GEO's 2019 Annual Conference | Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

GEO's 20th Annual Conference

Prepare for Tomorrow's Global Challenges


GEO's 20th Annual Conference was specifically designed with a focus on the hottest issues in global share plans and executive compensation and boasted a world-class keynote line-up and more than 50 unique breakout sessions delivered by international experts. The 2019 event featured a tailored agenda that addressed specific concerns and issues directly affecting GEO’s members, focusing in the areas of long–term incentives, share plan design, accounting, tax, legal, regulatory compliance, plan communications and administration.



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GEO's 2019 Annual Conference

Why Should You Attend?

As you make your plans to attend GEO's next Annual Conference, remember what makes GEO events different and better...

  • Industry experts with timely information you can use now
  • Venues that are more intimate and put all attendees in close proximity
  • More senior level professionals and decision makers in attendance
  • Facilitated networking opportunities to support your career development
  • Opportunity to build visibility as an industry expert and speaker
  • Inclusive social events where all registrants are invited to evening activities
  • An atmosphere that is relaxed and welcoming
  • A highly efficient way to meet and learn from peers around the globe

Who Attends?

As "your global community with global connections," GEO Conferences attract delegates from around the world. Attendees include employees of public and private companies who offer share plans and equity compensation as part of their company’s remuneration and serve in the roles of analyst, manager, senior manager, director, senior director, vice president and various other executive level positions in functions such as human resources, accounting, finance, tax and stock plan administration. The delegate population also includes employees and management of the top companies providing services to companies who offer share plans.

Annual Conference Statistics


Attendees hail from all corners of the globe.

In 2018, delegates represented 21 countries. The overall country mix of attendees varies depending on event location. On average when the event is hosted in Europe approximately 65-70% of the attendees come from Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia, and 30-35% are from North America.

Conference Statistics


The conference attracts professionals from a variety of roles from a wide range of industry types and sizes.

On average 69% of attendees are senior level professionals (Senior Manager or above), including CEOs, CFOs, Directors, Partners, Consultants or Heads of Departments. 

Conference Statistics

Delegate Type

Over 450 delegates are expected to attend the 20th Annual Conference in Amsterdam, representing functions such as human resources, accounting, finance and stock plan administration, and advisor or service providers.

On average 57% of attendee companies were issuers and 39% were advisor or service provider companies. 

Conference Statistics

What Our Delegates Say...

GEO's Annual Conferences are attended by enthused and engaged industry professionals. Here are just a few reasons why the industry’s best representatives enjoy our events:

"As a provider of share plan services, GEO events present my company with many sought after opportunities with potential clients, as well as partnerships with other service providers."

Jon Burg
Aon Equity Services (US)

"This industry is always evolving and I find that not only is GEO on top of the new trends, but they are able to attract household named companies to share best practices."

Clinton Shoap
Manager, Global HR Operations
Cargill (US)

"The GEO Annual Conference is global in scope and brings together leading minds in equity plan administration from all over the world."

Erron Smith
Senior Director, Executive Compensation &
Global Equity
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (US)

"GEO's international scope spans further than other similar organizations and allows me to link directly into individual markets. I look forward to meeting equity peers from other large companies in order to share challenges and learn from their accomplishments at GEO’s Annual Conference."

Jorgen Pedersen
Global Director, Group Compensation & Benefits
Saint-Gobain (FR)