March 23, 2022

From Best to Worst: ‘Madam Chair’ CEO Alicia Syrett and Farient CEO Robin Ferracone Talk Comp Committee Landscape

In the following interview, I dialogue with esteemed investor and experienced public company board chair Alicia Syrett. She is the CEO of the early-stage investment vehicle Pantegrion Capital (its name is a combination of passion and integrity). She is also the founder of Madam Chair, a collaborative group of 70+ female chairs of publicly traded companies across industries and market capitalizations. The group shares recommendations and connects its members with one another to support their respective leadership activities, and many members also serve as compensation committee chair in addition to their roles as board chair. In 2021, Alicia was named independent chair of Digimarc, a publicly traded technology company (Nasdaq: DMRC). In this Q&A, we discuss a variety of topics that boards in general and compensation committees in particular should consider amid rapid changes in corporate governance spurred by expanding stakeholder expectations for board oversight. Here are excerpts from our conversation. 

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March 18, 2022

Governance Matters – Taking a Successful Approach to Executive Pay in M&A

With 2022 shaping up to be a boom year for M&A, boards need to make sure they are paying attention to an often neglected but make-or-break part of the dealmaking process: compensation. In episode 7 of Corporate Secretary’s “Governance Matters” podcast, Farient Founder and CEO Robin Ferracone speaks with host Jeff Cosette about how boards should best approach strategies for including executive pay as part of an M&A and engaging in productive discussions around it. Particularly in areas such as DE&I, shareholders expect that the work to promote equity and inclusion aligns with the executive pay being set.

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September 8, 2020

Leading Minds of Compensation – Robin Ferracone on Dodd-Frank

Dodd-Frank is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being signed into law. Robin Ferracone, founder and CEO of Farient Advisors, sat down with Chris Clark of the NACD Directorship to discuss what the legislation has accomplished, what it hasn’t yet achieved, and how it impacts executive compensation.

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June 18, 2019

Agenda – ‘Rare’ Bonuses Could Draw Pay Rebuke

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez

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June 11, 2019

Fortune – Remember Options Backdating? Nissan Gets Caught Using a Very Old CEO Pay Trick

By Erik Sherman

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