Executive Employment

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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Working Remotely as a C-level Executive – Opportunities and Considerations

By Robert Adelson on 3 October 20   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was publish in CEO World magazine on October 2, 2020. Over the past decade, more and more business has been conducted remotely and that trend has only increased with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. While the pandemic has done much harm to many businesses and the careers of CEOs and C-level executives in those […]

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Achieving Zero Taxation on Sale of Your Startup Equity

By Robert Adelson on 5 September 20   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was published in CEO World on September 3, 2020. Are you a founder, a C-level or senior executive recruit, or angel investor of a startup life sciences company, a startup tech company, or a startup e-commerce or other high growth company? If so, did you know that if your startup is properly structured and you […]

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Triggering Executive Severance to Protect Your Interests in Case of COVID-19 or other Changed Circumstances

By Robert Adelson on 29 May 20   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World on May 27, 2020. We are in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of crisis that is unexpected and unprecedented. So many businesses that had been thriving in a robust economy as recently as January and February 2020, were shut down almost on a moment’s notice and remained […]

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Has a New Employer Withdrawn Your Executive Job Offer? How “Promissory Estoppel” might give you a legal remedy

By Robert Adelson on 2 May 20   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on April 28, 2020. As a successful C-level or other senior executive, you may be lured by executive recruiters or otherwise by other companies seeking your talent, contacts and experience.  Suppose one of those opportunities truly excites you.  You agree to terms, it feels like a good fit, you accept […]

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Executive Equity Compensation in Severance Negotiations

By Robert Adelson on 2 November 19   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on October 30, 2019. As a CEO, C-level or other senior executive, the most valuable part of your executive compensation package can often be the equity position that you acquire in connection with your employment.  If you have a well-designed executive employment agreement in place, your equity compensation would be […]

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Executive Compensation In A Pre-IPO Company

By Robert Adelson on 3 October 19   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on October 1, 2019. The startup you work for is gaining acceptance in the market and with remarkable growth, you are now eyeing the prospects of an IPO.  The fruits of your team’s labor are at hand. But do you know how your executive compensation package will change as a […]

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CFO Employment Contract: Terms And Negotiations

By Robert Adelson on 14 September 19   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on September 7, 2019. The demand for chief financial officer (CFO) is as high as ever. If you are a CFO or a seasoned financial executive, you may find many attractive opportunities coming your way. Before you leave what you have and take up a new position, you […]

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Negotiating Your COO Employment Agreement

By Robert Adelson on 1 June 19   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on May 28, 2019. Unlike CEOs and CFOs, not every company has a Chief Operating Officer, and not every COO has the same responsibilities, span of control, decision rights, and position in the reporting structure. There is not a standard job description for COOs. Therefore, should you be […]

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From Founder-CEO to CTO or CSO: Key Protections in Succession Planning When You Face the Founder’s Dilemma

By Robert Adelson on 30 March 19   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on March 27, 2019. Are you the founder or co-founder of a successful startup in tech, e-commerce, life science or other areas of the innovation economy? Chances are that at some point, you may become a victim of your own success.  You may be asked and even pressured […]

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