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Robert James

Managing Director
Executive and Broad-Based Compensation
Annual and Long-Term Incentive Design
Private Company Compensation
Compensation-Related Tax, Legal, and Accounting Issues
SEC Disclosure and Compliance
BSc, University of Manchester, UK
Certified Equity Professional (CEP)
Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)
Decision Styles Assessment

Commitment to Clients

As a trusted advisor to clients, I work collaboratively with the board and senior management to ensure that compensation programs are optimally aligned with the business and support long-term value creation for stakeholders.


Rob is a managing director with Pearl Meyer with over 12 years of experience in executive compensation and finance. He serves as a trusted advisor to boards and senior management at public and private firms across North America. He specializes in working with emerging and high growth companies that are pursuing or have recently completed a transaction, such as an IPO or deSPAC. He often works with clients to help them prepare for an IPO and in the design of equity programs across each stage in their lifecycle, including pre-and-post IPO. Rob works with companies in all industries, but he has in-depth knowledge and expertise in designing compensations strategies for organizations in technology, fintech, green tech, and life science/biotech.

Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Rob was a co-founding partner at Echelon Compensation Partners, an independent consulting firm specializing in executive and broad-based compensation at privately held and publicly traded companies, and a director at Farient Advisors in Los Angeles. He is a Certified Executive Compensation Professional, a distinction awarded by WorldatWork for excellence in the field, and a Certified Equity Professional, which is the only internationally recognized equity compensation designation focusing on taxation, accounting, securities laws, and administration of equity-based incentive programs.

Rob holds a BSc. with honors degree in international management with American business studies from the University of Manchester, UK.

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