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The Compensation Committee, and Compensation as a Strategic Tool

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Among the key responsibilities of board members is the compensation of executives, during the recruiting process and then in evaluating and rewarding performance.  The oversight of compensation by boards has developed significantly, with compensation committees often engaging independent advisors to assist them in this important role of the board.  Our panel of experts will discuss how compensation committees can employ “best practices” in fulfillment of this important board responsibility, and will also discuss the sometimes sensitive topic of board compensation.



Howard Brod Brownstein , Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler , Jane Park

Date & Time

May 11, 2023
12:00 PM

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About the Speakers

Howard Brod Brownstein

President, The Brownstein Corporation; Director, P&F Industries (NasdaqGS: PFIN), Merakey, NACD Philadelphia Chapter

Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. 

Ms. Lawler joined ITW in October 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources, and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company). Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice.  

Ms. Lawler currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago and the Board of Trustees for the Shedd Aquarium.

Ms. Lawler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

Jane Park

Managing Director at Pearl Meyer

Jane Park, principal in the New York office, joined Pearl Meyer in 2005. With more than 10 years of experience, Jane advises public and privately-held clients on executive and non-employee director compensation issues. Her work is focused on pay governance, incentive plan design, pay-for-performance alignment, compensation benchmarking, proxy analysis, and special programs for IPO and M&A transactions. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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