INDEPENDENT
BOUTIQUE
COMPENSATION ADVISORS

about us

Haigh & Company
is a boutique compensation consulting firm focusing on
executive and board compensation programs and strategies.

Founded in 1985, we are located in
Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What We Do

We assist our clients in the development and design of compensation programs and strategies. To accomplish this, we help our clients audit current programs, define the market for comparison, assess competitiveness versus market, review incentive programs to align pay with performance and help develop overall executive compensation philosophy and strategy. 

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How We Do It

We utilize a team approach to managing our engagements. The lead consulting partner is defined at the start of the project and remains the key client contact and project manager for the duration of the engagement. We commit internal resources to the project as needed based on the scope of the assignment. Our team approach extends to how we work with the Compensation Committee, management and other key constituents.

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Audit

Review

Design

Develop

Implement

Working With OUR CLIENTS

Our strategy is to build and maintain a limited number of
long-term, high-quality relationships. Over time, 80-90% of our business has come from our ongoing client relationships.

Serving Compensation Committees

In the majority of our relationships, we serve as the compensation advisor to the compensation committee of the board. In all of our relationships, we work extensively with management under guidelines established with the compensation committee.

Extension of Our Clients’ Organization

The lead relationship manager is hands on and is involved in every phase of the client engagement. We share an expert perspective on compensation and human resources issues and our clients share their inside understanding of their business, culture and values. With this approach, we are able to operate as an extension of our clients’ organizations rather than as an isolated resource.

Past and present, Haigh & Company works with
premier companies, across all industries.

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Our Practice areas

Experience & Expertise in Key Compensation Practice Areas
Total Compensation
Philosophy & Strategy

Development of an executive compensation philosophy and strategy provides a valuable framework for aligning compensation programs with the culture, values and business strategy of the company. The compensation strategy development process assists the company to clearly articulate its short and longer term business objectives and helps to ensure that executive incentive programs strongly support the company’s business strategy.

Executive Compensation Competitive Assessment

An in-depth assessment determines the competitive posture of an organization’s total rewards levels and practices versus defined peer groups and compensation surveys. The process may include market definition, internal/external job matrices and matching and measurement of pay versus key performance metrics, both in your organization and the defined market companies. The compensation review process measures all key compensation elements and provides the basis for more detailed program modifications and/or design.

Executive Compensation Program Design

Based on the outcomes related to philosophy and compensation competitive assessment, Haigh & Company can assist our clients in the design of specific compensation elements and programs. These can include annual incentive plans, long-term incentive plans, equity plans including targeted mix of fixed, performance and appreciation based grant forms. We can also assist with the design of special purpose plans such as carried interest plans, LLC profits interests, and other plans designed to meet our clients’ specific needs.

Non-Employee Director Compensation Programs

Haigh & Company can provide a periodic review of your organization’s non-employee director compensation package to determine the competitiveness of the program. We can help to define a structure, mix and levels of compensation (cash versus stock, current versus deferred compensation) which provide a competitive total program and reinforce your directors’ roles and service commitments.

Employment, Severance &
Change in Control Arrangements

Working with our clients’ human resources, finance and inside and outside legal counsel, Haigh & Company can assist in the development of appropriate employment and severance arrangements including the negotiation and development of arrangements for senior executive new hires. We also provide auditable costing analysis for payments and benefits related to a potential termination after a change in control.

Executive Compensation
Disclosure

We work with our client’s human resources, finance and legal teams as well as the compensation committee to draft concise and readable compensation disclosures that effectively tells our client company’s compensation “story.” Our goal is to provide the company’s shareholders with a simple and understandable disclosure that meets all Securities and Exchange Commission requirements.

Other Practice Areas
& Expertise

With 30 years of consulting experience, we have been engaged to assist our clients in a wide variety of areas in addition to our key practice areas listed here. Please contact us if you need assistance in other compensation related areas. If we are not the best resource, we will work with our clients to introduce them to resources in our extensive network who are best qualified to serve their specific needs.

our senior consulting Team

Our consulting team is highly experienced…
Our senior team members have each been with
Haigh & Company for over 10 years.

William T. (Tim) Haigh

Founder and Managing Director

Tim founded Haigh & Company in 1985. With over 30 years of executive compensation experience, he serves as an independent advisor to Board Compensation Committees and management in total compensation strategy, reward system design, performance management and communications. After graduating with a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and prior to starting his own firm, Tim held several senior human resource positions at Citibank and General Foods Corporation and was a consultant at Sibson & Company. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of WorldatWork (WAW), a global not-for-profit organization with over 70,000 members. He is a frequent speaker, and has authored several publications.

J. Casey Lindstrom

Partner

Casey joined Haigh & Company as a consulting analyst shortly after Tim started the firm in 1985. He has over 20 years experience as the lead relationship and engagement consultant at the board of directors level. In addition to working across industries, Casey leads our life sciences and technology practice areas and is our lead technical consultant in the areas of tax, accounting and SEC disclosure. Prior to joining Haigh & Company he worked with Synectics, Inc., a business innovation consulting firm. He is a member of WorldatWork (WAW) and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP).

Christine Fewlass

Director Finance & Administration and Consulting Analyst

Christine has been with the firm for over 18 years. She is responsible for the internal operations of the firm as well as supporting the consultants in meeting our clients’ needs. Christine also specializes in Board of Director compensation benchmarking and studies. She is a member of WorldatWork (WAW) and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). After graduating with a BS from Drexel University and prior to joining Haigh & Company, Christine worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the architectural firm Vitetta. 

Suzanne Bodner

Senior Consulting Analyst

Suzanne has been with the firm for over 21 years. She works closely with our partners and clients to develop appropriate peer groups, conduct executive compensation competitive assessments and analyze annual and long-term incentive practices. After Suzanne graduated with a BA from Stanford University and prior to joining Haigh & Company, she worked as an Administration Manager for Harvest Software. 

Nicole Genier

Senior Consulting Analyst

Nicole has been with the firm for over 12 years. She works closely with our partners and clients to create peer groups, executive total compensation market reviews and CEO, Board and Committee evaluations/ assessments. Nicole is a member of WorldatWork (WAW) and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). Nicole is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP). Nicole graduated with a BA from the University of Connecticut and prior to joining Haigh & Company, she worked in Corporate Events at SG Cowen. 

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Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone:

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