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Jim Heim

Jim has been a trusted adviser to Boards and their senior management teams on all aspects of executive compensation and director compensation issues for over twenty years. His clients range from Fortune 500 firms to pre-IPO start-ups and represent multiple industries, with a focus on technology and life sciences sectors.

Over his career, Jim has participated in more than 800 compensation committee meetings while advising over a hundred clients on topics including:

  • Pay Governance
  • Incentive Plan Design
  • Pay-for-Performance Alignment
  • Compensation Benchmarking
  • Proxy Analysis
  • Special Compensation Programs for IPO and M&A Transactions
  • Severance and Change-in-Control Benefits
  • Equity Pool Approvals
  • Shareholder Outreach and Say-on-Pay Vote Optimization
  • Tailoring Pay for Business Stage

Jim regularly writes and presents on executive compensation topics for organizations such as the NACD (has conducted Compensation Committee Chair Training session for the NACD’s Advanced Director Professionalism course and also participated in “Ask the Expert” panels), American College of Corporate Directors, Corporate Board Member (including conducting Compensation Committee workshops) and WorldatWork, and is also a former faculty member of WorldatWork, serving as course instructor for “Principles of Executive Rewards”.

Prior to joining Meridian, Jim most recently served as a Managing Director and Partner at Pearl Meyer & Partners. In addition to his consulting experience, he has worked in the corporate human resources departments of EMC Corporation, The Gillette Company and One Beacon Insurance.

Jim received his M.B.A. (human resources management concentration) and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and has also earned designations as a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Equity Professional.

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