Steven Hall & Partners Expands Names James V. Hughes Managing Director Western Region

Appointment Reflects Soaring Demand by Boards and Management for Independent Executive Compensation Services

LOS ANGELES, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive compensation consultants Steven Hall & Partners today announced that James V. Hughes has been named Managing Director Western Region.  Mr. Hughes will be based in the firm's new Los Angeles office.  

"Public and government scrutiny of executive pay continues to require increased corporate transparency outlining how executive compensation packages are structured and awards determined," said Pearl Meyer, Steven Hall & Partners Senior Managing Director.  "The demand for independent executive compensation firms is soaring as Board Compensation Committees seek to create pay programs that will attract and retain the best talent while being sensitive to the new SEC rules and Congressional regulatory environment.  Jim Hughes has superior experience and will bring his unique talents to companies in the Western Region dealing with these issues."

Prior to joining Steven Hall & Partners, Mr. Hughes was Senior Managing Director and head of the Los Angeles office of Pearl Meyer & Partners.  He has over 25 years of consulting experience in executive compensation, particularly in the banking, healthcare, transportation, technology and gaming industries.  He also advises extensively on IPO compensation issues, mergers, acquisitions, spins and bankruptcies as well as proxy disclosure and customized compensation surveys.  Previously, Mr. Hughes was a Partner and Western Regional head of Arthur Andersen's Compensation Strategy and Equity Incentives Group.  

"Jim Hughes is an extraordinary talent," said Steven Hall, Managing Director.  "His deep technical experience and knowledge and understanding of a broad spectrum of industries and their business issues will provide clients with unique solutions for their compensation and business issues."

Mr. Hughes has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Georgia where he also acquired a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation from its J.M. Tull School of Accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and has memberships in professional national, state and local organizations.

Steven Hall & Partners is an independent executive compensation consulting firm serving as outside counsel to Boards, Compensation Committees and management.  The firm focuses solely on executive compensation, Director remuneration and related corporate governance matters.  Prior to forming Steven Hall & Partners in September 2005, the firm's principals, Pearl Meyer, Steven E. Hall and Steven Root, served as Chair, President and Managing Director, respectively, of Pearl Meyer & Partners which they founded in 1989.  For more information, please visit www.shallpartners.com .

SOURCE Steven Hall & Partners



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