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Ralph Barry Ralph J. Barry, Principal


Ralph has over 20 years of compensation-related experience as both a consultant and executive compensation attorney. He specializes in providing advice to Compensation Committees and members of senior management on compensation and governance issues, with a particular focus on companies in the life sciences and technology industries. In addition, Ralph has substantial experience with public offerings; having assisted dozens of life science and technology companies as they transition from private company compensation structures to those of a newly public company. Ralph also has significant experience assisting life science and technology companies with compensation issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and the U.S. tax issues (under Sections 280G, 409A and 162(m) of the tax code) and disclosure issues that arise in such transactions.

Ralph has also provided advice as a consulting expert, and testified as an expert, on executive compensation issues in several lawsuits. He has also spoken before a number of professional, business and academic groups on a wide range of issues and corporate governance concerns relating to executive compensation.

Prior to joining Compensia, Ralph was a partner in the nationally recognized Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences and other growth enterprises worldwide. Ralph's practice at WSGR focused on the representation of both private and public clients concerning executive compensation and employee benefit matters. Prior to his time at WSGR, Ralph had also been an executive compensation partner with DLA Piper in its San Diego office.

Ralph received a BA from California State University San Marcos, a JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and an LLM and Certificate in Employee Benefits from Georgetown University Law Center.

Erik Beucler Erik Beucler, Principal


Erik has more than 10 years of experience advising technology, life sciences, and clean technology companies on compensation matters. His practice focuses on advising Compensation Committees and senior management on executive compensation, short- and long-term incentive plan design, and Board of Directors' compensation. He currently serves as the compensation committee advisor to a wide range of companies ranging from pre-IPO companies to mature publicly-traded companies.

Prior to joining Compensia, Erik was a consultant with Pearl Meyers & Partners and DolmatConnell & Partners.

Erik received a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Boston University.

Mark Borges Mark Borges, Principal


Mark is arguably the foremost authority on SEC disclosure issues, and he is a prolific writer and speaker on executive pay issues.

Prior to joining Compensia, Mark was a Principal at Mercer in their Washington Resource Group in Washington, DC. This group provided assistance and advice to clients regarding legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments that affected executive compensation.

Prior to Mercer, Mark was a Special Counsel in the Office of Rulemaking, Division of Corporation Finance with the SEC. He was also General Counsel for ShareData, Inc., the leading provider of software for employee stock plan administration, prior to its acquisition by E*TRADE Group, Inc. in 1998.

Mark practiced law with the firms of Ware & Friedenrich (now Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich) and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, specializing in equity compensation and insider trading matters as well as venture capital finance.

A California native, Mark graduated from Humboldt State University, and went on to receive his JD from Santa Clara University, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University. He is a member of the American Bar Association.

Jason Borrevik Jason Borrevik, Principal


Jason has more than 20 years of experience in the area of executive compensation as a consultant and attorney. He advises board compensation committees and senior management on the design of executive, board and equity compensation arrangements with expertise in pay governance matters. His experience includes executive and board compensation assessments, equity strategies including option exchanges and equity plan design and severance/change in control program design. He regularly advises clients on the compensation policies of the major proxy advisory firms. His clients range from early stage pre-IPO to mature publicly-traded companies.

Prior to joining Compensia, Jason was an executive compensation attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Jason received a JD from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon.

Tom Brown Thomas G. Brown, Managing Principal


Prior to co-founding Compensia, Tom was Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Aurora Networks, a leading manufacturer of advanced, next-generation optical transport systems for broadband networks. Before his stay at Aurora, Tom was Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of Quovera, Inc., a leading business consulting and technology integration firm. In both positions, Tom was responsible for Human Resources, Legal and other administrative functions. Tom joined Quovera after six years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, in Palo Alto, California. Tom was a member in the firm's nationally recognized Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group and counseled firm clients on various executive compensation issues and has written and lectured extensively on executive compensation issues.

Tom received a BA in Economics, with Honors, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a JD, summa cum laude, from the Santa Clara University School of Law and an MBA from the Leavy School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Mark H. Edwards Mark H. Edwards, Principal


With over 35 years of executive compensation consulting experience in Silicon Valley, Mark is recognized as an authority on executive pay matters for knowledge-based companies. Prior to founding Compensia in 2003, Mark was the founder and CEO of iQuantic, Inc., the leading executive and equity compensation consulting firm serving the tech industry. Mark received a BA from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MS from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. He currently lives in Hawaii and smiles.

Amanda Feyerabend Amanda Feyerabend, Principal


Amanda has consulted on executive, director, and employee compensation strategies for 15 years. She serves as an advisor to Compensation Committees and senior leadership on a broad range of matters, including total pay philosophy definition, compensation assessments, short- and long-term incentive plan design, pay-for-performance alignment, various regulatory topics and development of broad-based pay systems. With specialized expertise in technology, life sciences, and the foundation/not-for-profit sector, her clients range from pre-IPO to Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to joining Compensia, Amanda was a Senior Consultant with Buck Consultants/Mellon Financial Corporation. She began her compensation consulting career at iQuantic, Inc. She is a frequent speaker on compensation topics, most recently for such organizations as the Silicon Valley Women in Human Resources and the Hawaii Employers’ Council.

Amanda earned dual BAs from the University of California, Berkeley.

Susan Gellen Susan E. Gellen, Managing Principal


With more than 20 years of HR and compensation consulting experience, Sue specializes in compensation and performance management strategy design for high growth, rapidly changing organizations. She has developed programs that ensure a focus on high levels of performance and retention of key individuals during periods of growth, downturn, acquisition and divestiture.

Prior to joining Compensia, Sue has enjoyed a successful independent compensation consulting practice, working with companies, including Palm, Packeteer, Netscape, Tivo and Network Appliance. Previous to working independently, Sue was Director of Worldwide Human Resources for 3Com, and has held various HR positions at Pacific Gas and Electric.

Sue received a BA with honors from Colby College and a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Tom Lawer Tom LaWer, Managing Principal


Tom has over 15 years experience in the area of executive compensation as a consultant, lawyer and accountant. Tom’s practice focuses on advising Compensation Committees and senior management on executive, Board, equity, severance and change in control compensation arrangements. His experience includes executive compensation market assessments, bonus plan design, Board compensation market assessments and design, equity compensation strategy, equity plan design, equity plan pool increase strategies and severance/change in control program assessments and design. Recently, he has assisted many clients in the transition from pre-IPO to public status. Tom has also served as an expert witness on compensation related matters and teaches a course in the taxation of executive compensation as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Prior to joining Compensia, Tom practiced as an executive compensation attorney in the Silicon Valley, most recently as one of the leaders of Greenberg Traurig’s national executive compensation practice. He counseled clients on a wide range of executive compensation and benefit matters as well as writing, lecturing and being quoted in various publications regarding executive compensation issues. Before that, Tom was an attorney at Cooley Godward Kronish and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and was also the General Counsel and Vice President of Avanex Corporation. Before going to law school, Tom practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at KPMG in New York City.

Tom received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna cum Laude, and a JD from the University of Chicago, graduating with honors and Order of the Coif. Tom was a Certified Public Accountant and is currently a member of the California Bar.

Greg LoehmannGreg Loehmann, Principal


Greg joined Compensia in 2012 and began his career as a compensation consultant in 2001. He focuses on advising pre-IPO and public technology and life sciences companies, supporting effective compensation decision-making by providing market context, considerations that address company-specific objectives, and input on potential external perspectives. Greg has expertise on technical and regulatory matters relating to executive pay, including proxy disclosure, equity award valuation, equity plan amendments, and Say-on-Pay.

Prior to Compensia, Greg was an executive compensation consultant with Pearl Meyer & Partners and McLagan (an Aon Hewitt Company), and a member of the executive compensation group at Morgan Stanley.

Greg received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from Colgate University.

Heather Mathews Heather E. Mathews, Chief Financial Officer


Heather has 20 years of experience in finance, including ten years in investment management. Prior to joining Compensia, she worked as an international equity portfolio manager for a large mutual fund company in the United States and Europe.

Heather received a BA in Math and Mathematical Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tim Sparks Timothy J. Sparks, Chairman & President


Tim is the President and co-founder of Compensia. For over 25 years Tim has worked in Silicon Valley advising technology and growth enterprises on a broad range of executive, board and equity compensation issues and related corporate governance matters. Tim currently serves as the independent compensation advisor to numerous Compensation Committees of public and pre-public companies. Prior to co-founding Compensia, Tim was a partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, the premier legal advisor to technology companies worldwide. Tim served on WSGR’s Executive Committee and also founded and headed the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group, a nationally recognized practice serving technology and other emerging growth companies. Tim has taught, written and spoken extensively on executive compensation issues.

Tim received a BS in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley and a JD from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.