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Donald Kalfen

Donald has thirty years of professional experience, including over 25 years advising client’s on a broad range of technical, regulatory and corporate governance matters effecting the design, implementation and administration of executive compensation arrangements. These include accounting standards, tax rules, proxy disclosure requirements, securities exchange listing standards, governance standards and proxy voting guidelines of major institutional shareholders and their advisers, like ISS and Glass Lewis. He advises clients on design issues relating to short-term and long-term incentive plans, severance arrangements, change-in-control agreements, deferred compensation plans, and employment agreements. He serves public companies across all industries and of all sizes.

Donald has been published in many publications and involved in numerous speaking engagements including:

  • Presenter, Developments in Change in Control Severance Practices, NYSE Governance Series, 2015.
  • Donald G. Kalfen and Susan O’Donnell, What the CEO Pay Ratio Means for America’s Community Banks, American Banker, 2015.
  • Webcast Presenter, CEO Pay Ratio – Finding the Median Employee, NYSE Governance Series, 2015.
  • Panelist, The Dodd-Frank Act and Unprecedented Insider Accountability, Seminar jointly sponsored by Morgan Lewis and Meridian, 2015.
  • Donald Kalfen and Bob Romanchek, Grants for New Hires – Saving Shares, NACD, 2016.
  • Donald G. Kalfen, CEO Pay Ratio, Nasdaq Webpage, 2016.
  • Pay Ratio, KnowledgeGroup Webinar, 2017.
  • Pay Ratio panel discussion, Society for Corporate Governance (Chicago Chapter), 2017.
  • Donald Kalfen, CEO Pay Ratio: The Disclosure That Simply Will Not Fade Away, NACD, 2017

He has a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a Juris Doctor (with high honors) from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Donald is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Recent Insights By Donald Kalfen

Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC Releases 2020 Comprehensive Study on Executive Change-in-Control Arrangements

by Donald Kalfen on December 22, 2020


This is only a summary of the full 2020 Study of Executive Change-in-Control Arrangements. To obtain the full report, please contact Jodi Herzberg.

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