Gayle Appelbaum
Partner, McLagan


Gayle Appelbaum is a Partner in McLagan’s Corporate and Consumer Banking Consulting practice. Gayle’s extensive knowledge of compensation practices and trends and the banking industry, coupled with her keen ability to understand each client’s needs, enables her to create solutions unique to each situation. She specializes in developing compensation plans that balance short and long-term risk while building shareholder value.

Gayle’s expertise encompasses the full spectrum of compensation and benefits issues, including corporate governance, pay-for-performance, risk assessment, taxation, regulatory compliance, M&A, and compensation agreement provisions.

A passion for helping business owners led Gayle to found and operate her own financial planning and consulting firm. Later, as Founder and Managing Director of Amalfi Consulting, she specialized in compensation consulting for the banking industry.

Prior to joining McLagan, Gayle served in an executive role in a leading investment and financial company and as an adjunct professor for Minnesota State University’s Certified Financial Planning and certificate program. She is a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences and webinar programs and is a published author of articles pertaining to current and leading edge compensation.

Gayle received Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

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