Speaker Biographies

Vineeta Anand
Chief Research Analyst, Office of Investment

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.

Brad Anderson
Former CEO
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Best Buy

Brad Anderson is the vice chairman for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. He retired as Best Buy's chief executive officer in June 2009.

Anderson, a voracious reader of biographies and history, recognizes that innovation is often accompanied by challenge and change, which can become the platform for tremendous learning opportunities. He is convinced that taking advantage of people's inherent strengths and talents provides the necessary fuel to run the engine of top-line growth, value creation and sustained profitability. He believes employees can have fun while being the best and demands that integrity, humility and respect are demonstrated by all.

A lifelong audiophile, Anderson joined the company in 1973 as a commissioned salesman at the fledgling Sound of Music, a small chain of stereo stores that was the precursor to Best Buy. Within weeks of joining the company, Anderson was ready to quit because he had not made a single sale. Then, he discovered the power of asking the right questions and truly listening to the customer's answers. He became a successful sales person and eventually was named store manager. It was this early work that left Anderson with the indelible impression that a close-to-the-customer understanding of needs and operations would be key to Best Buy's continued innovation and growth.

Best Buy founder Dick Schulze recognized the success of Anderson's retail operations expertise and named him vice president in 1981. Anderson worked closely with Schulze on all of the major strategic initiatives that transformed and grew Best Buy, including the move to a non-commissioned store staff and the decision to let customers browse for themselves in warehouse-style stores.

In 1986, Anderson was promoted to executive vice president and was elected to Best Buy's Board of Directors. In April 1991, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer. Anderson was named vice chairman in 2001. In June 2002, he assumed the position of chief executive officer.

Anderson has an associate degree from Waldorf College, a liberal arts college located in Forest City, Iowa, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver.

Anderson's charitable and volunteer efforts are highlighted by his participation on the boards of the American Film Institute, General Mills, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Early Learning Foundation. In 2009, Anderson was also elected to the Carlson Board of Directors. He also serves on the Waldorf College Board of Regents.

Joseph Bachelder
Founder and Senior Partner
Bachelder Law Firm

Mr. Bachelder, founder and senior partner of the Bachelder Law Firm, has concentrated in matters associated with executive compensation for over two decades. Mr. Bachelder has represented many prominent chief executive officers and other senior-level executives of United States corporations. He has also represented boards of directors and compensation committees. Mr. Bachelder writes a regular column for the New York Law Journal entitled "Executive Compensation," which provides current commentary on the subject of executive pay. He speaks regularly to professional groups such as the American Law Institute/ABA, the Practising Law Institute and The Conference Board.

He has spoken at academic institutions such as Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern and the Universities of Wisconsin and Delaware. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School. He has also been a lecturer at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. B.A., Yale University; LL.B., Harvard Law School. Admitted to the bar: New York. Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (served as a member of the Committee on Taxation); New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Mark 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 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.

Michele Aguilar Carlin
Michele Aguilar Carlin
Senior Vice President
Human Resources

Shelly Carlin is senior vice president, Human Resources, for Motorola. In this role, her worldwide responsibilities include workforce development, organizational effectiveness, benefits and compensation, staffing, global inclusion and diversity. Carlin joined Motorola in 2008 as corporate vice president, Global Rewards, and added HR Shared Services to her responsibilities in 2009.

Prior to joining Motorola, Shelly was vice president of Global Compensation, Benefits and HR Technology for the Campbell Soup Company. Previously, she was vice president of HR rewards & Operations for TIAA-CREF, vice president of Compensation & Benefits for Sears, Roebuck and Co. and senior vice president of Executive Compensation & Corporate Unit Reporting for Bcom3 Group, Inc.

A California native, Carlin earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ning Chiu
Ning Chiu
Davis Polk & Wardwell

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.

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

Bob 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 Dye
Hogan Lovells

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.

Doug Friske
Managing Principal
Towers Watson

Doug Friske is Towers Watson's Global Executive Compensation Line of Business (LOB) Leader, based in the Chicago office. With the firm for over 20 years, he has focused on executive compensation matters throughout his career.

Doug has concentrated primarily on developing executive remuneration programs that align the interests of management and owners and provide organizations with effective means of communicating values and objectives. These programs tend to include the development of performance-based short- and long-term incentives. Many assignments involved ongoing advisory work with outside directors and senior management on topics that included incentive plan design, employment contracts, change-in-control agreements, executive benefits, and outside director pay.

Doug has worked with numerous multinational and Fortune 500 corporations. He also has significant experience with private organizations, non-U.S.-headquartered companies and business units within public companies. He currently serves as the named compensation consultant to the board and management at companies spanning a wide range of industries and revenues.

Doug holds a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an M.M. degree in finance and marketing from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He often speaks at conferences and presentations on executive compensation, and he has published numerous articles on the topic. He is frequently quoted in general interest and human resource news articles and is viewed as a nationally recognized expert on executive pay.

Rich Floersch
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Rich Floersch, McDonald's Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, is responsible for overseeing McDonald's human resources function for its 400,000 company employees in 118 countries. As a member of the Senior Management team, he is responsible for the company's talent management, leadership development, rewards, and employment branding programs.

Floersch joined McDonald's from Kraft Foods International in 2003, where he had served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources since 1998.

In this role, Floersch was responsible for all HR aspects of this Fortune 100 organization, which employs 50,000 personnel in 66 countries.

Prior to this post, he was Vice President of Corporate Compensation at Philip Morris. Before the Philip Morris assignment, Floersch was based in the Chicago area, working for Kraft Foods North America as Vice President of Compensation.

Floersch is a member of the Board of Directors for the HR Policy Association, a public policy advocacy organization representing the chief human resource officers from more than 270 leading employers across the U.S. and sits on the Personnel Roundtable.

Robbi Fox
Senior Advisor

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.

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.)

Beth Ising
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

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
Ira Kay
Pay Governance LLC

Ira T. 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
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.

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.

Pat McGurn
Pat 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.

Jack Mollen
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
EMC Corporation

Jack Mollen is Executive Vice President of Human Resources at EMC Corporation. With 2009 revenues of $14 billion and approximately 43,000 employees worldwide, EMC is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.

Jack leads EMC's global Human Resources practice to ensure the availability of world-class talent to drive business success. His responsibilities include executive, leadership, and employee development; compensation and benefits; staffing; and all of the people-related aspects of acquisition integration. Jack reports to EMC Chairman and CEO Joseph M. Tucci.

Jack joined EMC in September 1999. Since then, the company has grown organically as well as through strategic acquisitions and has developed industry-leading talent and employee-oriented programs and systems to support EMC as the technology and market leader in Information Infrastructure solutions. EMC has major operations in the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, area, where the company is headquartered, and in North Carolina, California, China, Egypt, India, Ireland, Israel, Russia, and Singapore as well as sales and service centers in more than 80 countries.

Ron 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 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.

George Paulin
CEO and Chairman
Frederic W Cook & Co.

George Paulin has been a consultant specializing in the areas of executive and employee compensation for more than 25 years, and is nationally known as an advisor to board compensation committees and management.

He joined Frederic W. Cook & Company in 1982. He was named president of the firm in 1994, and assumed responsibility as Chief Executive Officer in 2001. He opened the firm’s Chicago office in 1983, and in 1987 he opened the office in Los Angeles where he currently resides. During the past two years, the Cook firm has served more than 45% of the current Fortune 200 companies, and over 1,400 major U.S. companies since the firm was founded as an independent organization owned by its principal consultants in 1973.

In 2004, he attended over 130 board compensation committee meetings. He was a member of the WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association) faculty for more than 15 years until 2002, where he was instrumental in developing its certification courses on executive compensation. He served on the WorldatWork Executive Compensation Council from 1991 to 1997. In 2004, he was named to the Advisory Board of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), and made an honorary life member of WorldatWork.

His writing and research on executive-related topics is well known. Recent published articles include "Ideas for Improving Equity Compensation," "Use and Misuse of Restricted Stock," and "Using Stock to Retain Key Employees." He has recently been a keynote speaker at sessions sponsored by the American Bar Association, Conference Board, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, Stanford Law School Institutional Investor Forum, and Northwestern Law School Corporate Counsel Institute.

Mr. Paulin has a master’s degree from the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois, where he has been active in alumni affairs and received their Distinguished Alumni Reward in 1990. His undergraduate degree is in economics.

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.

Charles Tharp
Executive Vice President for Policy
Center On Executive Compensation

Charlie Tharp is the Executive Vice President for Policy of the Center On Executive Compensation. In that role, Dr. Tharp is responsible for setting overall policy positions and research initiatives undertaken by the Center and representing the Center in public forums.

Tharp has over 25 years of corporate experience, including key human resource positions with General Electric, PepsiCo, Pillsbury, CIGNA and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Most recently Tharp served as the interim Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Saks, Incorporated. He has also served as an executive compensation consultant for the global consulting firm of Towers Perrin.

Tharp holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, J.D. from the Quinnipiac School of Law, a Masters in Economics from Wayne State University and a BA from Hope College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Baker Scholar. In 1998 Tharp was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He previously served as President of the Academy, is currently a member of the NAHR Board of Directors and has served as a past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of HR Policy Association.

Laura Thatcher
Laura Thatcher
Alston & Bird

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.

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