, National Public Radio, Tech TV and ABC’s This Week. He is a frequent presenter at conferences.

Meredith Miller
Assistant Treasurer for Policy
State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office

Meredith Miller is the Assistant Treasurer for Policy for the State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office. Meredith’s responsibilities include the development of a corporate governance and responsible investment program for the $26 billion state employee pension fund. Meredith is also responsible for policy initiatives related to economic development, retirement policy and financial literacy for low- income families.

Prior to joining the Treasury in March 1999, Meredith served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Labor’s Pension Welfare Benefit Administration. This agency is responsible for the enforcement of ERISA’s private sector health and pension benefits. During her tenure there, the agency issued the interpretative bulletins relating to proxy voting, ETIs, 401(k) fees, and soft–dollars.

From 1988 to 1993, Meredith was the Assistant Director of the Employee Benefit Department at the AFL-CIO. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director of Research for Employee Benefits for the Service Employees International Union.

Meredith has a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Ronald O. Mueller
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

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.

John F. Olson
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

John Olson, a 1964 honors graduate of the Harvard Law School, is a founding partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Olson has extensive experience in general representation of business organizations as to corporate governance, corporate securities, corporate finance and merger and acquisition matters.  He has acted as special counsel for boards of directors and board committees on governance issues and in assessing shareholder litigation, responding to business combination proposals and conducting internal investigations.  He also has represented corporations, broker-dealer firms and individuals in defense of Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental investigations.

In the American Bar Association (ABA), Mr. Olson is Chairman of the Business Law Section's Committee on Corporate Governance, and was recently a member of the Presidential Task Force on Corporate Responsibility appointed by the President of the ABA.  Previously, he was Chairman of the ABA's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities (1991-1995).  He is a member of the Executive Council of the Securities Committee of the Federal Bar Association.

For the ABA, Mr. Olson has also chaired the Task Force on Regulation of Insider Trading, which produced a comprehensive analysis of and report on U.S. insider trading law, and he chairs the Task Force which has produced the third (2001) and fourth (2004) editions of The Corporate Director's Guidebook.  He served for nine years on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange and was a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers.  He was a Founding Trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel.  In 1987, he served on a select committee of leading securities lawyers, appointed by the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which drafted definitive insider trading legislation introduced in the United States Congress.

In 2004, Mr. Olson was identified by Legal Times as one of the "10 Leading Securities Attorneys" in the Washington, D.C. area.  A frequent lecturer at legal and business seminars, Mr. Olson co-chairs various seminars on an annual basis.  He is on the executive committee for the San Diego Securities Regulation Institute and the advisory committee for the Practicing Law Institute's Annual Securities Regulation Institute.  He is the author of more than 100 articles and a member of the editorial advisory boards for a variety of securities and corporate law publications.  Mr. Olson is the co-author ofDirector and Officer Liability: Indemnification and Insurance, published by West Publishing (revised 2002) and has edited several other books on securities law issues.  Mr. Olson was the Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School in Spring 2003 and is currently an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law.

Scott Spector
Fenwick & West

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
Dewey & LeBoeuf

Martha N. 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 G. Thatcher
Alston & Bird

Laura Thatcher leads the firm's Executive Compensation Practice, having developed this area of legal specialty for the firm from her 20 years’ experience in securities and acquisitions. 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.

John White
Director, Division of Corporation Finance
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. White is the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He joined the SEC staff in March 2006. Prior to joining the staff, Mr. White was a partner for over 25 years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he represented public companies and their financial advisors on a wide variety of matters including public financings, public reporting obligations, corporate governance issues, restatements and other financial crises.

At the SEC, Mr. White led the Commission’s development and adoption of final rules for executive compensation disclosure, which were unanimously approved by the Commission on July 26, 2006. He has also played an instrumental role in the Commission’s recent steps to improve the implementation of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regarding internal control over financial reporting.

Mr. White has been a frequent speaker on the securities laws and corporate governance and has been actively involved with leading securities law conferences around the country. He is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Securities Regulation Institute. Mr. White received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia.

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