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Yonat Assayag


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Yonat Assayag is a founding Partner of ClearBridge Compensation Group. She has over twenty years of experience consulting with Boards and senior management on executive compensation strategy and design, aligning the interests of companies and shareholders to support sustainable business results.

Yonat has extensive experience designing annual and long-term incentive plans, with a focus on goal setting and performance measurement, as well as advising on governance/regulatory issues and outside director compensation programs. She works with publicly-traded and privately-held companies across a wide array of industries, including financial services, media and entertainment, professional services, retail and technology, and has significant experience providing compensation advice in special situations such as mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, IPOs and SPACs.

A regular speaker on executive compensation issues, Yonat’s speaking engagements have included the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE), The Conference Board, Equilar, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) and WorldatWork. She has authored numerous articles on executive compensation and incentive design and is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Agenda, a Financial Times service.

Prior to joining ClearBridge, Yonat was a Principal at Mercer in their Human Capital group, and prior to that she held various corporate HR roles. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Syracuse University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

When not working, Yonat can be found laughing with her husband, Lou, as they live with their three (sometimes charming) children, Michael, Sasha and Layla, a goldendoodle named Oscar, and Puff the Bearded Dragon.