Michael Schoonmaker
The goal of performance-based programs should be attracting, motivating and retaining employees.

Michael T. Schoonmaker

EY Americas People Advisory Services Reward Leader

Leader of the EY total reward resources in the Americas. Focused on aligning compensation and benefits with business objectives. Father. Avid reader. Runner.

As EY Americas People Advisory Services Reward Leader, Michael has deep knowledge in the application of the Golden Parachute Rules as well as in the structuring of go-forward compensation arrangements considering business objectives, market practice, tax and accounting.

With nearly 20 years of experience in consulting for clients in the financial services industry regarding equity and incentive compensation, he is seasoned in market practice, tax, accounting and compliance with incentive compensation and risk rules as well as regulations.

A member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, Michael earned his JD in Tax Law and Taxation from Fordham University School of Law, and his BA in Political Science and Government from Marist College.

How Michael is building a better working world 

“Following the pack is not necessarily the best approach in coming up with a compensation and benefit design. In my work, I stress that compensation and benefit programs should be specifically tailored to a client’s business objectives, whether in a transaction, transformation or otherwise. This, I believe, helps me contribute to building a better working world.”  

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