Our work with executives and boards focuses on people, practices and policies. We focus on six critical areas (composition, rewards, operating discipline, dynamics, development, and compliance and disclosure) to ensure directors are prepared to assume their roles, make informed decisions, operate with integrity and are appropriately rewarded for their contributions.
We work with boards to evaluate director compensation policies and practices to ensure they are competitive and aligned with the company's pay philosophy. We analyze, and redesign as appropriate, all compensation elements, including cash retainers and meeting fees, annual equity grants, committee compensation, and chair and lead director compensation. We focus on issues, including:
We work with clients to develop a compensation philosophy that supports the strategic business objectives, performance requirements and talent needs of the organization.
The compensation philosophy serves as the foundation for the compensation system, and this philosophy is the compass for designing, administering, communicating and governing compensation policies and programs. Post-design, it becomes the means for measuring how programs are delivering against the philosophy's intent.
When developing a compensation philosophy, we help address the following questions:
A well-governed board builds value, efficiency and effectiveness. Our goal is to help boards operate in a way that leads to better company performance and enhances competitive advantage. We prepare directors to embrace their accountabilities and grow and serve the organization to their best ability. We work with clients to ensure that onboarding exists to get directors acclimated and that rotation is used to broaden director expertise. In addition, we help clients address questions, including:
Evaluations help improve the effectiveness of individual directors, committees and the board as a whole. We work with clients to design and administer evaluations, annual or bi-annual, that enable the board to assess strengths and pinpoint developmental needs. We provide feedback and advise boards on ways to address potential issues: