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About Don Delves

  • June 11, 2019

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Don Delves is a Director with Towers Watson in the Executive Compensation Line of Business and specializes in advising family and closely held businesses. Based in Chicago, Don is a leading expert and highly sought-after consultant and speaker on corporate governance and executive pay and performance, with over twenty-five years’ experience consulting with major corporate boards and executive teams across the country. Don leads Willis Towers Watson’s Closely Held Business Practice and is a recognized expert on principles-based corporate governance, incentive design, performance measurement and value creation.

Don is frequently interviewed and cited as an expert in major media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, The Today Show, CNBC and NPR.

In 2001, Don founded The Delves Group, a Chicago-based consultancy dedicated to working with corporate boards and compensation committees to improve their effectiveness. Prior to founding The Delves Group, he was Managing Director of iQuantic’s Chicago office, partner at Sibson and Company, and an executive compensation consultant with Towers Perrin. He had previously worked with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Don holds a doctorate in education in principles-based corporate governance from Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from DePauw University. He writes and speaks regularly on management, executive pay and governance at a variety of organizations including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Equilar, NACD, NASPP, and teaches principles-based leadership at the Wright Graduate University. Don serves on the boards of The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, the Private Directors Association, the Wright Graduate University, and The Advisory Council of The 100 Year Starship. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a past president of the Chicago Compensation Association.