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John Bagdonas - GEO Board of Directors Elections 2017

John Bagdonas is standing for re-election to the GEO Board of Directors!


We are very proud to announce our very own John Bagdonas is standing for re-election to the @globalequityorg Board of Directors!

Voting is now open for members of the Global Equity Organization by logging on at this link:

Please find below John’s nomination statement, info on his 100% engagement record and background. Thank you for supporting John Bagdonas!

John’s nomination statement
“GEO has come a long way in its 18 years of existence – from humble beginnings as a not-for-profit startup in 1999, to the present day global organization of more than 3,600 individual members representing over 1,100 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 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 18 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, 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 continued to be able to expand our brand and member services over the last few 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 18 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 100% engagement record

John has an excellent engagement record as an existing member of the Board of the Global Equity Organization from July 2016 – June 2017:

Board Meeting Attendance (%) 100%
Committee Meeting Attendance (%) 100%
Total Meeting Attendance (%) 100%

Some background on John:
Title: John P. Bagdonas, CEP, Senior Vice President Business Development at Global Shares

Based in Jersey City, 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 Cyber Security 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.

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