Center On Executive Compensation

Fundamentals of Executive Compensation

Our popular Fundamentals of Executive Compensation course – the Center On Executive Compensation’s premier virtual training offering – is designed to build basic knowledge and competency in all elements of executive compensation. This virtual, instructor-led program consists of three 3-hour sessions.

If you want to build a solid foundation 
in the field, this course is for you!

Check our event calendar for upcoming session dates. Space is limited to 40 attendees, so enroll as soon as a session opens! 


Expert instructors include the Center On Executive Compensation team: Ani Huang, Charlie Tharp, Rich Floersch, Shelly Carlin, and Megan Wolf.

Ani Huang

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Content Officer, HR Policy Association
President and CEO, Center On Executive Compensation

Dr. Charles G. Tharp

Senior Advisor, Research and Practice, Center On Executive Compensation
Executive VP, HR Policy Association

Richard R. Floersch

Senior Strategic Advisor, HR Policy Association and Center On Executive Compensation

Michele A. Carlin

Executive Vice President, HR Policy Association and Center On Executive Compensation

Megan Wolf

Director, Practice, HR Policy Association and Center On Executive Compensation

Open to staff of HR Policy member companies – including CHROs, rewards professionals, and others who aspire to senior HR/CHRO roles – this course is also helpful for non-HR professionals, such as finance or legal department members who may benefit from a fundamental understanding of the basics of executive compensation. 

Designed to build competency in all elements
of executive compensation

Fundamentals is offered at no cost to Center On Executive Compensation Members; the cost to non-Members is $1000. For more information on adding a Center membership to your HR Policy package, please contact Christen Supplee at [email protected].

The three-day course covers the following: 

Part One: Design Fundamentals

  • The context of executive compensation
  • The elements of executive pay
  • Determining pay levels and mix

Part Two: The Regulatory and Governance Context

  • Understanding the regulatory Framework (including a deep dive into Dodd-Frank)
  • The role of proxy advisory firms
  • The basics of pay governance

Part Three: Finance and Measurement Basics

  • Overview of accounting and tax considerations
  • Selecting performance metrics and targets
  • Course Review and Exam

Subject Matter Experts

The course features interviews with leading consultants, compensation committee members, and other experts in the field. 

Kofi Bruce

Chief Financial Officer, General Mills Inc.

Benjamin Colton

Global Head of Asset Stewardship - Voting & Engagement, State Street Global Advisors

Ira T. Kay

Managing Partner, Pay Governance

Patricia F. Russo

Chairman of the Board, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kimberly Underhill

Chair, Compensation Committee; Director, Foot Locker, Inc.
Director, Kimberly-Clark de Mexico