Broad-Based Compensation Structure

We can help you develop effective and sustainable broad-based compensation programs, which will ensure that you remain competitive in attracting, motivating, and retaining talent. We offer a holistic approach with innovative solutions, which include compensation design, implementation, and communication. Our consultants will work with your company to ensure that your total rewards programs are effective, competitive, aligned with your business strategy, and administratively feasible.

Our broad-based compensation consulting services include:

  • Competitive compensation analysis
  • Salary structure development
  • Global compensation management
  • Total rewards strategy and design
  • Compensation administration and outsourcing
  • Sales force effectiveness
  • Job evaluation
  • Internal pay-equity analysis

Executive Compensation Services

We act as an independent, strategic partner that will assist in developing executive compensation plans that will enable your company to attract, motivate and retain key talent. We have extensive experience providing executive compensation consulting services to publicly-traded, privately-held, and not-for-profit organizations. Our objective is to leverage executive compensation to help companies achieve their goals and objectives by aligning the interests of management with the interests of shareholders. As a strategic advisor, we provide the resources, experience, and support to help our clients make informed decisions about executive compensation matters.

Our services include:

  • Executive compensation benchmarking
  • Short-term incentive plan design
  • Long-term incentive plan design
  • Employment agreement drafting and review
  • Deferred compensation plan design and administration
  • Executive compensation philosophy design
  • Compensation & Discussion Analysis drafting
  • Compensation risk analysis
  • Pay for performance analysis
  • Severance agreement drafting and review
  • Share ownership guidelines
  • Accounting & tax considerations

Board of Director Compensation

We understand how important it is to attract and retain the best independent directors for your company. With increased regulations, shareholder activism, and other external factors, the independent directors of the boards of private, public, and not-for-profit organizations are faced with increased scrutiny surrounding director compensation.

With the recent increase in litigation regarding director compensation, we recognize that it is more important than ever to have the right director compensation plans in place. We provide support for the compensation and governance committees, and serves as an advisor to help directors make fiscally responsible compensation decisions.

We conduct market competitive analyses of director compensation levels, including the individual components that make up director compensation such as retainer fees, meeting fees, and equity awards. We will work with the board to determine weaknesses and risk in the compensation structure, as well as to provide guidance on board governance best practices.

Our services include:

  • Annual retainer benchmarking
  • Committee and meeting compensation benchmarking
  • Equity and/or long-term awards
  • Share ownership guidelines
  • Board composition prevalence
  • Committee charters and governance review

Incentive Plan Design

A properly designed incentive plan can encourage the right employee behaviors that will drive the achievement of a company’s short-term and long-term goals. Many companies are currently operating in a hyper-competitive market, and the ability to attract key talent has become increasingly dependent on offering a competitive incentive compensation structure. We will partner with you to fully understand your operations, strategy, and how to develop short-term and long-term incentive compensation plans that will drive your company’s performance.

Our services include:

  • Short-term incentive plan design
  • Long-term incentive plan design
  • Sales compensation plan design
  • Performance metrics & goal setting
  • Statistical modeling
  • Accounting & tax considerations
  • Incentive plan administration services, including communications

Deferred Compensation Plan Design

We will assist you in ensuring your executives are maximizing their benefits through your non-qualified deferred compensation plans. In examining existing plans, we will thoroughly review for any gaps and identify any potential opportunities for improvement. We will utilize a collaborative approach to better understand your strategic goals, and present objective recommendations tailored to your needs.

We also offer deferred compensation plan design and implementation services for companies looking to add this critical benefit to their executive total rewards program. Our experienced consultants will lead plan design discussions, formulate a consensus design approach, and then develop a draft of the plan and trust documents. We will ensure compliance with reporting and disclosure requirements by assisting with relevant documents and filings. Working in collaboration with you, our team of deferred compensation experts can manage every aspect of plan design and implementation, including drafting, communications, enrollment, technology, investments, recordkeeping, and administration. The plan participants will be well informed through a customized communications strategy developed collaboratively with you.

We will continue to partner with your organization throughout the life of the plan, keeping the plan current and ensuring that it continues to meet your organization’s needs and goals. Additionally, we will proactively monitor current trends and regulations that may impact your organization’s deferred compensation plans. Our team of legal experts will help interpret changing regulations and their effect on the plan and offer any necessary recommendations and solutions on how to best respond to changes.

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