Clark Consulting Announces New Executive Benefits Thought Leadership Series

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Journalist Richard Bierck, in an initial paper for Clark Consulting's 2010 thought leadership series, discusses and identifies "good governance" in a changing compensation and benefits landscape, and how it affects Board of Directors decisions. In the paper, he looks at nonqualifed deferred compensation (NQDC) plans, SERPs and other forms of deferred compensation (DCP) plans.

Clark Consulting, LLC, a leader in executive benefit plan design and informal funding, announced today the first of a series of thought leadership pieces that deal with executive benefits and deferred compensation plans.

Richard Bierck, a journalist who has written about executive benefits for US News & World Report as well as Forbes and Bloomberg, presents the first paper, entitled, ''Changing Compensation and Benefit Landscape Means Board of Directors Work in a 'Temblor Zone'.''

In this piece, Bierck identifies the principles that “good governance” type organizations believe should guide executive compensation decisions and highlights areas where boards can improve the “optics” of their company’s executive compensation practices even in today’s active governance/regulatory fault zone, which he calls “The Temblor Zone.” “The Temblor Zone” is a reference to the phenomenon of a “temblor” -- a shaking of the ground during earthquakes when existing structures may be shaken or even toppled.

In his article, commissioned by Clark Consulting, Bierck interviews a number of corporate governance experts and leaders of “good corporate citizenship” boards in an attempt to define the direction good executive benefit plans should follow.

The report is available through Clark Consulting independent consultants and at

Clark Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Dallas, is an AEGON company. AEGON N.V. is an international life insurance, pension and investment group based in The Hague, The Netherlands, with businesses in over twenty markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Clark Consulting is a leading source of strategic financing solutions such as bank owned life insurance (BOLI) and corporate owned life insurance (COLI) for inefficiently funded and unfunded liabilities that result from executive and employee benefit programs.

Since 1967, Clark Consulting has helped place thousands of benefit plans and serves as the record keeper for billions in assets for leading American corporations and banks.


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