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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adelson

Using an Executive Severance Agreement to Protect Your Employment, Career and Reputation

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

On September 25, 2018, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “An Executive Severance Agreement Protects Your Employment, Career and Reputation” 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 executive job offer or employment contract, need to give attention to severance terms even where the employment is stated to be “at will.”  Also,  even if severance is not included at the outset, it can be negotiated later, even at the time of employment termination.

My article further indicates how severance agreements address continuation of salary and also address other issues that might be very important to the executive including

Continuation of health and other key benefits,Payment of earned bonus and prorated bonus,Vesting and other rights in stock, options, RSUs or phantom stock of the company,Protections for the executive’s reputation.

The article also addresses items the employer may seek including non-competes, releases and waivers and negotiation strategies for executives on such items.

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 seeking to negotiate severance terms into their job offers, employment contracts or separation agreements, or need help on particular terms of the severance package. 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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