Steve Cross joined the Firm in 2012, upon FW Cook's acquisition of Cogent Compensation Partners, a Houston-based executive compensation consulting firm he founded.
For over 25 years, Steve has served as the outside advisor to the board of directors and executive management in the design and ongoing administration of executive compensation programs. He provides independent advice to clients on a full range of topics related to executive compensation such as: annual and long-term incentive plan design, equity compensation, severance arrangements, corporate governance, compensation strategy, competitive analysis, public disclosures, and foreign domicile related issues. He has served a wide range of clients that include publicly traded as well as privately held companies, ranging in size from small cap to Fortune 100.
Prior to founding Cogent Compensation Partners, Steve was the market leader for Mercer's executive compensation practice in Houston. He also spent 10 years at KPMG where he was the Partner in Charge of the executive compensation consulting practice for the Southwest Region.
He has written numerous articles, contributed to the publication of books, and spoken many times on the subject of compensation. He has been a regular guest lecturer on the subject of compensation and corporate governance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.