8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Networking 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Program
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. This will be an interactive discussion including Compensation Committee members and a technical Compensation expert.
Panelists: Jocelyn Carter-Miller, Director, Interpublic Group, Keith Cobb, Director, Alliance Data Systems, Corp., and Deborah Lifshey, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer; Moderator: Sandy Godwin, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Jocelyn Carter-Miller currently serves on the boards of Principal Financial Group Inc. (Finance Committee chair, Nominating and Governance Committee member), InterPublic Group (Nominating and Governance Committee chair, Audit Committee member), Netgear Inc. (Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member), and the nonprofit League of Women Voters of Broward County. She has been president of TechEd Ventures since 2005 and SoulTranSync since 2013, which specialize in the development and marketing of high-performance educational and personal empowerment programming.
Keith recently stepped down following fourteen years of service on the board of directors of Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE – ADS), a Fortune 500 global marketing services company providing data-driven transaction-based marketing and customer loyalty solutions. He is a former director of a variety of other corporate boards over the past several years, including BBX Capital Corporation (and its predecessor, BankAtlantic Bancorp), BFC Financial Corporation (a diversified investment company), Chateau Communities, Inc. (an equity REIT), Renaissance Cruises, Inc. (an international cruise line), CRA Investment Fund (a financial services mutual fund), RHR International, Inc, (a global consulting firm) and First Fleet Corporation (a truck leasing company). He also served for four years on the advisory board of Farlie, Turner & Co LLC. (a mid-market investment banking firm).
Keith Cobb is currently a business consultant and strategic advisor to several companies. His primary business activity over the past few years has been associated with financial management, corporate restructuring, strategic business unit divestitures and internal control issues.
Keith is also a frequent speaker, panelist and participant in corporate governance conferences and seminars – focused primarily on audit committee responsibilities.
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.
Moderator: Sandy Godwin is a managing director in the firm's Atlanta office. He joined Pearl Meyer in 2010 with over 30 years of experience advising compensation committees, top management teams, family owners, and private equity investors on all aspects of executive compensation, outside director compensation, and related corporate governance issues. During his career, Sandy has worked with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held organizations in most major industries, as well as numerous non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Sandy was a principal with Mercer Human Resource Consulting, where he served as the executive compensation practice leader for the Atlanta office.
Sandy holds a BS and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. He has been a Certified Compensation Professional for more than 25 years and he currently serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations.