Speaker Biographies

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 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

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.

Fred Cook
Frederic W. Cook
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.

Fred Cook is the founder and former Chair and President of Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. an independent consulting firm specializing in executive compensation issues. Prior to forming the firm in 1973, Fred was a Principal in Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, a firm which he joined in 1966 following four years of service as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. has about 37 employees providing services from offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The firm has served about 1,700 clients in 32 years of existence. Fred is a 1962 graduate of Dartmouth College, an honorary lifetime member of the American Compensation Association and a recipient of its keystone award and a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. In addition, Fred is a member of the Department of Defense Business Board and the Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation.

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.

Bob Denham
Bob Denham
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Robert E. Denham is a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, having rejoined the firm as a partner in 1998 after serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salomon Inc. Mr. Denham’s practice emphasizes advising clients on strategic and financial issues. Recent transactions include representing Berkshire Hathaway in its acquisition of Marmon Holdings, Inc., Iscar, Ltd. and Business Wire, its transfer to White Mountains Insurance of substantially all its equity interest in White Mountains in exchange for certain insurance businesses and cash, its debt and equity investment in Wrigley as part of Mars’ acquisition of Wrigley, and its purchase of preferred stock and warrants of Goldman Sachs and General Electric, its purchase of convertible preferred stock of Dow Chemical, and its purchase of a convertible perpetual capital instrument of Swiss Re. He also represented the Power family in its sale of J.D. Power and Associates, the Geliebter family in its sale of R.S.V. Sport, Inc., the Chandler Trust in the sale of Times Mirror Corporation, the Pulliam Trust in the sale of Central Newspapers and The Copley Press in the sale of its Midwest newspaper operations. Mr. Denham also regularly provides disclosure and corporate law advice to public and private corporations and boards of directors.

Mr. Denham joined Salomon in late August 1991 as General Counsel of Salomon and its subsidiary, Salomon Brothers, and became Chairman and CEO of Salomon in June 1992. While General Counsel, Mr. Denham led the firm’s response to the investigation of Salomon Brothers that followed the firm’s involvement in the 1991 Treasury auction scandal, and he was responsible for resolving all legal and regulatory issues that arose from those events.

As Chairman and CEO of Salomon Inc, Mr. Denham was responsible for management of a financial services holding company whose principal businesses were investment banking and securities trading (Salomon Brothers), commodities trading (Phibro) and oil refining (Basis Petroleum). Mr. Denham managed the rebuilding of Salomon’s business following settlement of the U.S. Government’s Treasury auction claims against Salomon Brothers, developed risk management procedures, developed the firm’s bank and bridge lending business and chaired its commitments committee, and participated actively in its investment banking efforts. In September 1997 Mr. Denham negotiated the sale of Salomon Inc to Travelers for $9.6 billion in stock.

Prior to joining Salomon, Mr. Denham had been at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for twenty years, including five years as managing partner.

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.

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.

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.

Valerie Ho
Valerie Ho
Chief, Executive Compensation
RiskMetrics Group's Governance Unit

Valerie Ho heads the compensation research team for RiskMetrics Group's governance unit, advising institutional investor clients on executive compensation issues and proxy voting items. Prior to joining ISS, Valerie was executive compensation manager at Freddie Mac, and she previously worked at Mercer HR Consulting. Valerie is a Certified Equity Professional with the CEP Institute and a Certified Compensation Professional with the WorldatWork Organization. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

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.)

J. Mark Iwry
Senior Advisor to Treasury Secretary Geithner; Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary
US Treasury Department

In April 2009, J. Mark Iwry was tapped by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary. In this newly created position, Mr. Iwry is responsible for executive compensation, pensions, retirement savings and health care.

Before that, Mr. Iwry was a principal of the Washington-based Retirement Security Project, a joint effort of The Brookings Institution and The Heritage Foundation. He remains a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.

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
National Head of the Compensation Practice
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.

A. G. Lafley
Chair and former CEO
Proctor & Gamble

A.G. Lafley, who served as P&G's CEO from 2000 to 2009, is Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. Lafley led the transformation of P&G during the nine years he served as CEO. He focused the Company on core businesses and brands, faster-growing and higher-margin beauty, grooming and health care businesses, and winning in developing markets. He made P&G a more consumer-driven and externally focused company. And, he helped shape a more diverse, open and collaborative culture in which innovation is the primary driver of business and financial growth.

Under Lafley's leadership, P&G more than doubled sales. The Company's portfolio of billion-dollar brands – brands that each generate $1 billion or more in annual sales – has grown from 10 to 22 since Lafley became CEO. On average, annual organic sales grew 5%, core earnings-per-share grew 12%, and free cash flow productivity increased 111% since 2001. The Company's market capitalization increased dramatically with Lafley as CEO, making P&G one of the five most valuable companies in the U.S. and among the 10 most valuable companies in the world at the end of Lafley's tenure as chief executive.

Dave Lynn
Dave Lynn
Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Editor, TheCorporateCounsel.net

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.

Bob McCormick
Robert McCormick
Chief Policy Officer
Glass Lewis & Co.

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.

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.

Joe Nocera
Business Columnist
New York Times

Joe Nocera became a business columnist for The New York Times in April 2005. Mr. Nocera also contributes to The New York Times Magazine as a business writer. In addition to his work at The Times, he serves as a regular business commentator for NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Nocera spent 10 years at Fortune Magazine, where he held a variety of positions, including contributing writer, editor-at-large and executive editor. His last position at Fortune was editorial director. He was the Profit Motive columnist at GQ until May 1995, and he wrote the same column for Esquire from 1988 until 1990. In the 1980's, he served as a contributing editor at Newsweek, as executive editor of New England Monthly and as senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 1978 until 1980, he was an editor at The Washington Monthly.

Mr. Nocera's Saturday column, "Talking Business," ranges widely over the world of business, covering everything from Home Depot's annual meeting to Boeing's comeback to his off-beat musings about his broken iPod. Slate magazine says that his column "demystifies the world of business with original thinking, brainy reporting and the ability to see around corners."

Mr. Nocera has won two Gerald Loeb awards and three John Hancock awards for excellence in business journalism. His book, "A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class," (Touchstone, 1995) won the New York Public Library's 1995 Helen Bernstein Award as the best non-fiction book of the year. He anchored the 1997 Frontline documentary, "Betting on the Market," which aired on PBS, and in 2003, edited "The Smartest Guys in the Room," (Portfolio, 2003) the best-selling book about Enron written by two Fortune senior writers. He was a Pulitzer finalist this year.

Mr. Nocera earned a B.S. in journalism from Boston University in 1974. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island on May 6, 1952, and lives in New York City.

John F. Olson
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

John F. 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 counseled many 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 firms and individuals in defense of Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental investigations.

In the American Bar Association (ABA), Mr. Olson served for five years (2000 – 2005) as Chairman of the Business Law Section's Committee on Corporate Governance, and was also 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 chaired 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 insider trading legislation introduced in the United States Congress.

In 2006, Mr. Olson led a team of the firm's lawyers which advised the Board of the American Red Cross on a comprehensive audit of its governance practices.

In October 2009, Mr. Olson was selected by the National Association of Corporate Directors and Directorship magazine as one of the "Directorship 100: The Most Influential People in the Boardroom," in the U.S. He has been named by the International Financial Law Review as a Leading Lawyer in US Mergers & Acquisitions and is listed in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers by Who's Who Legal. He has been regularly ranked one of the top four securities advisory attorneys in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers and in 2005, he was named one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon and as one of the leading corporate governance practitioners in the world by both Legal Media Group and Who's Who Legal. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate, securities, and governance work in every edition published since its inception more than 25 years ago. In 2004, Mr. Olson was identified by Legal Times as one of the "10 Leading Securities Attorneys" in Washington, D.C.

Shelley Parratt
Deputy Director
SEC's Division of Corporation Finance

Shelley Parratt has been Deputy Director for the Division of Corporation Finance since 2003 (and recently was the Acting Director until Meredith Cross joined the Staff). She joined the Division as a Financial Analyst in 1986. During her tenure with the Division, Ms. Parratt has served as Branch Chief, Assistant Director, Associate Director and as a Principal Associate Director (Disclosure Operations). She received her MBA from Syracuse University in 1985 and received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1982.

 Broc Romanek
Broc Romanek

Broc Romanek is Editor for TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com and DealLawyers.com, as well as for the print publications: Compensation Standards and Deal Lawyers. Before this, Broc was founder and editor of RealCorporateLawyer.com. In addition, Broc 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.

Broc frequently writes and speaks about corporate and securities law and corporate governance; he teaches a MBA corporate governance class at George Mason University; serves on the Advisory Council for the SEC Historical Society and is Editor of the Corporate Governance Advisor. He also is on the National Board for the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and is President of the Society’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. He also has served as Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Corporate & Securities Law Committee.

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.

Marc Trevino
Marc R. Trevino
Sullivan & Cromwell

Marc Trevino is a Co-Managing Partner of the firm's Executive Compensation and Benefits Practice Group and a member of the firm's Financial Institutions Group. He became a partner of the Firm in 2002. Mr. Trevino regularly advises on a wide variety of transactional matters, succession and related compensation matters, regulatory and compliance issues and regulatory investigations.

Mr. Trevino also lectures and writes extensively on compensation and corporate governance matters, including for the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Bank Directors Magazine, The Corporate Counsel, Dow Jones Corporate Governance and The Corporate Governance Advisor. In 2009, Mr. Trevino was named as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2009, 2008 and 2007, he was named as a leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America and in 2008, 2007 and 2006, he was named as a leading lawyer in New York Super Lawyers.

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