We were delighted to sponsor and present at the Global Equity Organisation's 2017 Pan European Regional Event in Berlin, where we were joined by seven expert speakers to lead three breakout sessions.​

To find out more about our sessions, simply scroll down the page.

Seven speakers, three sessions

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    One Plan to Unite the Workforce

    We talk the talk, but do we walk the walk? Learn how we launched our GEO award-winning ESPP, ‘One Plan’. Beginning with the underlying business drivers and objectives, this session charted One Plan’s story from conception through design, implementation and launch communications. With data and insight central to the process, learn how we used employee research commissioned from the London School of Economics to inform and validate key decisions and develop meaningful measures of success.

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  • Marcus McEvoy

    Marcus McEvoy

    Director of Client Management and Business Development, Computershare

    Marcus has held a number of director level positions across Business Development and Client Management both in the United Kingdom and Europe over the last four years. With over 20 years’ experience in financial services, Marcus's career experience includes various senior leadership roles within share plans for both Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Marcus is a coordinator for the Global Equity Organisation’s Spain Chapter and is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences.
  • Sian Yates

    Sian Yates


    Sian joined Computershare in 2016 as the HR Director for the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Ireland regions. She has over 20 years’ experience in financial services organisations and over 14 years working across the full range of HR specialisms. Sian focuses on driving strategic change and innovation in HR practice. Prior to Computershare, Sian was with Zurich Insurance for over 13 years and, more recently, worked for Conviviality Plc as their Group Reward Manager.
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    AGM Season 2017: The Trends and What They Tell Us About Shareholder Expectations and Remuneration

    Across continental Europe, contention surrounding executive remuneration has increased significantly during the 2017 AGM Season. Institutional investors around the globe have expressed a wide array of expectations, making it difficult for companies to work out what is best for their shareholders. This timely session focussed on the 2017 AGM Season and shed light on solutions to some of the challenges faced by issuers regarding remuneration. We heard directly from leading authorities who specialise in shareholder engagement and corporate governance as to their takeaways on overall vote turnout, rejected and contested resolutions and significant proxy advisor recommendations and what their expectations are for the coming year.

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  • Matthias Nau

    Matthias Nau

    Senior Account Manager, Georgeson

    Matthias joined Georgeson in January 2007 and works as Account Manager with our clients in the German-speaking market. Previously he trained with Dresdner Bank in Germany where he worked as Senior Financial Advisor for private clients and smaller companies for five years. In addition, he has worked for PBV Versicherung as a sales coach and Account Manager in Germany and gathered overseas experience at the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand and working in Australia.
  • Ingo Speich

    Ingo Speich

    CFA, Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH

    Ingo joined the equity portfolio management of Union Investment in August 2004 and he is responsible for Sustainable Investments, corporate governance and active engagement. After an apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank, he studied business administration at Boston University, University of Durham, European Business School and the University of Trier. Ingo received Diplom-Kaufmann and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees and he has successfully completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.
  • Daniele Vitale

    Daniele Vitale


    Daniele joined Georgeson in 2010 and specialises in corporate governance and executive remuneration analysis. Daniele has over a decade of experience advising institutional investors and corporations on corporate governance, executive remuneration and proxy voting issues. Previously he worked as Senior Researcher at PIRC Ltd, a London-based proxy advisory firm, and at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Deminor in Brussels.
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    Improving and Modernising Processes at Imperial Brands

    We all know there are times when improvements and efficiencies must get sidelined in place of simply following existing processes. But when budgetary or organisational pressures cause important changes to be sidelined for the longer term, these choices can significantly compromise your participants' experiences. In this case study session, we told the story of how one company has worked to improve and modernise their processes. See why having clear goals, determination and adaptability can deliver significant time savings, improved compliance and improvements in the overall participant experience.

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  • Colin Buchanan

    Colin Buchanan

    Associate Director > Client Management, Computershare

    Colin has 17 years’ experience in the share plan industry, across a variety of senior roles. Currently heading up a team of Senior Client Managers responsible for some of Computershare’s largest and most complex accounts, Colin has a deep understanding of the requirements to manage best in class discretionary and all-employee share plans.
  • Trevor Williams

    Trevor Williams

    Deputy Company Secretary, Imperial Brands

    Trevor Williams FCIS has worked for Imperial Brands for over 20 years, having first joined in 1996 as Assistant Company Secretary. He has been an integral part of the company’s industry-leading share plans, championing the launch of one of the industry's first international ShareSave scheme and optimising participants’ online experience.

About the GEO Pan European Regional Event

This year GEO hosted their Pan European Regional Event in the beautiful city of Berlin. The event is one of the world's premier educational and networking opportunities for strategic-minded employee share plan and executive compensation professionals.

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