Melissa Means is a Managing Director with Pearl Meyer & Partners in the Boston office.  Melissa’s areas of expertise include executive and non-employee Director compensation, as well as assisting companies in designing, implementing and communicating total compensation strategies, pay for performance alignment, and short- and long-term incentive compensation programs, while ensuring strategic shareholder and proxy advisory firm outreach.  Melissa works closely with Boards and management teams in addressing many issues including governance practices, executive transitions and succession planning, contractual arrangements and aligning pay with business strategies. She specializes in working with firms ranging in size from small, private and pre-IPO organizations to large multi-national companies across many different industries such as materials, industrials, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, healthcare, information technology, and biotechnology.  Melissa assists Pearl Meyer & Partners with its marketing and brand awareness efforts.

Melissa is a partner with over 17 years of experience in executive and Board compensation.  Prior to joining Pearl Meyer & Partners, Melissa held compensation consulting positions at William M. Mercer and Towers Perrin.  She also served as a Director of Compensation and Benefits for a pre-IPO company and the Manager of Compensation for a $10 billion for-profit healthcare organization. 

Eager to give back to her professional community, Melissa is a speaker and writer on executive and non-employee Director compensation topics. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Equity Professional.  She is a member, author and article reviewer for WorldatWork and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. She is a member, author, and speaker for the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England and National), where she also served on the Program Committee.  She is a member of The Boston Club and serves on the Corporate Board Committee and chairs the Corporate Advisory Board Committee.  Melissa is also a member of the Woman Corporate Directors.  Melissa grew-up in Ohio and earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Miami University.

Despite her demanding professional life, Melissa has a passion for being a part of organizations whose mission is to help others, as well as give back to the community and their constituency.  Melissa is a member of the Board of Trustees for a 100-year old music school in the greater Boston area and is a Committee member for Susan G. Komen’s Massachusetts Affiliate annual Race for the Cure Event.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, riding bicycles, swimming, doing puzzles, reading adventure and mystery books, flower arranging, baking and traveling around the world experiencing different cultures.  Melissa has traveled to some amazing places such as France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Spain, Turkey, and Brazil, to name a few.

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