Melissa Means
United States
Managing Director, Pearl Meyer

Work Has Changed: Has Your Board?

Melissa Means is a managing director in Pearl Meyer’s Boston office with over 20 years of experience. Melissa’s areas of expertise include executive and non-employee director compensation, designing, implementing and communicating total compensation strategies, pay for performance alignment, and short- and long-term incentive compensation programs. Melissa works closely with boards and management teams in addressing issues including governance practices, executive transitions, succession planning, and aligning pay with business strategies.

She specializes in working with firms ranging in size from small, private and pre-IPO organizations to large multi-national companies across many different industries including materials/industrials, consumer, healthcare, information technology, and biotechnology. In being in the boardroom most days with different clients, Melissa also helps provide context to boards on group behavioral interactions among the board and with management.

Eager to give back to her professional community, Melissa is a speaker and writer on executive and non-employee director compensation topics. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Equity Professional. She is a member, author and article reviewer for WorldatWork and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. She is a member, author, and speaker for the National Association of Corporate Directors, where she also served on the Program Committee. She is a member of The Boston Club, served on the Corporate Board Committee and chaired the Corporate Advisory Board Committee. Melissa is also a member of the Woman Corporate Directors. Melissa was recently named to the Agenda Compensation 100, a listing of top board-ready professionals who make terrific compensation committee members.

Despite her demanding professional life, Melissa has a passion for being a part of organizations whose mission is to help others, as well as give back to the community and their constituency. Melissa is a member of the Board of Trustees for a 100-year old music school in the greater Boston area and served as a committee member for Susan G. Komen’s Massachusetts Affiliate annual Race for the Cure Event.