Executive Compensation Consultants
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Executive Compensation is one of the clearest ways to communicate a company’s priorities and values. Our Executive Compensation services range from strategy development to program review and benchmarking.
Attracting and retaining quality directors has never been more important as directors continue to spend more time on board matters and are limited in the number of boards they can serve on.
Quality compensation programs are the direct result of good corporate governance practices. We strive to ensure our clients follow the proper process in developing and reviewing their compensation programs and are kept abreast of current governance trends and widely regarded “best practices.”
Unlike their peers at public companies, directors of non-profit Boards may be personally penalized if the IRS determines that the compensation awarded to certain executives was not “reasonable.” Therefore, our clients often struggle to balance the need to pay competitively to retain talented executives with the desire to honor the organization’s mission and use donor resources responsibly. We strive to partner with our non-profit clients to ensure that they have the tools and information needed to successfully navigate the questions surrounding non-profit executive compensation.
Compensation is one of the clearest ways to communicate a company’s priorities and values. Properly designed compensation programs are vital to reinforce the strategy and motivate achievement of the organization’s business objectives. Conversely, when compensation programs are inconsistent with the organization’s mission, the result can be costly.
We believe that in the current pay-for-performance environment, the foundation for all compensation programs should be the company’s business and its strategic plan and the compensation philosophy established by the Compensation Committee in conjunction with management.
We believe that balanced programs consisting of multiple cash and equity compensation vehicles utilizing different but complimentary performance metrics and targets drive responsible growth and mitigate risk.
While accounting, legal, tax and shareholder considerations should never be the sole reason for the selection of a particular plan, a nuanced examination of their impact on both the company and its executives should be included in any analysis.
Knowledge and awareness of the view of the institutional investor and public are also an important consideration when determining executive compensation strategy, design and opportunities available. But this does not mean that such considerations should receive undo weighting in the decision process. The role of the Compensation Committee is to adopt a program that will create shareholder and corporate value. Based on our experiences with clients over the years, we continue to believe that carefully designed compensation programs tightly aligning pay with the long-term performance of the corporation are in the best interests of shareholders, and that diligent “education” campaigns and “governance road shows” can go a long way towards influencing key stockholders and advisory services.