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30 September - 01 October, 2014

When it comes to effective executive compensation programs, achieving and demonstrating pay for performance alignment is critical. Each company needs to develop a clear and detailed understanding and acceptance of what senior executives really earn and how and why they earn it.  Attend this conference to:

  • ENGAGE in discussions on assessing pay/performance
    relationships and balancing external expectations of good
    governance, investor expectations and concerns and sound
    business strategy
  • LEARN the latest in developments, techniques and enduring
    principles for providing effective compensation to senior
    executives
  • CONNECT with leading directors, senior executives and investors
    on practical guidance and actionable ideas for best practices in
    achieving and demonstrating pay for performance alignment

Who Should Attend
Compensation Committee Members and Senior Executives who are accountable to shareholders of corporations, senior HR and Legal executives and executive compensation directors who are accountable to senior management, compensation committees  and shareholders of public corporations

Agenda

Day One – September 30, 2014

Registration and continental breakfast 8–9 am
Welcome and introductory remarks 9–9:15 am
Greg Lau, Program Director, The Conference Board

a 9:15 –10:00am
The Current State of Executive Compensation

The current executive compensation climate in recent years has been driven by company efforts to attract and retain top talent, investor concerns regarding the relationship between pay and shareholder returns, and legislative and regulatory responses to concerns about corporate governance and the 2008-2009 financial sector meltdown. Further, the adoption of Say on Pay has resulted in an intense external focus on all of our executive compensation policies and practices. As Boards deal with each of these very real and pressing issues, we need to look at how best to design our compensation programs to support attracting and retaining the management team we need for the long term while properly motivating them to drive our business strategies successfully. The Conference will focus on dealing with the pressing issues of managing pay in an increasingly complex regulatory and disclosure environment, and will also provide ideas for the future direction of connecting pay programs to executive talent management and longer term business strategy.

Speaker:
Frank B. Glassner, Chief Executive Officer - Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, Inc. 

b 10:00–10:45am
The CEO Pay Ratio Requirement

  • What it is and how compensation committees should respond.
  • The new disclosure requirements.  The possible effect on director legal duties.
  • How companies should craft their disclosure to most effectively explain their pay ratio to shareholders and other constituents.
  • The collateral effects of the new disclosure - will lead to a reformulation of how executive pay is designed?  Will it cause a reassessment of the peer group benchmarking process?

Speakers:
Professor Charles M. Elson, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
University of Delaware
Craig K. Ferrere, Fomer Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Research Fellow
University of Delaware

10:45–11:00am - Networking refreshment break
 
c 11:00 - 11:45am
Review of 2014 Proxy Season and a Look Ahead

With the 2014 proxy season behind us, we take a look back at the substantive developments in executive pay and related corporate governance issues. We’ll examine the latest trends and hot topics that will be at the forefront of governance discussions throughout the year including CEO pay trends, Say on Pay, Realizable Pay/supplemental pay calculations, and shareholder proposals. Join an expert from Equilar as he discusses these topics and other insights found from reviews of this year’s proxies.

Speakers:
Aaron Boyd, Director, Governance Research, Equilar, Inc.
Ronald M. Schneider, Director, Corporate Governance Services, RR Donnelley

d 11:45 –12:45pm
Inside the Investors' Perspective

Your company has spent countless hours formulating your long-term strategy and identifying where to invest your limited corporate resources to increase shareholder value?  Have your efforts paid off?  Join the discussion as investors and leading industry experts share their perspectives on what is most important to them, the factors that influence their voting decisions, and what they look for in your disclosures.  Gain the insider’s perspective on what is critical to include in your proxy statements and find out the most effective way to engage directly with shareholders.

Moderator:
Joseph Yaffe, Partner, Executive Compensation and Benefits – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Speaker
 
Rob Zivnuska, Principal – CamberView Partners
Bonnie G. Hill, President - B. Hill Enterprises, LLC and Co-Founder, IconBlue
Ronald M. Schneider, Director, Corporate Governance Services, RR Donnelley

12:45–2:00pm
Networking luncheon
Leadership View from the Bridge
  
Speaker
Carol M. Pottenger, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)

f 2:00– 3:00pm
Telling your compensation story in the Proxy Statement

  • Executive summaries – What are best practices
  • Current disclosure issues in the CD&A and the compensation tables
  • The rise of supplemental pay disclosure
  • The SEC’s review of all disclosure rules including executive compensation - - what to expect
  • How your compensation disclosures impact shareholder engagement outcomes
  • Selling Say on Pay – lessons learned

Moderator:
Mark Borges, Principal – Compensia, Inc.

Speakers:
Frank B. Glassner, Chief Executive Officer – Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, Inc.
George B. Paulin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer -
Frederic W. Cook and Co, Inc.
Amy M. Wood, Partner, Compensation & Benefits Practice Group –
Cooley LLP
Craig S. Comeaux
Vice President, Secretary & Corporate Counsel
Argo Group US

g 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Ask the Experts

Moderator:
Mark Borges, Principal – Compensia, Inc.

Speakers:
Frank B. Glassner, Chief Executive Officer – Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, Inc.
George B. Paulin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer -
Frederic W. Cook and Co, Inc.
Amy M. Wood, Partner, Compensation & Benefits Practice Group –
Cooley LLP
Craig S. Comeaux
Vice President, Secretary & Corporate Counsel
Argo Group US

4:00 -4:15 pm Networking Luncheon

h 4:15–5:15pm
Aligning Pay with Performance

Boards and management continue to strive to insure their executive compensation programs are delivering value for the “right” performance.  This panel discussion will provide perspectives on how to appropriately set performance targets, insure programs are aligned with the company’s strategy and deliver value when we perform.  We will discuss how to design programs that effectively balance the need to have a strong performance orientation while being able to attract and retain talent all in the light of good governance. 

Moderator:
Scott Thurm, Senior Deputy Technology Editor – Wall Street Journal

Speaker:
Robert Barbeti. Managing Director - JP Morgan Private Bank

George B. Paulin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer -
Frederic W. Cook and Co., Inc.

Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D, Lecturer, Department of Economics and Research Associate, Institute for Compensation Studies, Cornell University 

Peter C. Nelson, Chairman of the Board
California Water Service Group


5:15 – 5:30pm
First day wrap-up

  • Summarizing what we heard
  • Identifying any issues participants would like to discuss further

5:30pm – 6:45pm
Networking Reception

Day Two – October 1, 2014

i 7.30–8:25am
Roundtable Breakfast Session
Network with other attendees and speakers

During this session, you will have the opportunity to sit at professionally facilitated discussion tables to brainstorm over breakfast on the topic of your choice, selected based upon the results of an attendee poll, taken on the first day of the conference.

8:25am
Welcome back
Greg Lau, Program Director, The Conference Board

j 8:30–9:30am
Global Equity Compensation for Executives

Best company practices and increasingly varied regulation of global equity compensation plans, are requiring more time and focus by Human Resource professionals and Compensation Committees. We will focus on how to prepare global forms of grant agreements, manage performance plans, deal with regulatory and tax issues and avoid entitlement risks when executives are located outside the United States. 

Moderator:
Valerie H. Diamond, Partner, Global Equity Services, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Speaker:
Andrew Sullivan, Senior Director, Compensation & Benefits Counsel
eBay Inc.

m 11:45 – 12:30pm

k 9:30–10:30am
Compensation Committee Best Practices 

Review what are considered best practices at today’s high performing compensation committee meetings and what is next

Moderator:
Merv Dunn, President and CEO-Merv Dunn Management & Consulting, LLC

Speaker:
Nora McCord, Managing Director, Steven Hall & Partners
Frank B. Glassner, Chief Executive Officer, Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, Inc.
Greg Lau, Managing Director, Board of Directors Practice – RSR Partners

10:30-10:45am
Networking refreshment break

l 10:45am-11:45 am
Long-Term Incentive Compensation

While short-term programs remain relatively stable, many companies are establishing unique long-term compensation programs reflective of their strategy and performance metrics. We will discuss cash vs equity programs, selecting the right mix of vehicles, what metrics may be best, longer-term vesting options and what LTI designs may be in your future.

Moderator:
Jonathan M. Ocker, Partner, Compensation & Benefits, Orrick

Speakers:
Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer – Glass Lewis

Nora McCord, Managing Director, Steven Hall & Partners

m 11:45 – 12:30pm
What Would You Like to Ask?
Panel of Compensation Consultants and Advisors

Speakers:
Frank B. Glassner, Chief Executive Officer, Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, Inc.
Jonathan M. Ocker, Partner, Compensation & Benefits, Orrick
Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer – Glass Lewis

12:15 – 12:30pm - Wrap up
Conference adjourns 12:30 pm

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