The prestigious Pioneer Award is awarded each year to an individual that has demonstrated energetic and unflagging dedication to the development and ensured success of GEO.

The award is designed to recognize prolonged service to the employee share ownership industry and to acknowledge those that act as an ambassador for GEO throughout their daily activities.




    The winner of the prestigious 2023 GEO Pioneer award is Sandra Sussman. Recognized for her prolonged contributions to the employee share ownership industry and for being an ambassador for GEO in their daily activities.

    Sandra is a former board member and an active contributor to GEO's Bootcamp learning program for a number of years. Sandra is also a Fellow of Global Equity and a member of the Issuer Council, a key link for GEO to corporate issuer member needs and priorities. Additionally, she serves as a sponsor spokesperson for the Global Equity Insights Survey, demonstrating her commitment to the industry and the wider community.

    Sussman's dedication to educating and promoting employee share ownership has had a ripple effect throughout the industry and has helped to raise awareness and drive change.

    Sandra’s contributions to the industry will undoubtedly continue to make a lasting impact for years to come.


  • Sean Trotman, FGE

    Sean Trotman

    Sean Trotman is one of GEO's longest standing members, creating a legacy of consistent, strong support of GEO for than 20 years. His contributions during this time include serving on the GEO Board of Directors for 12 years.

    During his Board service, Sean led the Speaker Selection Committee for several terms and was an active member of the Marketing and Finance Committees. While on the Board, Sean was an active proponent of GEO going to market with thought leadership pieces under its own brand as a way to differentiate the organization further from other industry organizations.

    Sean Trotman is a Partner in the Global Rewards practice of Deloitte Tax LLP, with more than 25 years of global tax, mobility and equity compensation experience.

    Sean was born and raised in England and earned his Bachelor's degree in International Business and French from Aston University. Post graduation, he qualified with the Association of Taxation Technicians in the United Kingdom. Sean has also studied at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Rouen, France and is fluent in French.

    Sean has lived in the United States for the last 20 years.

  • Jay Foley

    Jay Foley

    GEO's 2020 Pioneer Award Winner, Jay Foley, is truly a pioneer supporter of GEO, having been actively engaged with GEO since its inception and an attendee to all 22 of GEO's Annual Conferences, as well as an active supporter through the local New York and London GEO Chapters.

    Jay served as a member of GEO's Board of Directors for more than 11 years and, during this period, he held multiple Chair roles, including serving as GEO's Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Strategic Expansion Committee, helping ensure GEO's long-term financial viability and driving GEO's expansion to new markets where support for equity compensation expertise is needed.

    During his tenure on the GEO Board, Jay served the organization with spirited dedication, focused on what he personally could do to support the GEO community with additional forms of training and education for share plan professionals and ensuring that GEO remained positioned to build upon its successful conferences around the world.

    Through his involvement with GEO, Jay is directly credited with identifying alternative revenue opportunities which have been critical to GEO's ongoing, long-term success.

    Jay Foley is Managing Director and Head of Plan Managers for UK and Europe with Computershare, based in London. Jay has been involved with Equity Plan Administration services for more than 20 years.


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