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Dean Chaffee
Lead Consultant

Dean advises Boards and executive teams on critical issues related to executive pay and board governance. His work has included pay/performance alignment analysis, share request advisory, equity utilization analysis, governance trend studies, compensation benchmarking, and incentive program design. He has advised Boards and executive teams at a number of prominent public and private organizations, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mission driven, not-for-profit organizations. Dean is a credited author of executive compensation related research published by The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

Prior to Joining Meridian, Dean was an executive compensation consultant at Pearl Meyer & Partners where we most recently held the title of Vice President. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Dean served as a
private equity analyst for a Boston-based fund investing in family-owned / owner-operated companies across various industries. In 2017, Dean worked as an investment banking summer associate in New York City.

Dean has a MBA from the London Business School and a degree in Finance & Economics from Babson College.

Recent Insights By Dean Chaffee

Podcast Summary: How Should Compensation Decisions Be Managed During CEO Transitions?

by Dean Chaffee and Jim Heim on July 31, 2023

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The podcast episode delves into the topic of CEO succession, specifically focusing on considerations for an incumbent CEO.

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Why Incumbent CEOs Need to Plan Ahead

by Dean Chaffee on July 31, 2023


In this video, Dean Chaffee explains how it’s important for incumbent CEOs to predict their next move in advance and lay concrete plans for all elements of the process.

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