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Bentham W. Stradley

Managing Partner | Dallas 972-379-7468


Ben is a Managing Partner at Pay Governance, specializing in executive and director compensation. Throughout his 14-year career, he has worked with a wide variety of leading public and private companies on executive and director compensation matters. His current clients include Fortune 500-ranked companies as well as a number of the nation's largest private and foreign-owned companies. Ben advises clients on a number of executive compensation-related issues, including overall reward strategies and philosophies, short- and long-term incentive plan design and analysis, calibrating incentive plan performance objectives, equity management strategies, reporting and disclosure, compliance and related issues. Ben also assists clients distill the implications of specific technical issues relating to their compensation programs, including taxation, accounting, and incentive award valuation.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Pay Governance, Ben was the leader of Towers Watson's executive compensation practice in the Western region of the U.S. and was also responsible for directing the practice's intellectual capital development efforts and overseeing service offerings related to equity incentive valuation.

Additional Information

Ben is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been a speaker at professional organizations such as NASPP and World at Work.


Ben earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University, with minors in Economics and Business Law, and an M.B.A., with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Become Law

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the most comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986.

The purpose of this Pay Governance Viewpoint is to provide an overview of the law’s key provisions that affect corporate executive compensation programs. In the coming weeks, Pay Governance will write an in-depth series of tax law Viewpoints concerning executive compensation. Continue reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Significantly Impact Executive Compensation Arrangements

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Regulatory Relief for Expanded Compensation Disclosure

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Press Release-Pay Governance Research Finds Strong CEO Pay-For-Performance Alignment

Our article was recently picked up by World at Work. Visit this link to be redirected to log in to their site. Our article has also been picked up by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. … Continue reading

CEO Pay-For-Performance: Highly Aligned When Properly Measured Using Realizable Pay

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FASB Eliminates “Extraordinary Items” Concept — Implications for Incentive Compensation Plans

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has elected to eliminate the concept of extraordinary items under Generally Accepted Accounting Rules (GAAP), effective with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015. Continue reading

SEC Proposed New Rules Regarding Executive Compensation Clawback Policies

Following the recent release of new rules and regulations regarding the proposed pay for performance disclosure requirement imposed on public companies by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just released rules to add Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act regarding executive officer clawbacks of incentive compensation. Continue reading

Outlook for 2014: Key Governance, Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Executive Rewards

For the past several years, executive compensation policies and practices have been under intense scrutiny by lawmakers, the media and governance experts. Continue reading

10 Executive Compensation Predictions for 2014

Last year turned out to be a very good one for U.S. corporations. Strong profit growth and even stronger stock price appreciation were an indication that shareholders were happy. Thus we can predict that executive pay in 2014 will rise … Continue reading

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