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Management & Directors
CEO and Founder
David has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most respected and trusted names in the executive compensation industry. David has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). David often speaks publicly on corporate governance and executive compensation matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Corporate Board Member, The HR Policy Association, NACD Directorship, NASDAQ OMX, NYSE Euronext, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and Stanford’s Directors’ College.
Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom billing software developer that was subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies.
David is an advisory board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship, a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a director of the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). David earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Ed Kam leads the team that is responsible for Accounting and Finance, Facilities, Human Resources and Legal. Prior to joining Equilar, Ed spent 10 years at several Silicon Valley start-ups as a Corporate Controller, primarily with IPLocks where he was a key driver in the sale of IPLocks to Fortinet. Prior to his involvement with technology start-ups, Ed spent several years in the financial services and energy industries and has held various managerial and analytical positions at the Bank of Hawaii, GE Capital and Pacific Resources (BHP Petroleum).
Ed holds Bachelor degrees in Finance and Computer Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii.
Vice President, Products and Marketing
Linda Chen is our VP of Products and Marketing. Prior to joining Equilar, she was General Manager/Vice President at Deem, Inc. She was responsible for the B2B business line of corporate travel, spend, and expense management applications. She also served more than 10 years at Intuit, where she managed products, marketing and customer support for the company's Small Business mobile and SaaS solutions. She also led product marketing teams for QuickBooks and Quicken software and support. Earlier in her career, Chen drove global marketing for Crest toothbrushes at Procter & Gamble. Chen has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Governance Research
|Aaron Boyd is our Director of Governance Research. He oversees all research into executive compensation and corporate governance trends and disclosure practices. Aaron heads Equilar’s efforts in producing some of the most relevant analyses in the industry. His analysis and commentary have appeared in some of the leading business news outlets, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNBC, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Aaron specializes in executive compensation and corporate governance topics including board practices, equity trends, peer groups, and say on pay. He has spent his entire career in executive compensation, annually reviewing thousands of companies each year. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.|
Director of Research and Content
|Belen E. Gomez, Director of Research and Content, oversees content creation relating to executive compensation and corporate governance. Prior to joining Equilar, Ms. Gomez served as a Program Director for governance consulting firm, XCEO, where she led the board recruitment and executive leadership development practices. She has extensive experience working with boards and senior executives from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Her research has been cited in several regional, national, and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Directorship, and Agenda.|
Katherine August-deWilde, who joined First Republic Bank at its inception in 1985, has served as its President and Chief Operating Officer since 2007. First Republic is a commercial bank specializing in relationship-based banking, lending, trust, and investment advisory services. In 2007, the bank was sold at 3.7X book value, returning to shareholders a 23 percent IRR over more than two decades. In 2010, August-deWilde, with the CEO, co-led the management buyback from Bank of America at approximately 1X book value and took the company public within six months. Before joining the bank, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at PMI Group.
Katherine is a member of the Board of Directors of TriNet, a cloud-based provider of human resources services. She is also a trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. She earned an MBA in 1975 from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 from Goucher College.
Lead Independent Director
Peter Browning is the Founder and Managing Director of Peter Browning Partners, LLC, an esteemed board advisory consulting firm. Since 1989, Peter has served on the boards of directors of eleven publicly traded companies, two as CEO. He has served as Chairman, President, and CEO of the National Gypsum Company, and as President and CEO of Sonoco Products Company. Peter presently serves as Lead Director of Nucor Corporation and Acuity Brands, and is also a member of the boards of directors of EnPro Industries and Lowe's Companies. He is a founding member of the Lead Director Network, a member of the faculty for The Conference Board’s Directors’ Institute, the former Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, and a lifetime member of The University of Chicago’s Council on the Booth Graduate School of Business.
In 2004, Board Alert Magazine selected Peter as one of eight “Outstanding Directors of the Year” for his role in the successful CEO transitions at Lowe's and Nucor. He is also the 2009 recipient of Boston University's "Gislason Award for Leadership in Executive Development," and he was selected for the "NACD Director 100 List" in 2011 and 2012.
Jim Casella is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Case Interactive Media (CIM), affiliated with Austin Ventures where he serves as CEO-in-Residence for their Growth/Private Equity practice. He is Chairman and CEO of Asset International, a leading B2B information and technology company in the financial information sector. Jim has extensive leadership experience in the information services industry, including: serving as Vice Chairman of Reed Business (Reed Elsevier's business-to-business division), CEO of U.S. operations for Reed Business Information, Chief Operating Officer at IDG, President and CEO of PennNet (now PennEnergy), President of ABC Consumer Magazines (a division of Capital Cities/ABC), and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for HBJ Media Systems at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Jim has also served on the boards of directors of two formerly-listed NASDAQ companies (IDG Books and Ask Jeeves) as well as on the board of Infomedia India LTD. He previously served on the board of Jigsaw Data Corporation, which was sold to Salesforce.com in 2010. Jim currently sits on the board of Compare Networks.