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Joe McNeal

Joe McNeal

Managing Director
Executive Compensation Benchmarking
Incentive Plan Design
IPO Readiness
Life Sciences and High Technology Industries
Corporate Governance and Investor Relations
BA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
MSc, London School of Economics

Commitment to Clients

Hyper-competitive labor markets, in-demand skill sets, and shifting governance requirements and shareholder activism at unprecedented levels: For all these reasons, companies need innovation, creativity, and consistency when designing and implementing pay programs. As a seasoned advisor to the technology and life sciences sectors, my commitment to clients is to build thoughtful pay schemes that align with the business strategy while ensuring outcomes that are defensible to all stakeholders.


Joe McNeal is a managing director in Pearl Meyer’s executive compensation consulting practice. Joe advises management teams and compensation committees on a broad range of issues and has deep expertise in the high technology and life sciences sectors. His clients range from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

With over 15 years' experience, Joe specializes in developing executive pay strategies, short- and long-term incentive plan design, and broader human capital management matters. He has supported clients dealing with disclosure/regulatory issues, technical accounting issues, equity award valuation, and say-on-pay considerations. As an advisor to high-growth companies in the knowledge economy, Joe has significant experience guiding companies to and through a public transition via IPO and SPAC transactions. 

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