Matt Ward is a Managing Director at Board Advisory, LLC. He is an attorney and CPA, and for 30 years has provided consulting services in strategic annual and long-term incentive plan design for employees of both publicly traded and private companies. Matt serves clients in a variety of industries, ranging in size and complexity from small start-up enterprises to many Fortune 100 firms, with a special emphasis on life sciences, medical device and high-technology companies. He has extensive experience with compensation planning issues resulting from private equity transactions, mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and IP licensing. Matt has also worked with nonprofit organizations to evaluate the appropriateness of their executive and staff compensation packages.
Matt speaks frequently around the country, is quoted extensively, and has published writings on a variety of key compensation subjects. He has served as a recurring expert panelist on executive compensation and corporate governance for compensation committee members at the Directors College at Stanford Law School.
Before becoming an owner of Board Advisory, LLC, Matt was National Practice Leader, Compensation Consulting at Barney & Barney, LLC. Before that, he was Senior Vice President at Radford, an Aon Hewitt company. Prior to that, Matt founded and was CEO of WestWard Pay Strategies, Inc., which he sold to Radford in 2003. He served as Executive Compensation Practice Leader for The Wyatt Company. Before that, Matt was an executive compensation consultant with Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., and wrote many of the technical papers published by the Cook organization during his tenure. Before becoming an executive compensation consultant, Matt was in private law practice in Chicago, worked in international tax at Peat Marwick, and was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Chapman & Cutler.
Matt graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing accounting and finance from DePaul University. He received a law degree from the University of Utah, where he was a William H. Leary Scholar and member of the Utah Law Review.