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Our work helps to ensure that our clients' executive rewards programs are strongly aligned with performance and
supportive of appropriate corporate governance practices.
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.
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.
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.
Section 162(m) was added to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in 1994 in what was seen as a reaction to escalating executive pay. Commonly referred to as the “$1 million pay cap,” Section 162(m) denied subject companies the corporate tax deduction for compensation paid to the CEO (referred to as the Principal Executive Officer or PEO) and other proxy-named executive officers (NEOs) that exceeded the $1 million statutory limitation. Exceptions to the amount of covered compensation pursuant to Section 162(m) were permitted if such compensation was deemed “performance-based” under shareholder-approved plans. Continue reading →
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 →
On November 2nd, the House Ways and Means Committee introduced its tax reform bill, referred to as the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.’ Our initial review of the bill identified a few provisions which could have significant implications for organizations’ compensation and incentive programs. Continue reading →
Many companies remain stressed that the Trump administration has yet to provide regulatory relief from the CEO pay ratio rules of the Dodd/Frank financial reform legislation which will be in effect for reporting in the 2018 proxy season. However, the business community has just been granted relief from an onerous and burdensome compensation reporting requirement that is different than the CEO pay ratio rules. This latter proposed reporting requirement has been a carry-over from the Obama administration. Continue reading →
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 →
By Ira Kay, Lane Ringlee, Bentham Stradley, Brian Lane, and Blaine Martin Partners Aubrey Bout Chris Carstens John R. Ellerman John D. England R. David Fitt Patrick Haggerty Jeffrey W. Joyce Ira T. Kay Donald S. Kokoskie Diane Lerner … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
A new Equilar report featuring commentary from Pay Governance and Donnelley Financial Solutions analyzes the compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of S&P 100 proxy statements over the last five years. With the average CD&A reaching nearly 10,000 words, the report revealed key strategies in how companies design and communicate pay practices by using alternative pay graphs, checklists and other visualizations that help draw investors to the most important information.
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October 4, 2016
Pay Governance Adds New West Coast Partner
Matt Quarles has joined the firm as a Partner. In this role, Quarles is responsible for working with clients across industries on a wide range of executive compensation issues. He will be based in Los Angeles and has nearly 20 years experience in the executive compensation consulting industry.
Pay Energy®, a new proprietary assessment tool developed by Pay Governance
Pay Energy®, a new proprietary assessment tool developed by Pay Governance LLC, helps companies consider the “drive, discipline and speed” inherent in current programs and in alternative designs that may be evaluated.
“The fundamental philosophy of executive compensation is to ‘attract, retain and motivate’ a talented management team. So it’s concerning when you hear incentive awards are just put in desk drawers until plans mature,” said Pay Governance managing partner John England.