Prepare for the upcoming 2019 proxy season, which will soon be upon us. Hear about changes from ISS and Glass Lewis, new regulatory and legislative initiatives, and how Boards are thinking about executive compensation and corporate governance from a panel of experts including Compensation Committee Chairs and technical experts.
Deborah Lifshey is a managing director in the New York office, where she specializes in advising clients on compensation matters from a legal perspective including securities disclosure, taxation and corporate governance issues, negotiation contracts, and reasonableness opinion letters. She is a graduate of the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University and the University of Florida College of Law, and served as a federal clerk for the Honorable Judge Susan H. Black on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, 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/or co-authored the following works: “The New Qualified Plan Minimum Distribution Rules,” The New York Law Journal (Winter, 1996); “IRS Changes Rules Through Field Service Advice – This Time on FICA and ESPP,” Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits (January/February 2000); Perquisites, Executive Compensation and Benefits Handbook, BNA Publications (2002); Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements, Executive Compensation and Benefits Handbook (2004); and Executive Compensation: The Perspective of the Compensation Consultant, Chapter 15 of Corporate Governance: Law and Practice (2005). Ms. Lifshey is a frequent speaker and panelist on disclosure and taxation issues, and is regularly quoted on executive compensation best practices.
Ms. Lifshey is a member of the New York and Florida Bars.
John J. Mahoney has been a director since 2007 and retired as Vice Chair of Staples, Inc. in July 2012, having served as Vice Chair since January 2006.
Mr. Mahoney also served as Chief Financial Officer for Staples, Inc. from 1996 through January 2012. Prior to 1996, Mr. Mahoney was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Mahoney currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bloomin' Brands, Inc., Michael's Stores and Burlington Stores.
Previously, Mr. Mahoney served on the Boards of Directors of Advo, Inc. from 2007 to 2011, Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and Zipcar, Inc. from 2010 to 2012.
Jan Tomlinson serves as a director for Navigators Group, Inc., various subsidiaries of FirstCan Management and the Oswald Companies. She chairs the Compensation Committee at Navigators Group and is a member of the Compensation Committee at the Oswald Companies.
Jan spent her entire career with Chubb, beginning in 1973 as a commercial underwriter, finishing her career as Executive Vice-President, International Field Operations which involved field management of 57 locations in 28 countries. In between, she was Worldwide Director of Human Resources, as well as Chairman and President of Chubb Canada.
Jan received her BA degree from Marymount College of Kansas and attended the executive management programs at Yale and Harvard Universities, as well as Chubb’s Global Executive Program.
Moderator: Joe Mallin, a Partner at Pay Governance, has over thirty years of experience working with public and private companies on a wide range of executive compensation issues, including pay-for-performance analyses, incentive plan design, advising on regulatory issues and other key features of the current executive pay landscape. Clients for whom Joe has served as the executive compensation consultant to the Compensation Committees and management teams include major companies in the manufacturing, insurance, staffing and other service industries. In addition, Joe has experience working with companies in a variety of situations, including mergers, divestitures, IPOs and other events of significant change.