Ann Bares

CroppedAnnIn addition to founding and serving as Editor of Compensation Cafe, Ann is the author of Compensation Force and Managing Partner of Altura Consulting Group, LLC. She has over 20 years of experience consulting in the areas of compensation and performance management.

Through her consulting practice, Ann works with a wide range of client organizations in auditing, designing and implementing executive compensation plans, base salary structures, incentive compensation programs, sales compensation plans, and performance management systems.

Ann received her B.A. from The College of St. Catherine and her M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ann is a frequent speaker to industry and professional groups, and has authored numerous articles, on the topics of compensation and performance management. She is an active member of WorldatWork and the Twin Cities Compensation Network.  She has also served as an instructor for the University of Minnesota and has adjunct faculty at Concordia University.

You can reach Ann via email at or follow her on Twitter at @annbares.

Margaret O’Hanlon

MargaretCafePic2In addition to her role as a Compensation Cafe contributor, Margaret is founder and principal of re:Think Consulting.  She has decades of experience teaming up with clients to ensure great Human Resource ideas deliver valuable business results.  She has worked with early-phase and Fortune 500 companies, as well as universities, non-profits and local firms.

Before she founded re:Think Consulting, Margaret was an Principal in Total Rewards Communications with Towers Perrin, a global human resource management consulting firm.  Early in her career, Margaret was a Faculty Advisor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Margaret started her undergraduate work at NYU, and finished with honors in English at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Continuing her studies at that campus, she also earned an M.S. and Ed.S. in Instructional Technology.

You can reach Margaret via email at

Dan Walter

Dan profile avatarDan Walter, CEP, is the President and CEO of Performensation. He has more than 18 years of experience assisting companies with both executive and broad-based compensation programs. Dan provides end-to-end solutions for private and public companies based in both the United States and abroad. He has worked extensively with companies around the world.  The companies he works with range in size from entrepreneurial start-ups to established Fortune 100 companies, giving his clients with a unique perspective on compensation issues. Dan’s expertise includes equity compensation, executive programs, performance-based pay and talent management issues. His experience with these programs includes: diagnosis, design, communication, administration and reporting. He has experience with all forms of equity including stock options, restricted shares and units, stock purchase and performance-based programs. His executive compensation experience includes benchmarking, short and long-term incentive program design, proxy disclosure reporting and total-reward evaluations. Dan has been the architect of software solutions and has significant experience in the administrative and technological best practices for these programs.

Dan is a highly sought after and nationally recognized speaker who provides entertaining and informative presentations on a broad range of topics. He is a Board Member for the National Center for Employee Ownership and is active with a wide range of industry organizations. He is also the founder of Equity Compensation Experts (ECE), a global networking group with more 1,400 professional members who interact with equity compensation programs as a function of their jobs. The ECE is one of the largest networks of share-based compensation experts in the world.

Dan is a coauthor of “The Decision Makers Guide to Equity Compensation” and “Beyond Stock Options” (Equity Compensation Alternatives) and is an active contributor to Quora, FoundersSpace, and various other web resources.

You can reach Dan by email at or follow him on Twitter at @Performensation.