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Ian Keas

Mountain States Practice Leader

Ian Keas joined Longnecker & Associates in 2011 and is the Mountain States Practice Leader in the Denver office. Mr. Keas provides analytic consulting services for various organizations on compensation issues related to senior executive and director compensation programs, annual and long-term incentive plan designs, and Compensation Committee Charters and Compensation Discussion and Analysis disclosures. Mr. Keas graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Houston. He is also a member of WorldatWork, Houston Compensation & Benefits, Rocky Mountain Total Rewards Association, and NACD Colorado.

Executive Summary

Mr. Keas has over 5 years of consulting experience. Mr. Keas’ experience covers both private and publicly held companies across all industries, with specific emphasis on executive, board of director, and key employee compensation programs.

Executive Compensation Consulting Experience

  • Reviewed, analyzed, and designed competitive executive compensation programs including base salary, annual incentives, and long-term incentives.
  • Reviewed, analyzed, and designed competitive board of director compensation programs.
  • Conducted reviews on Annual Incentive programs and designed competitive bonus structures in both private and public companies.
  • Conducted reviews on Long-Term Incentive plans and designed competitive programs for public and private companies utilizing different delivery vehicles.
  • Designed compensation programs for companies involved in initial public offerings (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Reviewed and modeled stock option awards through Black-Scholes valuation.


  • Texas Monthly Magazine, Best Companies to Work for in Texas, 2011 – 2019, ranked in the top 3 for 2011 – 2014
  • Houston’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For 2014 and 2019
  • Houston Business Journal, Fast 100 List, 2018
  • Consulting Magazine, Fastest Growing Firms, 2017 and 2018
  • Houston Business Journal, Best Places to Work, 2010 – 2012 and 2017, ranked in the top 10 the first three years
  • Forbes, America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, 2016


Bachelor in Business Administration; Finance – University of Houston, Houston, Texas


Mountain States Practice Leader, Longnecker & Associates

Director, Longnecker & Associates
Manager, Longnecker & Associates
Senior Consultant, Longnecker & Associates
Consultant, Longnecker & Associates
Product Development, Igloo Products Corporation

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Keas is a member of WorldatWork, Houston Compensation & Benefits, Rocky Mountain Total Rewards Association, Colorado Nonprofit Association and Colorado
Bankers Association.

Certifications and Licences

Compensation Committee Certified (CCC) – Economic Research Institute

All Posts By Ian Keas

L&A Original Article: Process for Pay in “BK” (Bankruptcy)

FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURINGS, WHILE NOT AN ENJOYABLE PROCESS, ARE SOMETIMES A NECESSARY STEP TO ENSURE FUTURE FINANCIAL SUCCESS. In order to achieve a successful restructuring, companies need to deploy the right compensation strategies in this volatile environment that will retain and motivate key talent to see the process through. In this article, we review the tools available to companies going through...

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ISS ANNOUNCES POLICY UPDATES FOR 2019 PROXY SEASON For those unaware, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) announced updates to its 2019 benchmark proxy voting guidelines on November 19, 2018. This is the last step of their annual process wherein they review policies, solicit thoughts and input from various constituencies, and ultimately conclude any changes to be made ahead of the start...

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L&A Original Article: Timing Long-Term Incentives


Introduction We are now in the 8th year of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). Among other things, the implementation of Dodd-Frank meant the majority of public issuers had to learn to navigate the waters of shareholder advisory votes on executive compensation, better known as “Say on Pay”. Every year, management teams, boards of directors, outside...

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L&A Original Article: Incentive Plan Changes are Coming

Over the past eighteen months, discussions on incentive compensation structures have been taking on a different element at a rapid clip in boardrooms across the country – as a result of investor pressures in the energy industry, annual incentive and long-term incentive performance metrics are getting the full health physical treatment.  As we move into the second half of 2018,...

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L&A Original Article: CEO Pay Ratio – Winter is Coming


As explained in our original L&A article in this month's L-Blast, the rule requiring companies to disclose their CEO Pay Ratio was thought to be delayed or repealed but priority has been given to more important issues facing our country, preventing further actions on the pay ratio rule. But fear not, we at L&A are here to assist in the development of...

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L&A Original Article: Upcoming HR/Reward Legislations and How You Can Impact Congress

Federal legislation impacts all citizens. This is especially the case for rewards professionals, as they must navigate and implement rewards programs that are subject to new legislation once it becomes law. Last spring, when WorldatWork held its first Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., about a dozen attendees used the opportunity to visit their elected officials and staffers and discuss upcoming...

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L&A Original Article: The Future of Compensation and Corporate Governance Amid a Trump Presidency


One thing is for certain, the results of the election created a myriad of questions regarding the future of American politics. Less certain, though, is the level of impact the results will have on the futures of various executive compensation and corporate governance policies that have been at the forefront of discussions since outgoing President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall...

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