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Can Executives Get Severance Pay When They Resign?

By Robert Adelson on 2 February 24 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in IvyExec on January 19, 2024. Executive severance pay is typically associated with involuntary job termination, such as layoffs or corporate restructuring. Severance can also arise if you have a job offer or employment contract that awards severance if you are terminated by your employer without cause. However, there are circumstances […]

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Starting an Executive Consulting Business During Your Transition

By Robert Adelson on 30 December 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in IvyExec on December 21, 2023. In today’s dynamic job market, many seasoned executives find themselves in between positions. This could happen to you due to a corporate restructuring or due to a new leader coming in who cleans the house (you included) to bring aboard his or her own team. […]

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Key Terms to Negotiate in Your Next Executive Job Offer

By Robert Adelson on 4 November 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in IvyExec on October 25, 2023. Successful senior executives like yourself often receive calls from recruiters or are, in any case, sought-after by other companies. When the right job opportunity comes your way and you become genuinely interested in making a move, what do you do? If the pay is right, […]

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Fighting the Double Trigger as Free Labor vs Slavery: How to Negotiate Your Own Change of Control Acceleration Terms

By Robert Adelson on 29 September 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in CEO World on September 16, 2023. A change of control, such as in a merger/acquisition, can have significant implications for the C-suite executive. You may face the risk of getting laid off, reduction in compensation and benefits, changes in reporting structure, restrictions in seeking new employment due to non-compete or non-disclosure agreements, and […]

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Becoming a Remote C-Suite Executive – Opportunities & Employment Terms to Negotiate For

By Robert Adelson on 4 August 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in IvyExec on July 27, 2023. As we emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become a fact of life for almost all businesses. Many executives are now working from home offices or suburban satellite offices and participate in meetings and conferences via online communication tools like Zoom. As a […]

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Essential Employment Terms for Female Executives

By Robert Adelson on 27 June 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was originally published in IvyExec on June 26, 2023. The way to the top for women is full of challenges. If you have shattered the glass ceiling and made it there to a C-level or senior executive position, congratulations! Now you want to survive, thrive, and get rewarded like your male counterparts. Female […]

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IP Ownership as Leverage for Founder Equity Negotiations

By Robert Adelson on 4 June 23 /   Executive Employment

This article was published on May 28, 2023 in CEOWorld magazine. For startup founders, what can be more exciting and fulfilling than successfully growing your company and gaining new and more funding as investors’ confidence in your company’s prospects grow? But there is a flip side to this – equity dilution. Equity dilution occurs when […]

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Navigating Past Clawbacks to Take a Competitor’s C-level Job Offer

By Robert Adelson on 7 May 23 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld on April 30, 2023. For many C-level and senior executives, non-compete covenants are reinforced not only by injunction and “golden handcuffs” but by severe company clawback rights that can pose a significant and even crippling financial hazard to executives who want to leave or even test the waters with […]

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Startup C-Level Executive Salary, Equity and Severance Compensation Package

By Robert Adelson on 13 April 23 /   Executive Employment

This post was published in IvyExec on March 28, 2023. Are you a senior executive looking to move up to C-level by joining a startup? Being a startup C-level executive can be rewarding in many ways. But taking that role has many risks too, so it is wise to go in with a job offer […]

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Forming a competing company to take 100% ownership of the business you built

By Robert Adelson on 4 March 23 /   Executive Employment

The bold response when your employer reneges on promise of shared ownership. This post was published in CEOWorld on February 19, 2023.   There are times when the owner or owners of a company need specific knowledge or capabilities to retain or develop new business or exploit a perceived opportunity, and thus willingly offer equity […]

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