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A Change of Control Agreement Saves the Day When Your Company Is In Play

By Robert Adelson on 28 December 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was originally published in Ivy Exec on December 16, 2021. Is your company “in play”?  Are you a C-suite officer or a VP or director or other senior executive, and you have heard the rumors or perhaps even seen the company memos that the company is being shopped and may soon be facing […]

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CMO Employment Contract Tips to Protect You and Your Job

By Robert Adelson on 2 October 21 /   Executive Employment

This post was published in Ivy Exec on September 30, 2021. Unlike CEOs and CFOs, not every company has a Chief Marketing Officer, and not every CMO has the same responsibilities, span of control, decision rights, and position in the reporting structure. Therefore, should you be offered a CMO position, it is important to understand […]

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Phantom Stock as Executive Compensation for Family Businesses

By Robert Adelson on 4 September 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in Ivy Exec in September, 2021. Whether you are a C-level executive, a VP or senior executive, or even a director rising in the company, your executive compensation package should always have two components. The first component is your cash compensation – fixed: your base salary; and variable: your executive bonus based on performance. […]

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Duty of “Good Faith and Fair Dealing” Ensures Your Executive Compensation is not Taken Away from You

By Robert Adelson on 3 September 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World on September 2, 2021. Have you been cheated out of a benefit you earned on the job?  Was your job terminated for no good reason when you were on the eve of making a big score?  Do you think you were fired just so the company could keep the money or […]

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Executive Stock Options, Restricted Shares and Restricted Stock Units – What’s Best for You

By Robert Adelson on 5 August 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in Ivy Exec on August 3, 2021. For most CEOs,  C-suite and senior executives, and even for many directors and mid-level executives, a major part of executive compensation negotiations concerns the level, tax structuring and terms of equity compensation. This article discusses key things to look for in your equity package, among the four […]

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Pivoting for Startups: Why, When and How

By Robert Adelson on 17 June 21 /   Startups

By Robert A. Adelson. This article was published in The CEO Refresher on February 10, 2021. For the founder and entrepreneur launching a startup company, as well as the CEO and officers in a startup or early stage company, it is important to understand the market for your products or services, the needs of your […]

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Using Career Advancement Covenants to Safeguard Non-Financial Executive Pay

By Robert Adelson on 28 May 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World on May 26, 2021. Suppose you have gone as far as you can in your present company and you are on the lookout for a more challenging executive role. An executive job offer came along and you are tempted by the opportunity, but you are in two minds because the salary […]

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Don’t Let Disparagement or Defamation Blackball Your Executive Career Prospects

By Robert Adelson on 1 May 21 /   Executive Employment

By Robert A. Adelson. This article was published in CEO World Magazine on April 27, 2021. Generally, executive employment separations negotiations focus on how much severance will be paid.  After all, with employment termination, the executive will be between positions.  This could be a long time or short time, but that gap in employment can mean economic hardship […]

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Don’t Let Misalignment in Executive Compensation Create Your Own “Black Sox Scandal”

By Robert Adelson on 2 April 21 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World on March 31, 2021. In many companies, executive compensation is determined or negotiated according to an established compensation structure that is derived from their talent acquisition and retention strategy which in turn is driven by their business goals. Typically, a company would identify key growth indicators and ensure that each key […]

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Negotiating a Custom CEO or C-level Executive Compensation Package

By Robert Adelson on 7 November 20 /   Executive Employment

This article was publish in CEO World magazine on November 5, 2020. I am often asked – what starting salary, what bonus, what equity amount should I seek in my CEO or C-level executive compensation package? There are companies that do executive compensation surveys and recruiters often have access to those statistics. But what if you […]

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