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.
John is a Partner in Pay Governance's Michigan office. He specializes in the analysis, design and implementation of executive compensation programs that drive shareholder value. John consults with publicly-traded, privately-owned and pre-IPO companies in a wide spectrum of industries regarding executive and non-employee director pay programs. He has experience in helping companies effectively handle significant changes, including asset sales, bankruptcy, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. John has worked with numerous Fortune 500 and other prominent companies and has a particular focus on people-intensive businesses. He works with companies in a variety of industries, including auto suppliers, branded consumer products, insurance, manufacturing, and not-for-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Pay Governance, John was a Principal at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson).
John holds the distinction of Certified Compensation Practitioner, as awarded by the American Compensation Association.
John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska - Omaha and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Wayne State University.
One of the key functions of an incentive plan is to align participants with the interests of shareholders; such a pay objective has become especially relevant in the post-Say on Pay world’s focus on good compensation governance. Continue reading →
In todays Say-on-Pay environment, it is critical for compensation committees to establish a solid corporate governance foundation for designing, implementing and administering executive compensation programs. Ultimately, however, a committees success will not be assessed by this foundation, but by the soundness of compensation programs built upon it. This structural integrity is measured by outcomes: the degree of alignment between total realizable executive pay* and corporate financial and shareholder returns on the one hand and the motivation and retention of the executive team on the other. 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.