Robin Ferracone CEO Farient Advisors

Robin A. Ferracone

Chief Executive Officer


Ms. Ferracone is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farient Advisors (Farient), a compensation and performance advisory firm.  Farient helps clients make performance-enhancing and defensible decisions that are in the best interests of their shareholders.  Ms. Ferracone provides compensation and performance advisory services to public and private companies.

From March 2005 to March 2007, Ms. Ferracone was President of the Human Capital business of Mercer, a business which includes talent and compensation consulting, software, and data services globally.  Prior to that, Ms. Ferracone was Chairman of the U.S. West Region for Mercer’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, market leader and Worldwide Partner at Mercer, and President and Chairman of SCA Consulting, a firm she co-founded in 1985 and sold to Mercer in 2001.

With over 30 years of consulting experience, Ms. Ferracone has advised clients in the areas of business and talent strategies, executive compensation, organization, value management, and performance measurement.  She is the author of the book entitled, “Fair Pay Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay.”  Her work has focused on providing high-impact decision-making support and organizational solutions based on strategic and market insights.  In addition, Ms. Ferracone has authored numerous articles and has been quoted often in national publications.  She is currently a regular contributor to and Directorship Magazine.  She has been a frequent presenter for prominent organizations, such as the Council of Institutional Investors, Society for Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and The Conference Board.

Ms. Ferracone currently serves as the compensation committee chair for the Board of Directors of Trupanion, a public company, the Board of Trustees of Oaktree Capital Funds, and the Board of Directors of Enlight, a company that delivers strategically relevant, independent information to boards though an easy-to-use software application.  She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors, Committee for Economic Development, NACD, The Committee of 200, and the World Presidents’ Organization.  For the past seven years, Ms. Ferracone has been named to the NACD Directorship 100, the prestigious list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.  In 2014, Ms. Ferracone was selected as one of EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a competition that annually recognizes female entrepreneurs.

Ms. Ferracone received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar and a B.A. summa cum laude in Management Science and Economics from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She can be reached at

Spotlight on Compensation and Strategy

Recent Media Coverage

July 27, 2016

Reflections On Proxy Season 2016

As we continue our interview series, we are fortunate to have Robert (Bob) McCormick, Chief Policy Officer at Glass Lewis, participating with us. Glass Lewis is one of the leading independent providers of global governance services, and helps institutional investors understand and connect with the companies in which they invest. Each year Glass Lewis covers more than 20,000 meetings in 100 countries.

June 28, 2016

Putting The Long-Term Back Into Long-Term Incentives

There has always been tension between making long-term incentives both motivational and competitive, while at the same time aligning pay design with the longer-term interests of shareholders. Thus is the case with performance and vesting periods. Shorter periods are considered to be good for the talent (motivational and competitive), while longer periods are considered to be good for investors (alignment). The equilibrium for performance and vesting periods has seemed to settle on an average of three years – just short enough to provide line of sight and a reasonable time frame for goal-setting, and just long enough to demonstrate a track record for sustainable shareholder returns.

May 8, 2016

The Wall Street Journal -Disney Could Face Costly Search for Successor

Finding a new executive may prove complicated and costly task for Walt Disney. Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses executive pay plans designed to provide assurances that the executive will be moved up to chief executive officer in a given time period. Investors want mutual funds to get tougher on CEO pay – Reuters/Ipsos poll