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Ohio Chapter Meeting – July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Ernst & Young LLP
950 Main Avenue, Suite 1800
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Trends in Relative TSR and Roundtable Discussion on Section 162(m)

Speaker Information

Ben Burney, Senior Advisor, Exequity LLP

  • Ben is a senior advisor with Exequity in Libertyville, Illinois. Ben’s consulting activities involve all facets of executive and director compensation ranging from peer group design and constructing new incentive plans, to assisting companies through the IPO process and CEO contract negotiations. Ben’s clients include companies ranging from multinationals to privately held companies, start-ups, and non-profits in a variety of industries including hospitality, chemicals, and manufacturing, among others.
  • An expert in statistical analysis, Ben leads Exequity’s advanced analytics (including Monte Carlo simulations) and research capabilities. Ben’s research into relative performance outcomes led to the development of Market Analytics, a proprietary analysis Exequity’s clients use to assess and develop peer groups.
  • Ben co-authored the chapter on long-term incentives for the 6th edition of The Compensation Handbook, published in May 2015, and authored several Client Briefings for Exequity covering pay-for-performance, relative TSR prevalence and design, the CEO pay ratio, and others forthcoming. Ben’s research into relative featured in Agenda, a Financial Times publication and Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
  • Prior to joining Exequity, Ben was an executive compensation consultant at Hewitt Associates. Ben has four years of experience in financial services, working at a private equity firm and in executive search, specializing in recruiting investment bankers and private equity professionals.
  • Ben received an M.B.A. from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formerly a freelance musician in New York, Ben received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory.

Event Details

Trends in Relative TSR, presented by Ben Burney of Exequity:
Ben will discuss the results of Exequity’s latest study on how S&P 500 companies use relative total shareholder return in long-term incentive plans. While, adoption of new RTSR plans has slowed in recent years, it nonetheless continues to slowly increase in prevalence as companies and compensation committees seek to adjust compensation programs to comply with evolving norms or respond to dissatisfied shareholders.
Roundtable Discussion on Section 162(m), presented by Jason French and Tulsi Karamchandani of Ernst & Young:
Jason and Tulsi will lead a discussion of recent changes to, and guidance under, Section 162(m) of the tax code.

Lunch will be provided.

Detailed Schedule:
  • 10:30 to 11:00:  Check-in and networking
  • 11:00 to 11:30:  Roundtable Discussion on Section 162(m)
  • 11:30 to 12:30:  Trends in Relative TSR
  • 12:30 to 1:00: Lunch and networking

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