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GEO Board of Directors 2016-2017

GEO Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

GEO's Board of Directors is the primary body responsible for the oversight and governance of GEO as well as ensuring that the necessary resources are in place to provide for the longevity of the organization. The Board consists solely of volunteers and is open to representatives from all membership constituencies (corporate issuers, service providers, advisors, academia and government representatives). GEO is fortunate that our board members are some of the most accomplished professionals in the global employee share plan and executive compensation communities.

GEO is pleased to welcome the following members to the 2017 - 2018 GEO Board of Directors:

Newly Elected GEO Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Danyle Anderson

Danyle Anderson
Executive Director
Global Equity Organization

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Danyle Anderson serves as the Executive Director of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a member-founded and member-driven not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of equity compensation worldwide through a global community of well-informed professionals.

Prior to joining GEO, Danyle was the Programs Director for the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP). Danyle also served as head of Investor Relations and Shareholder Services for Tech Data Corporation, where in addition to leading the company’s Investor Relations efforts, she had responsibility for all aspects of shareholder services, including the company’s equity plans which provided benefits in more than 38 countries. Prior to Tech Data, Danyle was a member of the audit division of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Danyle has over twenty-four years of experience in the accounting and equity compensation fields and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Certified Equity Professional Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida, is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a Certified Equity Professional and a frequent speaker on equity compensation related topics.

Leann Balbona

Leann Balbona
Managing Director, Tax - Global Mobility Services
KPMG

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Leann Balbona is a Tax Managing Director in KPMG’s New York Global Mobility Services (GMS) practice specializing in global equity tax matters. She has more than 20 years of experience in tax technology, tax planning and mobility strategy for the world’s leading companies. Leann is nationally responsible for global equity technology deployment and client service delivery.

Leann has advised on many technology implementations and tax engagements where she has provided thought leadership, project management and technical advice for practical and maintainable solutions. She has developed award-winning approaches to mobile employee tracking and income sourcing processes for equity compensation recognized by the Global Equity Organization and Forum for Expatriate Management trade organizations.

She has written for many publications including International Tax Review, Expatriate Advisor and Expatriate Administrator. She also regularly presents at trade association conferences and teaches at KPMG’s national Tax Business School.

Leann is an active member in the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP). She currently serves as a board member of the Global Equity Organization and has served on the board of the KPMG’s NYC Network of Women representing the Tax Service line from 2010 – 2015. Leann was recognized for her efforts with KPMG when inducted into New York City’s YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in 2013.

Leann received her BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and Texas.

Jon Burg

Jon Burg
Partner
Aon Hewitt

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U.S. Practice Leader for Radford Valuation Services, the employee equity valuation group of Aon Hewitt. Nearly 20 years of experience designing, valuing, and implementing employee equity compensation programs. Leverages actuarial background in analyzing historical plan experience and performing complex valuation modeling, to apply an added rigor and discipline to the world of employee equity compensation.

Travis Carpico

Travis Carpico
Head of Stock Plan Global Services
Fidelity Investments

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US


Travis joined Fidelity in 2000. Prior to leading global services for Stock Plan Services, he completed two long-term expatriate assignments, and led or significantly contributed to many of Fidelity's major global expansions, including establishing or growing business operations in India, France, Germany, Spain, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, China, and Ireland.

From 2012 to 2014, as president of Fidelity Ireland, in Dublin, Travis led that organization through a significant expansion of capabilities and doubled staff from 300 to 600. From 2006 to 2012, Travis was senior vice president of Fidelity Corporate Business Development in Boston, and led a large number of acquisitions, international expansions, new business startup, and strategy formulation projects. From 2003 to 2006, Travis was chief administrative and financial officer of Fidelity HR Access Solutions based in Paris.

Before joining Fidelity, Travis served as the director of operations and finance for Tri-State Communications, Inc. and as a senior analyst for U.S. Foodservice, Inc.

Travis received his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Boston College. He is fluent in French and Spanish.

Janet Cooper OBE

Janet Cooper OBE
Partner
Tapestry Compliance

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UK


Janet is a partner at Tapestry, a leading law firm specialising in all aspects of global share plans and HR with a network of over 100 law firms.

Janet has over 25 years' experience advising many of the world's leading companies including advising British Airways on its global plans in 1986 and has been involved in leading developments in the industry since then. She is the legal adviser to global banks' trade organisation AFME/GFMA on remuneration regulation issues, has been on the GEO board since the beginning and was Vice Chair of GEO for over 10 years, founder of the only professional qualification available in the UK for share plan professionals, the ICSA Certificate in Employee Share Plans.

Janet has been a lifelong supporter of human rights and has held a number of board appointments with charities working in that area including the Vice President of UNWomen in the UK (the United Nation's agency which works towards gender equality globally) 2009-2015, and on the board of GAPS - Gender Action for Peace and Security (which works with the Foreign Office to involve women in the peace process in countries in conflict) and on the board of Roehampton University. Janet was recognised in the Queen's 2017 New Year's Honours with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition for her 'Services to equality, women's empowerment and employee share ownership'. The firm she founded has also been honoured and awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise this year.

June Davenport

June Davenport
Head, EMEA Trust & Nominee Services
Solium Capital

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ES


June serves as Head, EMEA Trust & Nominee Services at Solium Capital, and she is part of the core team focused on expanding Solium’s market presence in Europe. During her tenure at Solium, June has been responsible for building the company’s operational infrastructure in North America, the UK and Australia. In her role as Executive Vice President, Business Integration, she oversaw strategic partner integration and directed the customer service experience in each of the locations where she was based.

June’s career has spanned 30 years dedicated to the share plans business with extensive experience working with global and multinational plans.

June has served on the GEO Board of Directors since 2013. June is a frequent speaker on global remuneration issues in both North America and Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Bill Dunn

William Dunn
Partner
PwC

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US


Mr. Dunn is a Partner in PwC's Human Resource practice, where he leads the US firm's executive compensation practice and has been an equity practitioner since 1989. He has more than twenty-five years' experience in assisting clients in executive compensation matters, and has worked as the liaison between the firm's clients, the IRS National Office, the Treasury Department and Congress and other global regulatory authorities in matters relating to rulings, tax legislation and regulatory guidance.

Mr. Dunn has a master's degree in taxation from the American University, Washington, D.C. and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the advisory boards of many executive compensation support organizations. He has published articles in many technical publications and is often quoted in tax matters, appearing in both print and broadcast tax features. Mr. Dunn has instructed at Georgetown and American University and has appeared on a variety of technical and industry video programs.

Jay Foley

Jay Foley
Managing Director
Computershare Plan Managers Europe

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UK


Jay Foley is the Managing Director for Computershare Plan Managers, EMEA Region, based in London. Jay has been involved with the Equity Plan Administration services for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining Computershare, Jay worked with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, both in London and New York.

Jay speaks English and Spanish, and is both a UK and USA citizen. Jay studied in the US at Tulane University in New Orleans, and spent a year studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Jay has resided in Europe since 2003.

Kelley Garrett

Kelley Garrett
Senior Manager, Stock Comms, Expansion and M&A
Amazon

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Kelley Garrett is the Global Stock Plan Consultant at Amazon.com based in Seattle, Washington. Kelley is responsible for the equity component of all global expansion activity, including new country and in-country implementations and mergers and acquisitions, along with global equity communications strategy for Amazon. Amazon.com operates a broad-based restricted stock unit program for over 200,000 employees in 38 countries. Kelley has nearly 20 years of experience working with employee equity programs for US multi-national companies. Prior to joining Amazon in early 2013 she spent 13 years in equity compensation at Microsoft, most recently as International Stock Plan Manager. Kelley received her B.A. in History from the University of Washington and M.B.A. with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Seattle University. She earned her Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation in 2001. Kelley has been a member of the GEO Issuer Advisory Council since 2011, served on the Certified Equity Professional Institute Advisory Board from 2007-2009 and for many years on the NASPP Seattle Chapter Board in roles including President, Treasurer and Secretary. She is also a past Board member of the Junior League of Seattle, where she served as Board Secretary and Nominating Director.

Bettina Gohm

Kelly Geerts
Director, Advanced Solutions
E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services

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United States


Kelly is currently the Director of Advanced Solutions at E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. (ETCS), where she focuses on enabling clients to reduce internal risks and scale their business by building efficiencies. Prior to joining ETCS, Kelly spent more than two decades deploying end-to-end equity and payroll best practices at Apple Inc., both strategically and operationally. While at Apple, she managed the global process and strategy for Apple's equity programs, in addition to managing many aspects of payroll, tax, accounting and equity administration during her tenure. Kelly is an active participant in the Global Equity Organization (GEO) and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), and has been a presenter at many of GEO's Annual Conferences. She is a current board member of the NASPP Austin Chapter, a former board member of GEO (2008-2010) and of ETCS’ Client Advisory Board (2008-2014). Kelly received a BBA in Business Management from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Equity Professional (CEP).

Robert Head

Robert Head
Reward Consultant
Neo Reward Limited

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UK


Robert has worked in human resources, compensation and reward in one way or another for most of his professional career.

As an experienced reward professional and practitioner, Robert has deep subject matter reward experience in corporate governance, executive reward, remuneration committees, reward policy, annual bonus, long-term incentives, all-employee equity plans, transformation and change, corporate actions, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring plus broad HR experience in employment contracts and terminations, competitive analysis and benchmarking, discretionary and all-employee equity programs, mobility, talent, organisational design, and change management.

Robert works with organisations of all types as reward consultant or interim reward professional providing reward solutions, interim management and consultancy.

Until July 2015, Robert was director for executive reward and global share plans at Pearson plc, the world’s leading learning company, where he was responsible for the design and execution of total reward for the executive population and the delivery of globally competitive share plans.

Prior to joining Pearson, he held human resource and reward roles in a satellite broadcast television company and a national utility corporation.

Robert has been a director and board member of the Global Equity Organization since 2010. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Employee Share Ownership Centre.

As a result of his work, he is frequently asked to join conference and seminar panels, present case studies, and to lead discussions on current reward issues and trends.

Robert holds a degree in Geography from Bristol University.

Don-Tobias Jol

Don-Tobias Jol
Tax Director
Deloitte

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NL


Advising multinational corporations on executive remuneration schemes, with a focus on strategic alignment and compliance with appropriate tax, legal and corporate governance rules;

Designing and implementing equity compensation plans such as option schemes, share purchase or savings plans, deferred or restricted share schemes, SAR plans et cetera;

Researching the effects of mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and private equity transactions on remuneration policies;

Applying global tax planning opportunities in case of i.a. management participations, salary splits and severance payments;

Advising on Dutch and international labour law, including drafting and reviewing of employment contracts;

Advising on Dutch and international wage and income tax, social security and pensions for expatriate employees leaving and entering The Netherlands;

Designing global assignment policies, including application of international tax balancing and tax reimbursement methods;

Tax (hypothetical and actual) as well as equalisation calculations;

Administration services, such as the application for work and residence permits, international social security certificates, the Dutch 30% reimbursement facility for expatriates et cetera;

Preparing and reviewing Dutch income tax returns;

Payroll advisory services for expatriate and local employees.

Jennifer Kirk

Jennifer Kirk
Director, Global Equity Management
Google

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US


Jennifer Kirk has been the Director of Stock at Google Inc. since September 2011. Prior to that, she was a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Global Equity Services group, where she practiced for 10 years. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She is on the GEO Board and previously served as Secretary of the SF Chapter of NASPP. She is a frequent speaker on global equity and plan administration issues.

Barbara Klementz

Barbara Klementz
Partner
Baker McKenzie

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US


Barbara Klementz is the chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Global Equity Services subpractice and co-chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of global equity and executive compensation for more than sixteen years and serves as a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the Global Equity Organization and the San Francisco Bar Association. Ms. Klementz has authored several articles on global equity issues for the BNA Executive Compensation Journal, Journal of Corporate Taxation and San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal, among others. She is also a frequent speaker on a variety of global equity topics. Ms. Klementz is admitted to private practice in California and Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ms. Klementz focuses her practice on global equity compensation programs, employee benefits and executive compensation. She regularly advises multinational companies on implementing their equity compensation programs worldwide — particularly as it relates to tax and securities law matters and exchange control regulations. Ms. Klementz also frequently advises on the treatment of such programs in corporate spin-offs and other corporate transactions, as well as on the tax treatment of cross-border employees.

Joanna Mak

Joanna Mak
Senior Manager, Brambles Share Plan
Brambles

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AU


Joanna Mak is the Senior Manager responsible for the leadership and management of employee share plan programs at Brambles Limited, a global supply-chain logistics company. Since undertaking this role in 2012, Joanna has continually developed and successfully implemented innovative strategies to engage with over 15000 potential and existing share plan participants based in more than 40 countries. These initiatives have achieved strong and consistent growth in the levels of employee equity ownership at Brambles, have gained recognition for Brambles’ employee share programs from GEO and other professional groups.

Joanna is regularly invited to speak at equity compensation profession events to represent the perspectives of corporate issuers. She also recently served as a member of the 2017 GEO Awards judging panel.

Previously, Joanna was Senior Manager - Remuneration and Benefits at Brambles, and a consultant in a global management consulting firm in Hong Kong. Her practice areas include employee share programs, executive remuneration and global mobility management in private, public, and quasi-private organisations.

Joanna holds an MSc in International Industrial Relations Management from the London School of Economics, and is a WorldAtWork accredited Global Remunerations Professional.

Sheila Matias

Sheila Matias
Senior Manager, Global Equity Administration
The Coca-Cola Company

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Sheila is the Senior Manager, Global Equity Administration at The Coca-Cola Company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Sheila has served as the Director, Equity Compensation at Redhat, Senior Manager, International and Global Mobiles at Walmart and Senior Manager, Global Equity and Benefits Administration at Stryker Corporation. Sheila Matias has more than 14 years of equity compensation and benefits administration experience, which includes international compliance, project management, global stock plan and 401k administration. She holds her CEP, GRP and CCP designations and has her MBA from the Cleveland State University.

Mark Miller

Mark Miller
Principal
Deloitte Tax

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Mark is a principal with Deloitte Tax, specializing in global equity, compensation and benefits consulting for multinational employers.

Mark has over 15 years of experience consulting in the field of employee equity compensation, advising multinational clients on all aspects of equity remuneration including core plan design and administration, communications strategies, investor relations, tax and regulatory compliance and tax minimization strategies.

Mark is an active board member for the Global Equity Organization.

Mark has been an active speaker at various UK, US and International conferences and events for many years. Mark began his career in the UK, specializing in UK and global equity based compensation before moving to West Coast to lead the Global Rewards practice. Mark is a Certified Equity Professional (CEP) in the US and a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA, ATT) in the United Kingdom.

You can also view Mark’s LinkedIn profile at: www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-miller/8/820/95a/

Marc Muntermann

Marc Muntermann
Director of Global Share Programs
Siemens

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DE


Marc Muntermann joined Siemens in October 2011. Marc Muntermann holds a graduate degree in vocational studies and economic education from the University of Cologne where he specialized in the fields of Vocational Education and Corporate Development and Organization and a Master‘s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) where he specialized in Accounting.

Within Siemens, Marc Muntermann is leading the Global Share Program team. In this position he is responsible for the design and administration of all company wide Equity Programs. This includes the global Long Term Incentive and Employee Participation Program, that was introduced in 2009 and has been rolled out to 67 countries with 165.000 employees already participating in the plan.

Before joining Siemens Marc Muntermann was practice leader in Towers Watson’s Talent & Rewards line of business where he was responsible for Global Data Services and conducted consulting activities with regards to non executives, executives, executive board and supervisory board remuneration.

Dennis Paalman

Dennis Paalman
SVP & Global Head of Reward
Philips Lighting

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Netherlands


Current position Global Head of Reward at Philips Lighting. Previous Roles SVP Global Head of Reward position at Royal Ahold, with additional responsibility for HR Risk, HR Corporate Responsibility and the International Mobility Center and member of the HR Leadership team and secretary to the Remuneration Committee.

Designed the Global Reward Opportunity (GRO) program, the award winning (‘best plan effectiveness award’) Long-term Incentive program for Royal Ahold. Chairman of the jury for the GEO awards from 2011 to today. GEO Board Member as well as a member of the GEO Executive Committee. Chairman of the Dutch association for Compensation and Benefits Professionals.

Before moving to Royal Ahold, Global Head of Performance and Reward at ING Group, Senior Consultant in the Executive Compensation Practice at Towers Watson in London and Amsterdam, various roles at IBM.

Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University of Twente. Completed the Royal Ahold Leadership program at Harvard/Oxford and several Executive Programs at the University of Michigan.

Thomas Paleka

Thomas Paleka
Vice President, Global Total Rewards
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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US


Tom Paleka joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in September 2008 as Vice President of Global Compensation, a newly created role. Recently promoted in 2016 to lead Global Rewards, he now has overall responsibility for guiding the company’s compensation, benefit, and mobility programs, as well as payroll. He has been instrumental in consolidating and outsourcing the company’s long term incentive plans, launching several new plan designs, and securing shareholder approval of four of Gallagher’s long term incentive plans.

Tom joined Gallagher from Tellabs, a large telecommunications manufacturer of infrastructure equipment. While at Tellabs, he designed and managed sales compensation programs and was promoted to Director of Global Compensation and Benefits in 2005, with responsibility for all broad-based and executive programs.

Prior to that role, he had twenty years of extensive background in the high-technology industry in sales compensation, direct sales, sales management, and sales operations.

He has spoken at many conferences for such organizations as Global Equity Organization, Certified Equity Professional Institute, Equilar, World at Work, Conference Board, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He most recently served as a judge for the GEO Awards for the 2016 and 2017 GEO conferences.

Mitan Patel

Mitan Patel
Global Sales & Marketing Director
Equatex

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UK


Mitan joined the Equatex Group on 18 April, 2016 as the Global Sales and Marketing Director. Equatex provides international employee and executive compensation plan services for today's global enterprise, supporting clients with participants across Europe, Asia, Australia and America. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland it is the spin-off of CEFS International, formerly part of Swiss bank UBS. In this newly created role Mitan is focusing on strengthening the Equatex teams across the company's key international markets and supports the group's growth ambitions. Mitan has extensive expertise of both broad-based and executive compensation plans on a global level. He has more than 15 years of experience in the international equity compensation industry and has previously held senior roles at Computershare, Morgan Stanley and Citi. Mitan Patel has been involved with many industry award-winning plans for a number of high profile clients.

Elena Petrou

Elena Petrou
Share Schemes Manager
Aviva

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UK


Elena joined Aviva plc as Share Plan Manager in 2013 and leads the share plans team which is responsible for the Company's executive and all employee share plans globally. Since joining, her role has expanded, with increased leadership and people management responsibilities, and an ever increasing demand for her involvement in projects. Elena is responsible for the effective management of all aspects of Aviva’s share plans and works closely with key senior stakeholders within the business to ensure this happens.

In 2014, Elena led a migration project to move the administration of the Group's executive share plans to a new platform which involved moving over 20-years’ worth of grants and in 2016 lead the launching of a global all employee share plan. During Elena’s tenure, participation in all-employee share plans has increased year on year, through a focus on technology, communication and engagement.

Elena’s role also involves working with the Remuneration Committee and leading on the Directors Remuneration Report for the annual report and accounts.

Elena has over 11 years of experience in the share plans industry, previously having worked for UBS, and successfully completed Tapestry’s ICSA Certificate in Employee Share Plans in 2013. Elena is also a very active member in the industry and runs a Share Plans User Group, more commonly known as SPUG, which is an issuer only group of individuals, from leading FTSE companies and is used for issuers to discuss issues they may have, brainstorm ideas and acts as a collective voice within the industry.

Carine Schneider

Carine Schneider
CEO & Founder
WFFConnect

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US


Carine Schneider is an experienced and well-connected leader in private market and global compensation industry with deep experience working in consulting, technology & financial services. She is the founder and CEO of WFFConnect, a mission-driven company that connects women founders with the investment community. She was recently named one of 17 “Women to Watch” in 2017 by Brown Brothers Harriman Center on Women and Wealth and one of the 100 Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Carine was formerly the President, NASDAQ Private Market Equity Solutions, serving privately held companies. She was responsible for worldwide sales, marketing and operations. She has held various leadership positions including CEO of EASi (now Certent), founder and CEO of Global Shares, Partner at PwC, Director of Strategic Planning and Development with Smith Barney and was the Leader of the Global Stock Plan Services at Towers Watson. In 1992, Carine was the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP). Carine started her career as Manager of Shareholder Relations at Oracle Corporation where she assisted in the IPO and managed all aspects of the company's various stock plans. Carine served on the Board of Directors of both EASi and Global Shares.

In 1999, Ms. Schneider founded the Global Equity Organization (GEO) that now has over 6000 members worldwide. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Schneider was born in The Netherlands and speaks Dutch and English. She received her degree in Psychology & Sociology from the University of California. She is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, including President Obama’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurial Summit, and has authored various articles and chapters in industry publications.

Clinton Shoap

Clinton Shoap
Global Compensation and Mobility Leader
Cargill

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US


Clinton Shoap has worked for Cargill for ten years and is currently responsible for Cargill's global HR processes for compensation and talent, including cash and long-term incentive compensation, position evaluation, and employee engagement. In this capacity he manages teams providing administration and global operational support, including technology and tools.

Clinton received his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and is a CPA. Prior to joining Cargill, he was the director of executive compensation and International HR at Pentair. Clinton has previously spoken at executive conferences on such topics as: process improvement, private company equity design, perceived value of long-term incentives, and the benefits of a broad-based equity program.

Nicole Sloane

Nicole Sloane
Global Stock Plan Manager
Kimberly-Clark

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US


Nicole Sloane serves as Global Stock Plan Manager for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, whose well-known global brands hold No.1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries. She has responsibility for overall management of the global equity plan. The plan delivers awards to participants in over 50 countries. During her 20 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and prior to managing the global equity plan for the past two years, Nicole held management positions in Benefits Finance, North American Payroll, and Domestic & Global Mobility, and also worked as a Compensation Business Partner practicing broad-based compensation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Carson-Newman University and earned the Certified Equity Professional designation from Santa Clara University in June 2015.

Nicole is the chair-elect of the GEO board of directors. She is part of the GEO Texas Chapter leadership team, which was the recipient of the 2017 GEO Chapter of the Year Award and the 2016 GEO New Chapter of the Year Award. She was also a recipient of a 2015 GEO Award for Kimberly-Clark in the category of Best Use of Employee Share Plans in a Corporate Action for companies with between 25,000 and 100,000 employees. She was also a 2015 recipient of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation Global HR Unleash Your Power Award in the category of Ensuring Global Total Rewards Competitiveness.

Michael Sterchi

Michael Sterchi
Co-founder
Seematter & Sterchi Incentive Plans AG

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Switzerland


Michael is a Co-founder of Seematter & Sterchi Incentive Plans AG, a company specialised in the area of executive and equtiy based compensation advisory. Before founding his own company Michael was a Tax Partner with KPMG. He is a Swiss Certified tax expert and has 20 years experience in advising Swiss and international companies in relation to the accounting, valuation, tax and legal issues in connection with executive compensation and equity plans and has a deepened knowledge in the design and implementation of equity and compensation plans.

Jessica Vinsand

Jessica Vinsand
Equity Compensation Expert
SAP

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US


Jessica Vinsand is a Total Rewards expert focused on equity compensation strategy and plan design at SAP. In this role, Jessica shares the responsibility for designing best-in-class equity compensation programs for all employees globally to facilitate SAP's attraction and retention of key talent in current and future labor markets. She is proud to be a part of the team that designed and implemented Own SAP, for which SAP won the 2016 GEO Award for ‘Most Innovative and Creative Plan Design’ and the 2017 GEO Award for ‘Best Plan Effectiveness’.

Prior to joining SAP, Jessica was the Director, Client Solutions at Global Shares. In this role she worked closely with sales and operations to ensure that non-standard client needs were handled effectively and efficiently. Prior to Global Shares, she served as the Customer Service Manager at Equity Administration Solutions, Inc., which is now known as Certent.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Mills College in Oakland California, and is a Certified Equity Professional. She contributes to the Certified Equity Professional Institute as a member of the Continuing Education Committee. Jessica is a frequent speaker on equity compensation topics at events in both North America and Europe.

Hamish Wallace

Hamish Wallace
Partner
Minter Ellison

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Australia


Hamish Wallace is a Partner with Minter Ellison in Sydney, Australia. Hamish has over 15 years' experience as a corporate and employment tax adviser, and has developed a niche practice advising Australian and multinational organisations on the legal and tax issues surrounding employee compensation. A significant part of Hamish's practice involves working with companies on the design, structure, roll-out and ongoing operation of a wide range of employee incentive plans, and Hamish also assists with the consequences of corporate events on their remuneration arrangements). Hamish liaises regularly with the Australian regulators on employee benefits issue and, over the years, has been actively involved in consulting with Government on reforms to the regulatory regime applying to equity compensation. Hamish is also a member of Minter Ellison's Employee Remuneration Team, a cross-divisional initiative helping to assist and educate organisations on employee remuneration issues and developments.

Since 2014, Hamish has been one of two Australian-based directors of the Global Equity Organisation.

Hamish holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney.


Previous GEO Board Members
Name Company Country Term
Phil Ainsley Equiniti UK 2016-2017
Paul Arens Monidee NL 2014-2017
John Bagdonas Global Shares US 2015-2017
Ralph Beidelman Discovery Communications US 2014-2016
Michael Bendorf Buck Consultants US 2008-2009
Mark van Beusekom PS Participation Solutions NL 1999-2002
Joan Bloom Fidelity Stock Plan Services US 2015-2017
Juan Bonilla Cuatrecasas ES 2008-2014
Mike Brody Transcentive US 2000-2001
June Anne Burke Baker McKenzie US 2016-2017
Ed Burmeister Baker & McKenzie US 2002-2008
Katiuska Carlo Coty, Inc US 2012-2013
Mary Carter KPMG UK 2005-2008
Christian Celin Société Générale FR 2004-2005
Mark Clem Charles Schwab US 2005-2007
Mark Curtis Smith Barney US 1999-2004
Chris Dohrmann Accurate Equity US 2012-2013
Lindsey Doud RBC cees UK 2004-2012
Kelly Geerts Apple Inc. US 2009-2010
Saundra Gibson Merrill Lynch US 1999-2004
Bettina Gohm Siemens AG DE 2015-2017
Judith Greaves Pinsent Masons UK 2002-2010
Nicholas Greenacre White & Case UK 2006-2009
Gerbrand (Bram) Groen William Mercer DE 2000-2001
Kim Hackman Amazon US 2012-2015
Dan Hickey Nokia US 2007-2008
Kathryn Kindgren Mourant US 2006-2007
Tony Kirwan The Law Firm Network IE 2002-2008
Desiree Klein-Wagner Allianz DE 2009-2010
Carrie Kovac E*TRADE Finanacial Corporate Services US 2016-2017
Virginia Johnston S B Enterprises US 2011-2013
Veronique Japp UBS FR 2009-2012
Dominic Jones Mourant UK 2003-2006
Liane Jones Legg Mason US 1999-2004
Jeffrey Lees Dibbs Barker Gosling AU 2002-2004
Michael Namie Intel Corporation US 2009-2010
Nigel Mason Lloyds TSB Registrars UK 2002-2006
Nancy Mesereau Morgan Stanley US 2014-2016
Nancy Mesereau Fidelity Stock Plan Services US 2009-2010
Stacey B. Miller Citigroup US 2002-2005
Hans Muench Swiss Re CH 2003-2007
Steve Morey Proctor & Gamble US 2009-2010
Gráinne O'Connell Vodafone UK 2005-2006
Maoiliosa O'Culachain Global Shares IE 2013-2014
Maoiliosa O'Culachain Global Shares IE 2007-2009
Roxanne Povio Cisco Systems US 2000-2001
Allen Powley GlaxcoSmithKline UK 2005-2006
Geoff Price Computershare UK 2004-2006
Navjeet Rosenthal-Gill PwC NL 2015-2017
Craig Rubino Process Unity US 2013-2014
Brian Ruff Eli Lilly & Company US 2008-2011
Carol M. Rutlen Global Focus LLP US 1999-2002
Mary Samsa Seyfarth Shaw LLP US 2008-2010
Barbara Seta UBS AG CH 2007-2010
Michael D. Singer   US 1999-2002
Gavin St. Pier Walbrook Group Limited UK 2002-2004
Marianne Snook Stock & Option Solutions US 2014-2014
Sandra Sussman Buck Consultants US 2013-2014
Bernice Toy Applied Materials US 1999-2002
Sean Trotman Deloitte US 2004-2016
Debbie Tsoi-A-Sue KPMG US 2010-2016
Andy Turner RBC Abacus UK 2004-2007
Anne Vaucheret Publicis Groupe FR 2010-2011
Thierry Vo UBS Finanacial Services US 2014-2015
Jewon Wee ISP Advisors, LLC US 2002-2013
Fred Whittlesey Compensation Venture Group US 1999-2002
James Wulforst E*TRADE Corporate Services US 2009-2010

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