SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

Forum for Corporate Directors

Forum for Corporate Directors

October 05, 2010 20:20 ET

The Forum for Corporate Directors and Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics to Co-Host Inaugural Executive Compensation Conference

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) -  The Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD) is co-hosting with the Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics on Tuesday, October12, 2010, an inaugural Executive Compensation Conference aimed at preparing senior executives and boards of directors, including compensation committee members, for the 2011 proxy season.

According to John Della Grotta, a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, and the chair of FCD, with the recent passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, decision making related to compensation for executives is increasingly complex with substantially more regulatory requirements. The FCD and the Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics are joining together to host a nationally-recognized panel of experts to prepare boards of directors, C-level executives and other senior boardroom advisors to effectively set executive compensation, which is among the most important issues they face for the 2011 proxy season.

Della Grotta said, "Among the issues the distinguished panel that we have assembled will address are: 1) developing a sound rationale for compensating a company's senior executives, 2) strategies for gaining shareholder support for executive compensation proposals, and 3) ensuring that the executive compensation decision-making process complies with the new regulations. In addition, a unique feature of this conference is the opportunity participants will have to confidentially submit hypothetical questions related to compensation for members of the panel to address."

Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics added that "Executive compensation issues lie at the heart of management incentives and thus directly affect a firm's performance. How the compensation is structured has become one of the key issues following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act. This conference will help explore its regulatory as well as strategic aspects."

The panelists for the conference to be held from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Boulevard in Newport Beach, California are:

  • Ben Frydman, Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth

  • Don Nemerov, Grant Thorton LLP

  • Scott Olsen, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Michael Reznick, Frederic W. Cook & Co.

  • Jeff Walbridge, O'Melveny and Myers LLP.

Topics to be addressed by the panelists include:

  • Say-on-pay, say-when-on-pay, and other proxy issues

  • Impact on compensation governance and disclosures

  • Influence of institutional shareholders and ISS

  • Ensuring that performance metrics are aligned with pay-for-performance

  • Advantages/disadvantages of various performance-based plans

  • Assessing risks and competitiveness in compensation plan structures

  • Directors' compensation issues.

Registration for the conference may be made online at

About the Forum for Corporate Directors

Founded in 1991, the Forum for Corporate Directors is a non-profit business organization committed to increasing the effectiveness of directors, CEOs and senior level executives by anticipating important issues facing companies in today's global economy and presenting peer-to-peer forums to share ideas and key strategies. FCD members include many of Southern California's top business and corporate leaders. Corporate members include Abbott Medical Optics; Alacer Corp.; American Vanguard Corporation; California State University Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business & Economics; Conexant Systems, Inc; DDi Corp.; Emulex Corporation; George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University;; MFLEX; Microsemi Corporation; Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.; National Technical Systems; Newport Corporation; Powerwave Technologies; QLogic Corporation; Quality Systems Inc.; RealtyTrac, Inc.; SRS Labs, Inc.; and The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

The mission of FCD is generously supported by its Sponsors: Leadership Sponsors: RiechesBaird and Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth*; Legacy Sponsors: Grant Thornton LLP, KPMG LLP, Microsemi Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Heritage Sponsors: Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP*, Latham & Watkins, PaulHastings and Union Bank; Sustaining Sponsors: Abbott Medical Optics Inc., BDO Seidman, LLP, Haskell & White LLP, and The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine; Supporting Sponsors: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Duff & Phelps, LLC, Emulex Corporation, Houlihan Lokey, Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC, Marketwire, The Orange County Register, RSM McGladrey, Inc., and Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

*Founding Sponsor

About Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton

Located in one of the most vibrant business communities in the United States, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is a nationally recognized and accredited business school. Mihaylo provides a world-class business education, offering graduate and undergraduate programs that integrate classroom education with the best business practices, technology, award-winning research, functional applications and real-world experience. Mihaylo is the largest business college in California and the fourth largest in the United States, and is among just five percent of business schools worldwide to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the premier accrediting body for schools of business.

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