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Kartik Balaram


Kartik Balaram is a Principal at Meridian Compensation Partners and has more than 15 years of experience in executive compensation and corporate governance. He advises Board of Directors and management teams on a wide range of items including executive compensation strategy and design, Board of Director pay, annual/long-term incentive plan structures, broad-based equity compensation strategy, severance and change-in-control arrangements, disclosure/regulatory issues, and other human capital & governance related matters.

Kartik supports clients in the high technology and life sciences sectors, advising early-stage start-ups to S&P 500 organizations. His recent experience has focused on supporting high-growth companies through various stages of their lifecycle and he has significant experience supporting clients that are preparing for go-public transactions (IPO, SPAC, and spin-offs).

Prior to joining Meridian, Kartik was the West Region Lead and San Francisco office leader within Aon’s Human Capital Solutions segment (Radford, Aon-Hewitt, McLagan).  He also served as the lead advisor for the Private Market vertical, partnering with venture capital and private equity firms to support compensation issues at their portfolio companies.  He currently sits on the Advisory Board at the Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange (SVDX).

Kartik received his B.A. in Economics-Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Recent Insights By Kartik Balaram

Podcast Summary: How Technology and Finance are Thinking About Talent Strategy and Compensation

by Darren Moskovitz and Kartik Balaram on February 7, 2023

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In a time of great economic turbulence, companies of all shapes and sizes are thinking about how they recruit new talent and especially about how they compensate their employees and reward their service.

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How Companies Are Reacting to New Pay Disclosures Right Now

by Kartik Balaram on February 7, 2023


One major story in the world of finance recently has been the increase in new regulations like the SEC’s Pay for Performance Disclosure, requiring companies to be more open and transparent around compensation.

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