Emerging Trends in ESG and Incentives: Research Findings & Perspectives

Join Semler Brossy’s Managing Directors, Kathryn Neel, and John Borneman, along with April Hall, Managing Editor of Directors & Boards magazine as they address emerging trends in ESG and incentives, and reveal new insights from a recent study of ESG and incentives for F200 companies.


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Demands on modern corporations are changing. Boards must navigate shareholder, employee and broad-stakeholder expectations. Yet, translating these new demands into governance and compensation actions remains challenging, particularly in a time of uncertainty.
  • Why is shareholder interest in ESG growing and does it still matter in the current environment?
  • How does ESG tie into incentive compensation and what are companies doing with pay?
  • What is the prevalence of ESG metrics across industries?
  • How prominent are ESG metrics in short- and long-term incentive plans?
Join Semler Brossy’s Managing Directors, Kathryn Neel, and John Borneman, along with April Hall, Managing Editor of Directors & Boards magazine as they address these important questions and reveal new insights from a recent study of ESG and incentives for F200 companies.




Kathryn Neel

Managing Director, Semler Brossy

Kathryn Neel is a Managing Director with Semler Brossy Consulting Group and leads the firm’s New York office. For over a decade, she has served as an advisor to Board compensation committees and senior management teams on executive and non-employee director pay. Kathryn partners with clients to develop effective compensation programs that support the company’s strategic and human resources objectives and align with long-term interests of the company and its shareholders. Kathryn’s experience extends across a wide range of industries from consumer products to financial services, as well as both public and privately held companies. Kathryn is an active participant in industry forums and publications, including Corporate Board Member, Directors & Boards, Directorship, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and World at Work. She has previous work experience as a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP.


John Borneman

Managing Director, Semler Brossy

John Borneman has been an executive compensation advisor for over 20 years, with broad experience consulting to boards of directors and senior management on a wide range of compensation issues. John has extensive experience working with privately-held as well as publicly-traded businesses, including particularly businesses in transition (M&A, IPO, spinoffs, turnarounds, leadership changes, etc.).  He has experience across a range of issues and industries, including healthcare, real estate, and manufacturing and his clients range in size from Fortune 500 enterprises to small- and mid-sized companies.  John is a thought leader in the area of performance measurement and helping clients manage the pay-for-performance relationship. He is a frequent speaker at events such as the Equilar Conference on Executive Compensation and the NASDAQ Compensation Committee Forum. He is also a lecturer for the WorldatWork Faculty, teaching Executive Compensation and Business Acumen for HR Professionals. John is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP).



April Hall

Managing Editor, Directors & Boards

April Hall is digital director for MLR Media and managing editor of Directors & Boards and Private Company Director. She is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience with daily newspapers, magazines and radio.

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