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Daniel Kaufman


Dan consults with boards of directors and senior management on all aspects of executive and director compensation. Areas of expertise include competitive benchmarking, short-term and long-term incentive plan design, alignment of pay and performance, compensation disclosure and technical issues. He advises public and private companies ranging from S&P500 companies to pre-IPO startups.

Dan has been involved with executive compensation issues for over 15 years both as a consultant and in a corporate role. He has a broad range of industry experience covering retail, financial services, healthcare equipment and services, business services, consumer goods and media. Dan co-leads Meridian’s retail team and is a member of the financial services team. He is a frequent speaker and writer on executive compensation trends and developments.

Prior to rejoining Meridian, Dan spent four years at a multi-billion dollar public company leading global HR functions including executive compensation, total rewards, payroll and HRIS. Dan previously worked as a Senior Associate in Mercer’s executive compensation practice and began his career as a strategy and technology consultant.

Dan has an M.B.A in strategy and marketing from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in psychology from Duke University.

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Podcast Summary: Navigating CEO Transitions

by Daniel Kaufman and Virginia Rhodes on May 22, 2023

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The discussion emphasized the importance of proactive planning, addressing unexpected departures, and considerations when promoting internal candidates.

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Big Awards for New CEOs

by Daniel Kaufman on May 18, 2023


How do you compensate a new CEO? There are many things to consider here, and some companies opt to give their new CEO a large reward.

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