Dana W. Etra

Principal & Head of Boston Office

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Boston, MA
P: 781.591.3398

Dana Etra joined the firm in 2013 when the Boston office opened. She has broad experience in executive and board compensation, advising a diverse range of organizations on all aspects of compensation strategy and program design, including corporate governance considerations and tax, accounting, securities law, and other regulatory implications. 

Dana works with clients of all sizes and industries, including large publicly-traded companies, smaller publicly-traded companies, private companies, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as companies planning an IPO. She supports many companies with overlapping industry profiles and talent markets and works with clients to create custom, company-specific compensation philosophies and holistic remuneration programs that support strategic compensation objectives. She specializes in designing effective short- and long-term incentive plans and assisting clients with cross-industry compensation issues.

Dana serves as a guest lecturer on executive compensation and governance-related topics to various professional groups (e.g., NASPP, New England Compensation Consortium) and has published articles through WorldatWork. Prior to joining the firm, she was a consultant at Pearl Meyer & Partners.

Relevant Experience

  • Startup & Pre-IPO Compensation Design
  • Mergers and Spin-Offs
  • Pharma / Biotech
  • Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Contract Research / Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations and "Intermediate Sanctions" Reasonableness Opinions

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Event | April 11, 2019

Proxy Season: Significant Trends and Updates in 2019
By Dana W. Etra, Principal & Head of Boston Office

Event | March 20, 2014
Stamford, CT

Compensation Spotlights for 2014
By Dana W. Etra, Principal & Head of Boston Office

Event | December 20, 2013
Framingham, MA

Compensation Spotlights for 2014
By Dana W. Etra, Principal & Head of Boston Office


Research Report | March 31, 2016
Executive Severance and Change-In-Control Practices
By Dana W. Etra, Tamar Buten, Erin Bass-Goldberg
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