Pay Governance LLC is an independent firm that serves as a trusted advisor on executive compensation matters.
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.
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.