Louis C. Taormina

Managing Director

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New York, NY
P: 212.299.3717

Lou Taormina’s career as an executive compensation consultant spans more than two decades, exclusively at FW Cook where he has risen to the level of Managing Director.  Lou works directly with corporate board of directors and senior management providing executive compensation consulting services, particularly as it relates to the design and ongoing administration of compensation programs.   

During his career at FW Cook, Lou has worked with a broad collection of clients in a variety of industries, as well as start-up organizations.  His legal background is of added value on matters relating to employment agreements, severance and change in control arrangements, SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, and equity incentive plan design and disclosure.

Lou has also authored numerous research reports and articles on compensation-related topics and is a frequent speaker at compensation forums throughout the country.  In addition, Lou serves as a Trustee of the Florida State University Foundation, whose members are committed to building successful partnerships with the university and its many generous supporters.  References are available upon request.

Relevant Experience

  • Banking
  • Building Products
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Materials
  • Media/Interactive Home Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Utilities
  • Total Compensation Reviews
  • Incentive Plan Design
  • Director Compensation
  • Severance Packages
  • Transaction Issues (IPO, Merger, Spin-off)
  • Shareholder Voting Issues/Outreach
  • CD&A Drafting/Review

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Event | November 17, 2022

Executive Compensation Primer
By Louis C. Taormina, Managing Director

Event | September 16, 2022
New York, NY or Virtual

Equity Compensation Planning for 2023 Amid Market Volatility
By Louis C. Taormina, Managing Director

Event | June 7, 2022
Coronado, CA

The Equity Compensation Landscape in 2022
By Louis C. Taormina, Managing Director

Event | November 23, 2021

Executive Compensation and Pay-for-Performance Primer
By Louis C. Taormina, Managing Director


Article | January 29, 2023
Equity Grants in Volatile Times
By Corporate Board Member with FW Cook Thought Leadership By Louis C. Taormina and Rachel Chiu
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Blog | August 13, 2021
SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Rule
By Louis C. Taormina, Rebecca Jordan
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Alert | June 24, 2015
Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure - SEC Comment Letter
By Samantha Nussbaum, Louis C. Taormina
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Alert | May 1, 2015
SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Disclosure Rules
By Samantha Nussbaum, Louis C. Taormina
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