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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adelson

Negotiating Your CSO or CTO Employment Agreement

Last week, 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:

Scope of authority, levels of support, interface with related enabling departments,Company reputation, mission, financials and other representations on which you are relying to take this job offer,Equity compensation in scope and form matched to your position, stage of company and potential tax issues andProtection to assure that inventions, software tools and ideas developed on your own are not transferred to the new employer without special consideration.

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.

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 or call 617-875-8665.

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