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 80 associates in ten offices in the US and Canada, Meridian provides top management, boards and compensation committees at 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. We are unique in our ability to provide a full array of services and capabilities and develop long-tenured, board-level consulting relationships to over 600 major publicly traded and privately held corporations. We serve companies across all industries, and have particular expertise in industry sectors with unique labor markets, business metrics, and compensation practices. We guide clients through challenging issues and bring each relationship an independent perspective, expertise, knowledge, and deep resources.
Saxton & Stump is a full-service law firm serving businesses by providing legal and consulting services. The firm’s professionals apply strategic solutions and provide problem-solving support to help clients navigate legal issues and thrive in an increasingly complex world.
Saxton & Stump’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group advises clients including for-profit and non-profit, closely-held and publicly-traded organizations with respect to complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Our attorneys work closely with clients to understand their unique business needs and provide practical solutions to attract and retain top talent.
Jim has over 16 years of experience in executive compensation consulting. He provides guidance to Compensation Committees, Boards of Directors, and management teams regarding executive and outside director compensation program design. His areas of expertise include:
- Aligning compensation programs with business and strategic objectives
- Assessing pay and performance relationships
- Designing incentive plan mechanics
- Reviewing competitive pay practices and policies
- Analyzing the impact of emerging pay trends
- Developing peer groups for compensation and performance comparisons
He has worked with organizations with revenues from $100 million – $100+ billion. Jim’s specific industry experience includes retail, chemicals, technology, manufacturing, hospitality/gaming, and financial services. His primary role with clients is to lead engagements with the Compensation Committee or Senior Management in addressing the organization’s most critical compensation design issues.
Jim is a member of the NACD chapter in Philadelphia and a frequent speaker at various executive pay related forums. Jim received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah K. Ivy is a shareholder and chair of Saxton & Stump’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. Sarah has more than 20 years of experience advising employers and other employee benefits plan sponsors on all employee benefit and executive compensation plan issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
As part of her practice, Sarah regularly counsels employers and plan sponsors on retirement plan, health and welfare benefit plan and executive compensation arrangements. She also routinely advises clients being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL). Further, Sarah works with transaction lawyers to identify and resolve employee benefits and executive compensation legal issues arising in all forms of business transactions (including mergers and acquisitions).