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October Monthly Meeting

October 12, 2017
11:00 AM CDT to 1:15 PM CDT
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Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Current Trends in Executive Compensation (or Why Didn’t the Compensation Committee Approve What We Recommended?) 

Companies and their compensation professionals typically put a lot of time, research and thought into the executive and incentive compensation recommendations they present to their Compensation Committees. Despite those efforts, when a Committee emerges from its closed-door session they’ve often approved something different than the recommendations that went into the meeting. What happened? 

Compensation Committees face an often-difficult task: to support an organization and its leadership while also serving the interests of shareholders. Meridian will discuss several current external influences that have had increasing internal ramifications on compensation, such as:

  • Say on Pay

  • Shareholder engagement

  • Activists

  • Economic cycles (low commodity prices)


The discussion will shed light on what might have happened to the latest round of compensation recommendations and how HR departments can anticipate those outcomes.  


James K. Wolf

Managing Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners

Jim Wolf is a Managing Partner at Meridian and has over twenty-five years of experience providing consulting services to a wide variety of organizations in the areas of executive compensation, governance, performance-based pay and benefits. Jim consults directly to the compensation committee and board of directors of his client companies.

Meridian is the leading compensation advisor in the oil and gas industry. Jim leads a team of Texas-based consultants serving companies in the upstream, midstream, transportation, and distribution segments of oil and gas. Jim has served a variety of industries, working with public and private organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to recent startups. Jim has additional experience in the engineering and construction, transportation, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries.

Jim speaks frequently on compensation practices and governance strategies, including energy industry compensation and the alignment of compensation with performance in commodity-based businesses.

Jim spent eighteen years with Hewitt Associates in a variety of consulting and leadership roles, most recently as the North America Practice Leader for Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Consulting. Jim began his career working in employee benefits with Aetna Life & Casualty.

Tracy L. Glassel

Tracy Glassel has consulted for more than 17 years on executive and outside director compensation. Tracy oversees project management and analytical support for a wide variety of client organizations, with a primary focus on compensation valuation techniques and trend analysis.

Tracy has particular expertise in the energy industry and its unique compensation practices across diverse energy industry segments. Tracy developed and administers Meridian’s North America Oil & Gas Exploration and Production compensation survey, a leading source of compensation measurement in the upstream energy segment.


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Current Trends in Executive Compensation (or Why Didn’t the Compensation Committee Approve What We Recommended?)