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Susan O’Donnell | Partner

Susan O’Donnell, Partner

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Paragon Towers
233 Needham Street
Suite 300
Newton, MA 02464
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  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College
  • M.B.A., Babson College

Susan has over 25 years’ experience advising Boards and management on all aspects of executive and board compensation and governance. Susan helps develop total compensation programs that support each client’s business strategy and desired philosophy while balancing market, shareholder and regulatory perspectives. Specific areas of focus today include annual and long-term incentive plan design with appropriate risk features, pay-for-performance alignment, executive reward and retention strategies, board compensation, committee governance, succession planning and shareholder/proxy disclosure. Susan has also served as an expert witness for executive compensation matters.

Susan has spent the last 15 years dedicated to serving the financial services industry and leads Meridian’s Financial Services/Banking Team. She advises clients on the many continued compensation regulations and practices affecting the industry.

Susan is an experienced speaker and writer on the topics of executive, director, corporate governance, pay for performance and succession planning. She is an active speaker at national and industry conferences (e.g. American Banker, Bank Director, Equilar, NACD) and has published numerous articles and white papers on the topics related to best practices, regulations and emerging trends. She has also provided comment letters to regulators related to Dodd Frank. Susan has been a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) with WorldatWork for over 25 years.

Recent Articles/Videos Featuring Susan:

Bank Director Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on Executive Compensation Programs - https://www.meridiancp.com/bank-director-webinar-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-executive-compensation-programs/

Banking Industry Incentive Practices - https://www.meridiancp.com/banking-industry-incentive-practices/

Banking Industry Response to COVID-19 - https://www.meridiancp.com/banking-industry-response-to-covid-19/

Executive Compensation in the Banking Industry - https://www.meridiancp.com/executive-compensation-in-the-banking-industry-2/

Pay Trends in the Financial Services Industry - https://www.meridiancp.com/pay-trends-in-the-financial-services-industry/

Setting Goals to Incent High Performance - https://www.meridiancp.com/setting-goals-to-incent-high-performance/

Addressing Compensation Issues in M&A - https://www.meridiancp.com/addressing-compensation-issues-ma/