Thomas M. Haines

Managing Director

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Chicago, IL
P: 312.332.0910

Thomas M. Haines is a shareholder in the Firm and has over 29 years of board-level consulting experience in the design and implementation of executive and outside director compensation programs. Tom’s consulting experience extends over a broad range of company sizes and industries, and includes projects such as total compensation reviews, annual and long-term incentive plan designs, special retention arrangements, new hire and retirement / resignation packages, and equity conversions and change-in-control provisions in connection with business acquisitions and divestitures.

Representative clients include Amsted Industries, Career Education, Cott Corporation, Deluxe Corporation, Ecolab, Emerson Electric, Kellogg, Kemper, Linde plc, Materion, Old Republic International, PPG Industries, TCF Financial, TransUnion, United Fire Group, Waste Management, and WEC Energy Group.

Tom is a technical expert in the areas of federal tax and securities laws and U.S. accounting standards as they pertain to executive compensation, and is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics. Tom co-authored a book for the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) titled “Accounting for Equity Compensation” that was a required text for the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) program. Tom is a member of the teaching faculty at WorldatWork where he is a Technical Advisor and teaches advanced courses on executive compensation to industry professionals, and authors their publication on SEC executive compensation proxy disclosure rules now in its fifth edition. Tom also oversees the Firm’s proprietary survey database of large-company long-term incentive award levels and design provisions.

Previously, Tom was a Manager in the Minneapolis office tax practice of Ernst & Young where he worked for 5 years.

Relevant Experience

  • Compensation Committee Advisor
  • Total Compensation Reviews
  • Strategic Incentives
  • Specific Plan Reviews
  • Restructuring Services
  • Competitive Comparisons
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • “Intermediate Sanctions” Reviews
  • Ownership Programs
  • Director Compensation
  • Equity Incentives
  • Performance Measurement
  • Regulatory Services
  • Private Companies/Pre-IPO
  • Globalization
  • Shareowner Voting Issues

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Event | February 11, 2020

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) EVA Updates: What you need to know
By Lanaye Dworak, Thomas M. Haines

Event | October 15, 2018
Columbus, OH

Advanced Concepts in Executive Compensation
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director

Event | October 4, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

What Color is Your Parachute? Executive Compensation in M&A
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director

Event | September 12, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

Executive Compensation Immersion Program
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director


Alert | July 10, 2018
Accounting for Stock Compensation Under FASB ASC Topic 718
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director
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Alert | July 10, 2018
FASB Issues Accounting Standards Update on Stock Compensation Granted to Nonemployees
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director
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Blog | July 9, 2018
SEC Relaxes Threshold for Qualifying as a Smaller Reporting Company
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director
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Alert | September 18, 2017
Accounting for Stock Compensation Under FASB ASC Topic 718
By Thomas M. Haines, Managing Director
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