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Trends & Updates in Executive Compensation

  • 29 Aug 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Trends & Updates in Executive Compensation

Live Webinar

NEW: Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

FREE for OCCABA members.

August 29, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

The topics that will be discussed include: 

  • Regulatory Review, including updates on Proxy Advisory Firm (ISS and Glass Lewis) policies, Dodd-Frank, Disclosure rules, Tax reform and Perquisites.
  • Executive compensation trends, including some findings related to pay and executive incentive practices from Pearl Meyer’s 2019 “On Point: Looking Ahead to Executive Pay Practices Survey”. 
  • Hot topics in compensation, including Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) Issues, Gender pay gap and equity, CEO pay ratio and succession planning. 
  • Non-Employee Director compensation trends and issues, including findings from our Pearl Meyer/NACD Director Compensation Report.

Our presenters for this webinar will be:

 Deborah Lifshey

Managing Director – New York Office for Pearl Meyer

“I help the firm’s clients approach executive compensation from the legal and technical perspective. As they strive to go beyond a check-the-box exercise and instead develop pay plans that align with their business and leadership strategies, there is still a devil lurking in the details. My Technical Services Team helps clients ensure they are making sound decisions relative to contracts, securities disclosure, taxation, and overall sound corporate governance practices.”


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.


  • Legal
  • Securities Compliance
  • Tax
  • Employment Agreements
  • Negotiating


BSILR, Cornell University

JD, University of Florida School of Law


Member of New York and Florida Bar

 Lianne Richardson

Principal – New York Office for Pearl Meyer

“I work with clients across a broad range of industries. With each engagement, my goal is to help the compensation committees and senior management teams carefully calibrate their business goals and their pay programs in a way that leads to long-term value creation for the organization.”


Lianne Richardson, a principal in the New York office, joined the firm in 2002. With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Richardson specializes in providing compensation consulting services to public and privately-held clients, including compensation market benchmarking, proxy analysis, incentive plan design, executive compensation strategy and philosophy development, and non-employee director compensation. She has worked with clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, medical device, energy/utility, aerospace/defense, hospitality, insurance and banking sectors.

Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Ms. Richardson was a consultant with Arthur Andersen, where she was a member of both the compensation strategy and equity incentives and the retirement, actuarial, and benefits practice groups. Ms. Richardson holds a BA in Psychology with a specialization in Business Administration and a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


  • Executive Compensation
  • Board of Director Compensation
  • Peer Group Development
  • Market Pay and Benchmarking Studies
  • Annual and LTI Plan Design
  • Proxy Disclosure
  • Financial Performance Measurement and Goal-Setting


BA, University of California, Los Angeles


Certified Executive Compensation Professional

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