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James V. Hughes is a Consultant with Grahall, LLC. For over 25 years, he has served as an independent advisor to senior management, Boards and Compensation Committees in the discharge of their ongoing responsibilities related to executive compensation as well as in special transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, spins and bankruptcies.
His expertise spans multiple industries, including technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, transportation and gaming. He also assists companies and law firms by providing litigation support services and serving as an expert witness in his areas of expertise.
Mr. Hughes areas of expertise include competitive compensation evaluation, annual and long-term incentives including equity-based incentive design, implementation, and communication. Incentive plan design includes performance metric evaluation. He also has extensive experience negotiating and implementing employment agreements and change-in-control arrangements, as well as the computation of golden parachute payments. He also works with management and the Board in communication of the total compensation strategy and programs to shareholders through proxy disclosure.
Mr. Hughes was previously a Partner and head of the Western Region of Arthur Andersen LLP’s Compensation Strategy and Equity Incentives Group until 2002. He then joined Pearl Meyer & Partners where he served as Senior Managing Director and head of Pearl Meyer & Partners’ Los Angeles office and as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Managers until 2010. He was most recently head of Steven Hall & Associates western region.
Mr. Hughes has been a frequent speaker at various conferences sponsored by Corporate Directors Club, The Conference Board, and Directors Roundtable, The NYSE/Corporate Board Member, and Bank Executive and Director.
Mr. Hughes has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Georgia where he also acquired a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation from its J.M. Tull School of Accounting. He was a Certified Public Accountant and has memberships in professional national, state and local organizations.