Thomas Paleka

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Tom Paleka joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in September 2008 as Vice President of Global Compensation, a newly created role. Recently promoted in 2016 to lead Global Rewards, he now has overall responsibility for guiding the company’s compensation, benefit, and mobility programs, as well as payroll. He has been instrumental in consolidating and outsourcing the company’s long-term incentive plans, launching several new plan designs, and securing shareholder approval of four of Gallagher’s long-term incentive plans.

Tom joined Gallagher from Tellabs, a large telecommunications manufacturer of infrastructure equipment. While at Tellabs, he designed and managed sales compensation programs and was promoted to Director of Global Compensation and Benefits in 2005, with responsibility for all broad-based and executive programs.

Prior to that role, he had twenty years of extensive background in the high-technology industry in sales compensation, direct sales, sales management, and sales operations.

He has spoken at many conferences for such organizations as Global Equity Organization, Certified Equity Professional Institute, Equilar, World at Work, Conference Board, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He most recently served as a judge for the GEO Awards for the 2016 and 2017 GEO conferences.