Professor Charles Elson
Professor Charles Elson is one of the foremost experts on director stock compensation and on the role of the board in setting management pay and corporate governance. He is both a highly respected professor and director of two public companies.
He is the Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Professor of Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. Professor Elson is also a founder of the university's Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and served as the center's director for many years. Formerly, he was a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is "Of Counsel" to the Tampa office of Holland & Knight. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the Stetson faculty, he practiced for several years with the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he specialized in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.
Professor Elson has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law; is a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC; and is a member of the American Law Institute. He has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors and, more specifically, director compensation. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.
He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, and Audit Committees and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. Additionally, Professor Elson has served as an advisor and consultant to Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), an international HR management consultantcy, and as a director of Circon Corporation, a medical-products maker.
He is presently on the board of directors at Encompass Health and at Blue Bell Creameries.