NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Emerging Issues in Executive Compensation

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February 16, 2016
Naples, Florida



Executive compensation continues to receive substantial scrutiny from investors, activists, regulators and the public at large.  Compensation policies need to be better aligned with performance and more effectively communicated with stakeholders in 2016 and beyond.  In addition, executives and board members need to understand and be prepared to respond to inquiries and challenges about emerging trends and new disclosures.


Our panel of experts provided an excellent update and discussion on these critical issues.


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Location and Time


Hilton Naples
5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, Florida 34103

Check-In Reception:  3:00 – 3:30 PM

Program:  3:30 – 5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception:  5:00 – 6:00 PM

Speaker Spotlight


Jan Fields

Jan Fields is the former president of McDonald's USA, LLC, one of the most widely recognized women in business leadership and a popular public speaker. She currently serves on the boards of St. Louis-based Monsanto, Chico’s FAS and The Global Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities. She is a member of The Chicago Network, an organization of professional women in the upper echelons of business, the arts, government, and academia, as well as C200 and Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Fields has been named to Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch list, and Crain’s Chicago Business’ list of 25 Women to Watch.

Deborah Lifshey

Deborah Lifshey is a Managing Director in the Pearl Meyer New York office and head of the firm’s Technical Services Team. She specializes in advising clients on compensation matters from a legal perspective, including securities disclosure, taxation and corporate governance issues, as well as contract negotiations and reasonableness opinion letters. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer in 2001, Ms. Lifshey practiced at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she specialized in executive compensation, ERISA matters and corporate transactions, and at Holland and Knight, where she specialized in employment litigation matters. Ms. Lifshey has authored and co-authored numerous works. She also speaks and is quoted regularly on disclosure and taxation issues and executive compensation best practices. A graduate of the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University and the University of Florida College of Law, Ms. Lifshey served as a federal clerk for the Honorable Judge Susan H. Black on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the New York and Florida Bars.

Sandy Godwin

Sandy Godwin, Managing Director in the Atlanta office, joined Pearl Meyer in 2010. Mr. Godwin has more than 25 years experience advising Compensation Committees and top management teams on all aspects of executive compensation, outside Director compensation and related corporate governance issues. During his career, he has worked with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held companies in most major industries. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Godwin was a Partner and Principal of Mercer (US), Inc., where he was the executive compensation practice leader for the Atlanta office. Mr. Godwin holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Certified Compensation Professional designation from WorldatWork.

David Walker

David Walker – Moderator - is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chico’s FAS, Inc., and also serves on the boards of directors of two other public companies: CoreLogic, Inc., and CommVault Systems, Inc. He previously served on the boards of directors of three other public companies: First Advantage Corporation from 2003 through 2009, Paradyne Corporation from 2003 through 2005, and Technology Research Corporation from 2004 through 2010, as well as private company Atlantic Blue Group during 2012. Dave worked for the University of South Florida from 2002 through 2009, and was previously a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP from 1986 through 2002, having led the firm’s Assurance and Business Advisory practice for the Florida Caribbean Region from 1999 through 2002. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and a BA degree from DePauw University. He is also a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow, a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.



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