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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adelson

Structuring Bonuses in Your CEO Compensation for Maximum Benefit

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

On May 29, 2018, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on  “Structuring Bonuses in Your CEO Compensation for Maximum Benefit.” The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.


This article was designed for CEOs and other C-Suite, VPs or other senior executives who when negotiating a new job offer or employment contract need to give equal and perhaps greater focus on the structure and terms of bonus as they do to base salary compensation.


My article discusses five (5) key bonus structures:

  • Sign-on bonus to make the executive whole for items given up,

  • Sign-on bonus to compensate for the risks in changing companies,

  • Guaranteed bonus,

  • Performance bonus based on company achievement,

  • Performance bonus based on individual achievement.

The article also suggests other important issues in the determination, calculation and payout of the bonus.



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 CEOs and other senior executives who are considering or re-visiting the executive compensation piece of a job offer or employment contract and need to focus on bonus structure and terms every bit as much as base salary. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at rob@attorneyadelson.com.


I have represented CEOs and senior executives working for companies in Massachusetts, elsewhere in New England and across the country, and I am available to answer all of your important questions. Contact me, your attorney for executive employment agreements at rob@attorneyadelson.com or call 617-875-8665.

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