March 17, 2004

What the Top Compensation Consultants

Don’t forget tomorrow’s exciting NASPP webcast – “What The Top Compensation Consultants Are NOW Telling Compensation Committees.” Try a no-risk trial membership to the NASPP and hear the top consultants “tell it like it is.”

Besides NASPP Chair Jesse Brill, who will moderate, the panelists are:

Peter T. Chingos, National Director Executive Compensation for Mercer. Peter has been a leading light in the field of executive compensation for over 25 years and consults with numerous boards, CEOs and managements. Peter is also a member of the NASPP’s Advisory Board.

George B. Paulin, President and CEO of Frederic W. Cook and Co., Inc George is one of only three people in the past 15 years to receive our Best Compensation Idea Award. His just published piece Best Compensation Ideas Features and Practices should be on everyone’s “must” reading list.

Tim Sparks, President, Compensia, a newly formed consulting firm specializing in providing counsel to boards, compensation committees and senior management. Many of us know Tim as a nationally recognized compensation lawyer and former senior partner and member of the Executive Committee at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Tim has written and spoken extensively on executive compensation issues and serves on the NASPP Advisory Board.

Real-Time Disclosure Adopting Release Posted

The SEC has posted the adopting release with the new Form 8-K amendments – this is a PDF 133-page document double spaced. I am cooking up a May webcast on the topic…

Electronic Application for Form IDs

In a welcome development, the SEC has proposed amendments mandating the electronic filing of applications on Form ID for access codes to file on EDGAR. The SEC is taking comments until April 5th – and expects to launch the new system in late April, possibly after little further notice.

By that time, a related new online filing system accessed through an EDGAR Filer Management website is scheduled to be completed.

[My final four: Duke (champion), Gonzaga, UConn and Wake Forest. Go Terps!]