Cathy Goonetilleke
Partner, Human Capital
United States


Cathy is a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Human Capital practice in Los Angeles. She is focused on global compensation, payroll and HR risk issues, including advising numerous multinational companies on the design, administration and implementation issues surrounding HR programs and technology to over 100 countries. Cathy’s other experience includes:

Advising companies on the key HR risks, including the Affordable Care Act, wage and hour implications, compensation and benefit programs, workforce planning and analytics, payroll processes and reporting, HR technology and evolving legislation

  • Reviewing internal controls and HR processes supporting the delivery of compensation and financial reporting compliance;
  • Outlining and auditing the payroll implications for delivering compensation and perquisites to employees and non-employees; and
  • Assisting with the development of global compensation philosophies and strategies in line with the overall business strategy and corporate culture;
  • Designing market competitive long-term and short-term incentive programs for senior management and broad-based groups;
  • Assisting with the search, selection and conversion of the third-party administrators for equity arrangements;
  • Analyzing compensation and benefit programs for cost and process efficiencies;
  • Drafting employee communications to effectively educate participants on the mechanics and tax effects of the equity arrangements;
  • Analyzing the tax implications for expatriate programs for large multinational organizations; and
  • Drafting payroll guides for various employee types and compensation arrangements.

Cathy is a graduate from the University of Iowa having received a BBA in Accounting. Cathy is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the Global Equity Organization. She has assisted the Certified Equity Professionals Institute on several of its instructional guides on equity plans. Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and California.

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