From Founder-CEO to CTO or CSO: Key Protections in Succession Planning when you face the Founder’s Dilemma
Last week, on March 27, 2019, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “From Founder-CEO to CTO or CSO: Key Protections in Succession Planning When You Face the Founder’s Dilemma” The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.
This article is designed for founder or co-founder CEOs of successful companies in the innovation economy who may be asked and even pressured by VCs to let a “professional” CEO take your place at the helm to scale the company to the next level, with you to then step aside to fall back to take a CTO or CSO position in what had been your company.
This article discusses how and why this situation called the “Founder’s Dilemma” occurs, and then goes on to offer advice to the founder CEO who will transition to the CTO or CSO role. My article suggests key Founder protections including:
My article also discusses protections for the founder CEO and the company in choice of your Board, choice of investors and the founder taking a big role in selection of your successor CEO and transition.
To see my full CEOWorld magazine. article, go to LINK: https://ceoworld.biz/2019/03/27/from-founder-ceo-to-cto-or-cso-key-protections-in-succession-planning-when-you-face-the-founders-dilemma/
Or on my website at
With more than 12.4+ million-page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide.
It is my hope that this article will be helpful to Founder CEOs who have successfully launched their companies, taken in VC or angel investment and now face the Founder-CEO dilemma as investors push for a “professional CEO” to take your place at the helm as the successor CEO to lead the company in the scale up and to the liquidity event the investors seek. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at email@example.com.
On January 28, 2019, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Negotiating Your CSO or CTO Employment Agreement” The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWOLRD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.
This article was designed for Chief Technology Officers or Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) of software, robotics, e-commerce or other technology-based companies or for Chief Scientific Officers or Chief Medical Officers (CSOs) of a biotechnology, medical device, healthcare or other life science companies, who, when negotiating a new job offer or employment contract or terms of executive compensation need to give attention to essential employment terms relevant to their critical C-level positions in these fast growing and changing industries.
Among the important terms for CTO and CSO employment contracts discussed in the article are the following:
Finally, at the end, this article is demarcated as a guide primarily to the CSO or CTO with a new job offer.
In the late Spring 2019, I plan to write a separate article whose target audience is also CSOs and CTOs, but this time company founders and former CEOs. These are executives who moved to the CSO or CTO position after a successful launch was achieved, VC money invested and a new “professional” CEO has been or is to be, recruited to scale the company to the next level of growth. That Spring article will focus on the key protections such founder CTOs and CSOs should seek in this corporate transition.
To see my full CEOWorld magazine. article, go to
or on my website at https://www.executiveemploymentattorney.com/negotiating-your-new-cso-or-cto-employment-agreement/
With more than 12.4+ million page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide.
It is my hope that this article will be helpful to CSOs, CTOs and other senior executives who are in tech and life science industries who are negotiating new job offers, employment contracts or executive compensation packages and should pay attention to the essential contract terms discussed in my article. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-875-8665.
About Robert A. Adelson, Esq.
Robert A. Adelson, Esq. is a corporate and tax attorney and partner at Engel & Schultz LLP, Boston, Massachusetts. He represents C-Level executives and key employees in negotiations over executive employment terms, equity, compensation, relocation, retention and separation agreements, severance packages, and where necessary suits over wrongful termination.