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Hi Ann,
Thank you for this decent article. I'm an expat auditor in PwC San Jose, originally from PwC Seoul Korea. While auditing a client, I faced the terminology 'focal', and couldn't understand what it meant (absolutely far-away from the dictionary meaning). Thanks to this article I Googled, now I can understand it clearly. By the way, is it common to grant stock options as part of 'focal'? It would require complex consideration on the company's long-run performance and capital structure.

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    Compensation consultant Ann Bares is the Managing Partner of Altura Consulting Group. Ann has more than 20 years of experience consulting with organizations in the areas of compensation and performance management.

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