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What You Need to Know for Proxy Season 2019

Dear Friend,

In this month’s Comp & Gov Spotlight, we focus on the trends and policy changes your company needs to be aware of for proxy season 2019. As 2018 draws to a close, Farient helps you understand and prepare for what to expect in corporate governance in the coming year.


John Trentacoste


Hot Off The Press From Farient


The Seven “Deadly Sins” for Compensation Committee Agendas in 2019

In the spirit of the coming holiday season, Farient has developed a list of the “seven deadly sins” companies should avoid to stay off the “naughty list” this coming proxy season.



Gauging the New Normal of Total “Stakeholder” Return

In a discussion with Phyllis J. Campbell, who serves on the board of Alaska Air Group and on the advisory board for diversity at Toyota North America, John Trentacoste explores the most pressing issues in executive pay. These include the war for talent, increasing scrutiny of boards by shareholders and preparing for new executive roles such as chief data officer.

Interesting Articles on Preparing for Proxy Season 2019

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Getting in Gear for the 2019 Proxy Season

This article highlights three topics – the CEO Pay Ratio, “Smaller Reporting Company” designation and the impact of the Tax Cuts and Job Act on disclosure of executive compensation – that should be on your radar as you head into the New Year.


ISS 2019 Policy Updates May Affect Board Gender Diversity and Pay-for- Performance Methodology

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has published a preview of policy updates for the 2019 proxy season. Given ISS’ status as a bellwether for key shareholder issues, understanding these policy changes is essential.

Upcoming Events


KPMG Board Leadership Conference

Farient COO John Trentacoste will be speaking at the KPMG Board Leadership Conference on the panel, "Hot Topics for the Compensation Committee in 2019."  The event brings together seasoned directors, governance professionals and business leaders to explore the governance challenges and priorities driving board agendas in the year ahead.


Meet John Trentacoste

John Trentacoste is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Farient Advisors, working closely with client management teams and Compensation Committees to develop cutting-edge compensation and governance strategies that support organizational strategy and drive long-term value creation. He has also been quoted in various publications, including Agenda, Bloomberg, Compliance Week, Reuters, and The Washington Post among others.

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Farient Advisors LLC is an independent executive compensation, performance, and corporate governance consultancy. Farient provides a comprehensive array of services to boards of directors and management including: compensation program design, goal setting and performance measurement, pay and performance alignment, board of directors compensation, and shareholder communication among others. Farient has offices in Los Angeles and New York and covers clients in more than 30 countries through our partnership in the Global Governance Executive Compensation Group (GECN).

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