THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Ready or Naught? Maintaining your competitive advantage in a time of uncertainty—and beyond

The challenges associated with offering creative and effective executive compensation programs
have always loomed large for employers, but never more so than today when the combination of volatile
markets, an uncertain economic environment, and the specter of expanded regulation have highlighted
the importance of nimble and responsive plan design.
PLANSPONSOR recently met with a team of experts from EWM, a firm that specializes in the design
and administration of global executive compensation and investment plans. Participating in the discussion
were Wolfgang Schroter, Head of EWM’s Executive Compensation Plan Administration business;
Kelley Gustafson, who heads EWM’s Client Relationship and Account Management team;
Rebecca Symonds, who leads the Client Services and Communication group at EWM; and Lee Khandelwal,
EWM’s Chief Technology Officer.
PS: The financial crisis has taken a toll on firms, large and small, worldwide. What trends do you see
emerging with regard to offering competitive compensation programs?

The challenges associated with offering creative and effective executive compensation programs
have always loomed large for employers, but never more so than today when the combination of volatile
markets, an uncertain economic environment, and the specter of expanded regulation have highlighted
the importance of nimble and responsive plan design.
PLANSPONSOR recently met with a team of experts from EWM, a firm that specializes in the design
and administration of global executive compensation and investment plans. Participating in the discussion
were Wolfgang Schroter, Head of EWM’s Executive Compensation Plan Administration business;
Kelley Gustafson, who heads EWM’s Client Relationship and Account Management team;
Rebecca Symonds, who leads the Client Services and Communication group at EWM; and Lee Khandelwal,
EWM’s Chief Technology Officer.
PS: The financial crisis has taken a toll on firms, large and small, worldwide. What trends do you see
emerging with regard to offering competitive compensation programs?