Meridian Compensation Partners has a singular focus: to provide the most effective solutions and independent advice in executive compensation and corporate governance consulting. With over 70 associates in ten offices in the US and Canada, Meridian provides top management, boards and compensation committees at over 600 public and private corporations with core services that include board level advisory services, compensation program design, research and competitive market intelligence on executive pay and governance matters.
CAP is a leading independent consulting firm specializing in executive and director compensation and related corporate governance matters. Our consultants have served as independent adviser to Boards and senior management at many leading companies in the areas of compensation strategy, program design and in promoting sound corporate governance principles.
Hawkins Parnell & Young is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states. As national leaders in their fields of expertise, their ESOP, Employee Benefits, M&A, Tax & ERISA group brings extraordinary depth in perspective when advising clients in connection with retirement plans, equity incentives, executive compensation, shareholder issues, fiduciaries, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and benefits litigation throughout the country.
Stephen F. O’Byrne is President and co-founder of Shareholder Value Advisors Inc., a consulting firm that helps companies increase shareholder value through better performance measurement, incentive compensation and valuation analysis. His work on measuring the strength and cost-efficiency of top management incentives has been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Investing, Conference Board Director Notes, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and the WorldatWork Journal. He is the co-author, with Professor David Young of INSEAD, of EVA and Value-Based Management. He was previously head of the compensation consulting practice at Stern Stewart & Co. and a Principal in the executive compensation practice at Towers Perrin.
Mr. Heim has been a trusted advisor to Boards and their senior management teams on all aspects of executive compensation and director compensation issues since 2004. He leads engagements for clients ranging from Fortune 500 firms to pre-IPO start-ups across multiple industries, including technology, biotech, aerospace & defense and industrial manufacturing. Specific areas of focus include pay governance, incentive plan design, pay-for-performance alignment, compensation benchmarking, proxy analysis and special compensation programs for IPO and M&A transactions.
Prior to transitioning to the consulting field, Mr. Heim worked in the corporate human resources departments of EMC Corporation, The Gillette Company and One Beacon Insurance. He regularly writes and presents on executive compensation topics for organizations such as the NACD, American College of Corporate Directors, and WorldatWork, and is also a former faculty member of WorldatWork, serving as course instructor for “Principles of Executive Rewards”.
Lauren Peek is a Principal at Compensation Advisory Partners LLC (CAP). She has over 15 years of experience advising on executive compensation strategy development, evaluating the pay and performance relationship, annual and long-term incentive plan design and corporate governance issues. Lauren advises Compensation Committees and senior management for both public and privately-held organizations with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and consumer products industries.
Rachel Markun advises clients regarding the corporate, tax and fiduciary issues relating to ESOPs and employee benefit plans. She has represented plan fiduciaries, employers and financial institutions in connection with legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, the federal securities laws, and the California tax laws. She has extensive tax expertise relating to tax-exempt entities including matters involving unrelated business tax issues and all aspects of retirement plan qualification issues. She represents retirement plan corporate sponsors in a variety of matters, including Internal Revenue Service audits and U.S. Department of Labor investigations.