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11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration Opens, Lunch & Networking
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM
Welcome Remarks
12:10 PM – 1:10 PM
Onboarding New Compensation Committee Members
In the process of onboarding hew compensation committee members, the board must carefully balance the historical fundamentals with “new age” topics. Because of the critical role that the Comp committee (Committee) plays in establishing and overseeing an executive compensation program, new Committee members must be carefully and strategically onboarded using a detailed step-by-step process and clear communication. In this discussion, Ani Huang, President of the Center On Executive Compensation, moderates a panel on best practices for selecting, transitioning, onboarding and educating new Committee members.
1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
Incentive Plan Design
The level of scrutiny on incentive-based compensation, performance measures, and pay out curves has never been higher. Metric evaluation and stress testing are critical aspects of building an effective incentive plan. In this discussion, the panel will offer a holistic framework and best practices for metric selection, stress testing, and how to build a risk-minded culture.
2:10 PM – 2:40 PM
Table Topics
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking & Refreshment Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
How to Manage Unplanned Departures
Naming a successor to the CEO is one of the board’s primary functions and a sudden departure can create havoc for management and the board. Important proactive steps must be taken to prepare for the unexpected. Join us for a discussion on the critical role of the Compensation Committee as part of the strategic CEO succession plan.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Shareholder Engagement
A hot topic for many years, shareholder engagement continues to be an important tool for companies and investors. Recently, the spotlight has been on the board, specifically independent directors and chairs of nom/gov and comp committees, to engage with investors directly. This panel will showcase several specific examples of robust engagement campaigns.
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM
Closing Remarks
5:10 PM – 6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception


Nasdaq MarketSite

4 Times Square,
New York, NY
Nasdaq MarketSite

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Equilar and Nasdaq are excited to offer a half-day program for public company compensation committee members, chief HR and senior-level compensation executives, general counsel, and corporate secretaries. The goal of the Forum is to help compensation committees establish and execute a compensation and benefits program that meets both management’s and investors’ expectations. Participants will gain valuable insights to make the best pay decisions and establish strong governance practices that will drive strategic and defendable compensation decisions.


Kathleen Abernathy

Board Member
DISH Network Corporation
Ryan Dahl

Weil Gotshal
Rich Floersch

Senior Strategic Advisor
HR Policy Association

Former CHRO
Daniel Hajjar

VP, Corporate Development Group
Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company
Trace Harris

Board Member
Altair Engineering
Kathy Higgins Victor

President & Founder, Centera Corporation
Board Member, Best Buy
Eric Hosken

Compensation Advisory Partners
Ani Huang

Center On Executive Compensation
Nishesh Kumar

Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Gerard Leider

Meridian Compensation Partners
Doreen Lilienfeld

Partner and Global Head of the Governance & Advisory Group
Shearman & Sterling
Jessica McDougall

VP, Investment Stewardship & Corporate Governance
Hemant Patel

Senior Director, Talent & Rewards
Willis Towers Watson
Craig Rubino

VP, Corporate Services
Ron Schneider

Director, Corporate Governance Services
Aalap Shah

Managing Director
Pearl Meyer
Laurie Siegel

Board Member
California Resources Corporation, CenturyLink and FactSet Research Systems
Todd Sirras

Managing Director
Semler Brossy

Why Attend

Join influential business leaders to obtain intelligence, connections and innovative solutions to build a higher performing board.

Expert advice and solutions. Gain valuable insights from industry experts and experienced board members and executives to objectively evaluate board strategy and risk, along with tools to ensure constructive interaction with key shareholders and advisors.

Collaborative education. Engage with peers through in-depth, discussion-based sessions, and exchange business challenges, ideas and practical solutions to reach your business goals.

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