Equilar's Executive Compensation Summit, an interview with David Chun, CEO and Founder

Posted by Dan / on 03/30/2010 / 0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to speak to David Chun, CEO and Founder of Equilar about their 2010 Executive Compensation Summit. I asked David to provide a little information for ECE members and potential attendees.


David, can you give me the basics?  How long has Equilar been hosting an annual event?  What drove your decision to conclude the industry could use another conference?

This is our second year of hosting our executive compensation client event. Our clients were the biggest influence in us deciding to do a conference. They called on us, as an independent body, to bring together the various experts of executive compensation. So, what started out as two small regional events has turned into one larger national.

When and where will this years event be held?

Appropriately, we’ll host this year’s in Washington, D.C. on June 15 and 16. We thought with all the government engagement in the field, from TARP to new SEC regulations, what better place than in their backyard.


Tell me a bit about the speakers.  Are they people I would or should know?

On day one alone, we have more than 25 of the “who’s who” in executive compensation: the heads of the largest pay advisors, media, issuers, academics, and policymakers. There’s too many to name. Those interested should check out the speakers list.

Something new we are doing is a pair of focused programs on day two. For senior professionals, we have industry and topical roundtables that are lead by experts from companies that include Staples, Walmart, Texas Instruments, Proctor & Gamble, Allstate, and many more.  For future exec-comp leaders, we’ve partnered with WorldatWork to present a forum on the “Practitioner’s Perspective,” led by Verizon, Intel, Hartford, and Pfizer executives.

Who is the typical attendee for the Summit?

Since we’ve grown the program to embrace elements for both senior and mid-level practitioners, we’ll have both executive and manager-level attendees. It’s going to be a fantastic place to network and learn.

Can you tell me a little about the format?  How is this event different than other industry events? What types of programs can an attendee expect?  What types of networking opportunities?

The format is a big update and a result of direct feedback from our Client Advisory Board.  It’s intended to facilitate tremendous networking, in both large and intimate settings. On day one, the general session will take on the biggest issues, and we’ll have ample networking breaks and an entertaining evening event. On day two, we’re taking networking to another level with smaller industry roundtables, led by chairs from key companies in those industries. We will then break into topical discussions in the afternoon. This format ensures that there are many opportunities not only to meet peers, but also to get answers to difficult questions from a variety of platforms.


We also carved out an Education Track, focused on building hands-on product skills in the morning. In the afternoon, we’ll have a WorldatWork forum, to hear directly from exec comp leaders about career progression, preparing for board meetings, and improving executive communications.

I read on your website that there will be Roundtable Sessions lead by practitioners from well-known corporate issuers.  Can you provide details on these?  Who is leading the forums?  Who can participate?

Besides the details above, I can tell you that the roundtables are really focused on bringing the senior leaders in companies together. Typical participants will be Director-level or above. We do, however, only allow Equilar clients to participate in the roundtables. We have a list of the chairs on our site and the industries this year include Retail, Industrial Manufacturing, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, Energy and Insurance.  They are all very impressive organizations.  We’re also very grateful to have roundtable co-chairs from leading consultants, including Hay Group, Exequity, Pearl Meyer, Semler Brossy, Farient Advisors, Mercer, and Compensation Advisory Partners. So, you’ve got two pros from the issuers, teamed with an expert consultant, on each roundtable.

Is the event just about issue updates, or will there be providers with solutions?

We will have an exhibit floor for attendees interact with a variety of solution providers and we also encourage plenty of dialogue during both days of the conference.

How much does it cost to attend?

We have a few options. One-day admission is $1,795 and two-day admission is $2,795. Equilar clients receive a significant discount: $995 for one day and $1,795 for two days. We are also running a Spring Break special through mid-April, which takes $200 off any of those prices.

If someone wants more information, what is the best resource?

Visit the Summit website at www.equilar.com/summit2010

Lastly, if someone wants to register, what should they do next?

Register now and take advantage of the Spring Break special (through mid-April)


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