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VIRTUAL SALON: ‘Demystifying Compensation Planning at the Board Level’

April 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT


Athena Alliance is excited to introduce our first Virtual Salon.

The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors negotiates the CEO’s and executives’ objectives, sets target compensation and what happens when targets aren’t hit, and controls employee equity burn. Companies do–or try to do–what they get rewarded for doing, so the Compensation Committee owns balancing executive and shareholder rewards and risks. This event will pull back the curtain on how CCs evaluate and implement executive compensation. We will talk about working with management, the role of compensation consultants and that of the shareholder advisory services ISS and Glass Lewis.


Moderator: Coco Brown, Founder & CEO, Athena Alliance

Discussion Leader: Christine Heckart, CEO, Scalyr


Coco Brown guides leadership teams through periods of great change, accelerating growth and expansion within the constraints of broader economic and environmental conditions. With rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and board member, Coco possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and board member.

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. In addition to leading Athena, Coco is the founder and CEO of Executive Kinections, a CXO focused Silicon Valley consultancy that advises executive teams in the development of their visioning, organizational design, and strategic planning process. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank.

In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.


Christine Heckart is a C-suite executive with experience on both sides of the board table. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in the technology industry having held a variety of leadership roles including COO, GM, president, and CMO in industries that include network, storage, digital infrastructure, music and video, and consulting. She has experience with software, SaaS, hardware, and service business models at companies ranging in size from one person to over one hundred thousand. Heckart has worked at iconic brands such as Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems and NetApp, and companies going through rapid scale and transformation challenges such as Brocade Communications, Wiltel, and TeleChoice. Having begun in product development, Heckart’s passion is in forging wholly new markets, and she has launched three that have reached several billion in revenues annually. She has also created disruptive business models and worked through big market downturns and inflections.

Heckart is known for her strategic vision and understanding of market transitions. She has experience in high growth environments where scale challenges predominate and is also familiar with the challenges of leading major transformational change. Recently named one of the Fifty Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council and a 2016 Woman of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal, her passion is helping people and companies achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Heckart serves on the board of directors for Lam Research, a Fortune 500 semiconductor equipment and nanotech company and 6Sense, a venture-backed AI company.


This salon is offered exclusively to members of Athena Alliance.