John is a recognized leader in corporate governance and executive compensation, and has written and spoken extensively on topics including board structure, boardroom and workforce diversity, executive compensation metrics and goals, governance ratings, risk metrics and management, and compensation plans.
Prior to joining Joele Frank, John served as Head of ISS Analytics at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), where he led the company’s data & intelligence arm and oversaw quantitative methodologies, thought leadership, and data products. Prior to ISS, John served as Chief Operating Officer of a registered investment advisor.
He has advised companies on executive and director compensation programs, including disclosure, pay magnitude and mix decisions, peer group creation, performance metric selection, performance goal setting, and clawback provisions and triggers. He has also advised institutional investors on their customized pay and performance analysis methodologies and helped them implement customized viewpoints that drive proxy voting decisions. He has worked with companies that are facing compensation-related issues associated with shareholder activism events.
He is a thought leader across many avenues of corporate governance, including board structures and practices, the allocation of rights among management, the board, and shareholders, and installing appropriate risk management functions at the board level. He has assisted companies in developing strategies to address board diversity, director election standards, shareholder proposal responses, emerging governance topics, and more. He has also worked directly with institutional investors to understand their corporate governance concerns and how they use governance data and ratings products.
An advocate for appropriate and effective shareholder engagement, John has coached companies on how to improve their engagement program, including identifying appropriate shareholders, engaging effectively with proxy advisers, tailoring messages to individual investors, and disclosing engagement activities in a compelling way.
John holds an MBA from Rice University (Jones Scholar), a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, and attended the United States Naval Academy.