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Sara Bivins

consultant | Dallas 214-387-9538


Sara Bivins is a Consultant in the Dallas office of Pay Governance with over 17 years experience in executive compensation. Sara serves as both a key contributor and a day-to-day project manager for client engagements focused on assessing the competitiveness of compensation programs, and their alignment with the organization's business strategy. Her experience includes developing compensation strategies, conducting competitive market pay assessments, as well as designing and implementing annual and long-term incentive plans. Additionally, she designs and develops pay strategies and programs for non-employee directors of the Board, assists with proxy statement development by providing technical knowledge of disclosure regulations and assistance with required filing requirements, and conducts 280G change-in-control analyses. Sara's client experience primarily includes work with publicly-traded companies in various industries including energy, pharmaceutical, retail, high technology, financial services, and transportation.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Pay Governance at its inception in 2010, Sara worked in the Dallas office of Towers Perrin's executive compensation practice for over 10 years.


Sara earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction in Finance from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

CEO Pay As Governed by Compensation Committees: The Model Works!

Last year, two articles in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review criticized the overall CEO pay model at U.S. companies. The authors of both articles, Robert Pozen and S. P. Kothari, link their criticisms to shortfalls in executive compensation governance (e.g., poor disclosure, misleading metrics, and selecting inappropriate peer groups) that have been allowed and/or encouraged by Board Compensation Committees. In this article, we address these critiques. Continue reading

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