September 18, 2020 Executive Compensation Executive & Director Pay Design Articles

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The IPO Game When to Play Offense or Defense in Executive Compensation Design

Organizations need to deliberately plan and communicate executive compensation objectives and structure in an initial public offering (IPO).

We discuss the choices at hand, describing when it makes sense to use compensation to play offense or defense. On offense, compensation can be used to communicate priorities and drive performance in the next stage of an organization’s life cycle. On defense, compensation design operates more in the background to align pay with performance outcomes. We will compare the approaches and identify circumstances where each approach can work best to help newly public companies.

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Greg Arnold

Tatyana Day

This article was originally published in Workspan.

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