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GEO Board Elections – Vote for John!

Vote for John Bagdonas!

GEO Board Election Voting now open



Our colleague John Bagdonas – Sr. Vice President Business Development United States – has been an active member of the Global Equity Organization (GEO) since its inception in 1999. His 3-year term on the Board of GEO is now coming to an end and John is seeking re-election for a further 3 years.

John would very much like to continue to be part of GEO’s future and help “write the next chapter” in GEO’s continuing evolution.  

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the GEO Board and I am excited about this opportunity to continue helping GEO and its members share in our continued global growth and local chapter development efforts.

Key points from John’s re-election campaign:

  • John is passionate about equity compensation and shares GEO’s not-for-profit dedication to advancing knowledge and understanding of the industry worldwide 
  • Vastly experienced equity compensation professional with almost 20 years working in the Industry
  • Multi-term member of the GEO Board and long standing member of the Finance, GEO Award and Election Committees. 
  • Recipient of the 2012 Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contribution in Support of GEO.
  • Frequent speaker and author on industry topics, participating in many share plan related panels and conferences in the US and internationally
  • 100% attendance record at GEO Board Meetings 2014-12015 
  • Excited about the future for GEO and keen to be re-elected at Board Level for a new term


Read John’s full Nomination Statement and Biography below!
Voting is now open to GEO Members.
Please vote for John at this link before the 12th of June deadline:

Thank you,

Global Shares

John’s Nomination Statement

GEO has come a long way in its 16 years of existence – from humble beginnings as a not-for-profit startup in 1999, to the present day global organization of more than 4,500 individual members representing over 1,500 companies and professional firms in more than 60 countries around the world. GEO has truly become the preeminent membership-driven organization for the advocacy of equity compensation and the representation of global share plan practitioners and their issues.

As a GEO member since the beginning, I have been fortunate to watch the evolution and transformation of GEO both as a participating member, and more recently, as a member of the Board of Directors. Although many things have changed in the past 16 years, one point remains constant – GEO has always remained true to its core Mission –

“The Global Equity Organization (GEO) is a member-founded and member-driven not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of equity compensation worldwide through a global community of well-informed professionals. GEO provides its members – regardless of location, position or affiliation – opportunities to share and learn about the strategic, governance, financial, cultural, legal, tax, communication and administrative issues affecting equity-based employee compensation around the world, from the fundamentals to the latest market intelligence.”This consistent approach has enabled GEO to become what it is today – a truly member-driven organization that takes it direction based on the needs and interests of its members. GEO continues to remain true to its core in the services it provides to its membership, as well as in the content that is developed for local chapter, national or international conference events.It has been particularly gratifying for me to witness GEO’s success and accomplishments over the last several years. As a Board Member and as a member of the Finance and GEO Award Committees, I have seen first-hand the accomplishments GEO has made in becoming the unequivocal industry leader and focal point for international stock plan issues and professionals. Even though we’ve been faced with a challenging global economy and the tightening of corporate budgets, we have nonetheless enjoyed annualized revenue growth of 6.1% over the past three years, and have firmly established the NECF brand and annual conference as the preeminent US event for equity compensation professionals.

I have also thoroughly enjoyed my time on the GEO Board and I am excited about this opportunity to continue helping GEO and its members share in our continued global growth and local chapter development efforts. GEO has always been a grass-roots organization whose vibrancy is dependent on the contributions and ideas of its members. It is this spirit of volunteerism and the organizational ethos of giving-back that I enjoy most about GEO and in helping to advance the collective mission of our membership.

Considering all that GEO has accomplished over the past 16 years, there is still much work to do — I would very much like to continue to be part of GEO’s future and help “write the next chapter” in GEO’s continuing evolution in support of its mission to serve the needs of its membership and industry professionals alike.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

 John’s Biography

Based in New Jersey, John is responsible for North American new business development for Global Shares. As the leading independent provider of outsourced stock plan administration services, Global Shares offers global employee equity plan and related consulting and software services to both public and private companies around the world. John’s background and vast experience as an industry expert continues to help feed the growth of Global Shares’ client base, currently representing companies headquartered on six continents, trading on 23 global exchanges, with participants in over 100 countries.

Prior to joining Global Shares, John was an independent share plans advisor who worked with issuers and service providers in helping advance their plan offerings and support of equity compensation. John’s client services included strategic business review, implementation support, business development consulting, cross-border plan design, and compliance review. He also assisted clients with project management support and resource requirement definition for new plan activities and product technologies.

Previously, John was the North American lead responsible for the development of cross-border employee plan opportunities at Computershare, where he worked with global prospects and clients to develop integrated, cost-effective plan solutions for their multi-regional participants. Prior to its acquisition by Computershare, John was Product Manager for Employee Stock Plan Services at EquiServe, where he was responsible for defining the strategic product offerings for share plan clients and their employees in more than 150 countries.

John is a frequent speaker and author on industry topics, and has participated on many share plan related panels and conferences, both internationally and in the US. John is a member of The Global Equity Organization (GEO) Board of Directors and currently serves on the Finance and GEO Awards Committees of the Board. He has also previously served as Chair of the Election Committee and as CFO and Treasurer. John was the recipient of the 2012 Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contribution in Support of GEO.

John is a past member of the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University’s Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI). He earned his CEP credential in 1999. He is also a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), the Global Equity Organization (GEO), the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and has participated in ifs ProShare sponsored events in the UK. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was awarded (with distinction) an M.B.A. in Finance from Adelphi University.

Questions on GEO’s Board Elections?

Please direct any questions regarding the election to GEO’s Election Chair, Dennis Paalman at or Danyle Anderson, GEO’s Executive Director, at

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