Pearl Meyer & Partners, LLC at a Glance


  • "Location, flexibility and large salary."
  • "Talented colleagues, a bright future with lots of up-side, and a competitive compensation package."
  • "Independence, support from peers, low fences."
  • "Lots of autonomy."


  • "The work can lack variety at times."
  • "Lack of formal training/development regimen."
  • "Bonus program can be rather opaque at times."
  • "Unpredictable nature of client work."

The Buzz

  • Thought leaders in the industry
  • Dedicated niche player

About Pearl Meyer & Partners, LLC


How much are you worth?

For more than two decades, Pearl Meyers & Partners (PM&P) has provided compensation consulting services and compensation survey data to clients ranging from Fortune 500s to emerging, high-growth companies and not-for-profits. At a time when executive pay is under the regulatory microscope and shareholders are demanding more value for their money, PM&P promises a comprehensive approach to compensation planning. The firm's 100-plus professionals work with boards and senior management to create reward strategies and broad-based compensation programs for employees and sales professionals. 

All of the firm's core practices deal with compensation, with consulting services that range from compensation strategy design to implementation and communication of pay programs. Capabilities include compensation philosophy and guiding principles, salary programs, annual short-term and long-term incentives, value creation and performance measurement, contracts, severance agreements, change-in-control arrangements, equity programs, competitive intelligence and compensation surveys. The firm also conducts extensive research, ensuring that it can serve as an up-to-date resource with trustworthy benchmarking.


Winding path to PM&P

PM&P was founded in 1989 and acquired in 2000 by Clark Consulting. Seven years later, in March 2007, AEGON N.V., a Dutch life insurance and pension group, bought out Clark Consulting. Under a special asset exchange agreement between Clark Consulting and AEGON, PM&P and other divisions that had been part of Clark Consulting were sold to Clark Wamberg, LLC, an investor group created to absorb the former Clark Consulting assets made up of Clark Consulting executives Tom Wamberg, Jim Benson and Ken Kies. Once the M&A dust settled, in May 2007, David N. Swinford, then head of PM&P's New York office, succeeded Joseph R. Rich as the firm's CEO and president.


Lay of the land

Knowing what your competition is paying its executives and employees is important to keep the right people in the right jobs. PM&P's compensation survey practice publishes the CHiPS compensation survey series, managed surveys, as well as custom surveys. The CHiPS family of surveys are broad studies that provide data on segments of the employee population, such as recent college grads, customer-focused positions and, of course, upper-level executives and managers. Managed surveys look at specialized job areas, such as scientists and engineers, or salaries within outsourcing environments. PM&P's custom surveys are usually designed to tackle a single organization's unique employee population segments, which may have unique credentials or backgrounds that would make benchmarking difficult. PM&P also conducts custom surveys; for example, a company employing a large number of expatriates, or with positions requiring high skill and experience, may require a more focused or specialized competitive assessment. All surveys are available in print and online formats.


A recognized resource

A longtime provider of compensation information and services, industry professionals have come to rely on PM&P for its expertise and advice, which the firm offers via research reports, articles and white papers, "As We See It" perspective pieces on industry trends and client alerts, which offer technical advice on compensation developments in the disclosure, tax and accounting areas. 

PM&P consultants also regularly participate in industry events and conferences, and are regularly quoted in industry publications-such as Directorship, Workspan, Compliance Week, Financial Week, Pension & Benefits Daily and CFO-and in mainstream media, such as AP, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the New York Post, and the Washington Post.



January 2014 

Communication Services Launch

The firm announced that Sharon Podstupka, a long-time specialist in the strategic communication of complex executive compensation programs to key internal and external stakeholders, joined the firm as a Vice President in its New York office.  In conjunction with this strategic hire, the firm also launched a new suite of executive communication services to help clients develop executive compensation communication strategies based on their unique business and leadership development strategies and pay program designs.

Check out the Press Release and our Communication Services Page.


Spring 2014 

Joint Thought Leadership Report with WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)

The inaugural report of WomenCorporateDirectors' Thought Leadership Council addresses five key challenges for Boards seeking to more directly align their executive compensation practices with their key business strategies.  Pearl Meyer & Partners chaired the report Going Beyond Best Practices: The Role of the Board in Effectively Motivating and Rewarding Executivesand is a permanent member of the newly formed Council.


Check out the Press Release and our Report page with the full report and Video.


Pearl Meyer & Partners Invites Directors to Raise the Bar

We believe strongly that Directors today need to go beyond so-called best practices, beyond check-the-box compliance, and beyond the obvious to ensure executive pay programs meet their organizations' unique strategic and talent needs.


Our latest article, The Compensation Committee Agenda: Raising the Bar, focuses on specific and practical recommendations for how Compensation Committees can get there by closely addressing five related fundamentals of good pay design and governance.

Check out the full article.


New Relationship with Harvard University

Pearl Meyer & Partners entered into a relationship with the Harvard Law School for Corporate Governance.  President and CEO, David Swinford was appointed to the Program on Corporate Governance Advisory Board.  The Program on Corporate Governance seeks to foster research and discussion by individuals holding a wide range of views on corporate governance issues.

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Pearl Meyer & Partners, LLC

570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 644-2300
Fax: (212) 644-2320


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President & CEO: David N. Swinford
  • 2014 Employees: 130

  • Employment Contact
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  • Major Departments & Practices
    Board Compensation Compensation – Related Governance Executive Compensation

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • London
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