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Seasoned Leadership Team to Drive Success for the New Salary.com

Carol Ferrari, Christopher Fusco, Mark Szypko and Lyn Van Huben Round Out Company’s Restructured Leadership Team

WELLESLEY, MA–(Marketwired – Apr 5, 2016) – Salary.com, the leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services, today announced that it has built out its leadership team to drive success in the next stage of the company’s growth. The company has welcomed back former executives Carol Ferrari as vice president, Marketing and Community, and Christopher Fusco as vice president, Compensation, while appointing Lyn Van Huben as vice president, Human Resources. Mark Szypko, who remained with Salary.com following its acquisition by Kenexa and later IBM, and reacquisition by the founding team, will continue to serve as vice president, Compensation Strategy.

These four appointments join Kent Plunkett, CEO and founder; Yong Zhang, COO, CTO and president of Global Operations; and Robert Merklinger, senior vice president of Sales, to round out Salary.com’s leadership team.

“As we continue to rebuild Salary.com as the leading destination for reliable information about employee pay and best practices around compensation, having the right talent in place is crucial in reaching our goals,” said Plunkett. “Carol, Chris and Mark were integral in helping to build Salary.com into the company it is today. Lyn was instrumental in helping me grow a previous company. With each of them back on the team, we are well suited to further help our clients understand the connections between people and pay and make the best decisions for their organizations.”

Carol Ferrari, vice president, Marketing and Community

As vice president of Marketing and Community for Salary.com, Carol Ferrari leverages an extensive background to lead marketing, customer success and demand generation initiatives. Recognized by CRN magazine as a two-time Women of the Channel winner, she has designed and driven programs that have generated millions in sales while building awareness for company and product positioning. Prior to rejoining Salary, she served as vice president, Marketing and Inside Sales at AccuRev, where she rebranded the company and developed sales tools and sales training curriculum, and also as vice president, Marketing and Community at Intronis, where her strategies resulted in more than 50 percent growth. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in marketing, Ferrari earned her MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Christopher Fusco, vice president, Compensation, CCP, GRP, SPHR

Regarded as a leading expert on employee compensation, Christopher Fusco has spent his career helping managers develop their employees through total rewards. As vice president, Compensation at Salary.com, he leads operations around compensation data, and runs the professional services team. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for compensation and HR services delivery at Draper Laboratory and served as manager of global compensation and HRIS at WR Grace. He has also worked as a compensation and benefits analyst as well as a senior rewards consultant at global advisory firms. Chris received a B.S. in human resource management from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in economics from Northeastern University.

Mark Szypko, vice president, Compensation Strategy, CCP, GRP

As vice president of Compensation Strategy, Mark Szypko is a customer evangelist and subject matter expert for Salary.com. He drives research on trends in compensation practices and leverages more than 35 years of HR experience to speak globally on compensation, benefits and HRIS topics. Szypko’s areas of expertise include compensation plan design, development and implementation, as well as sales, executive and base pay. Additionally, he holds expertise in international benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and HR systems selection and implementation, and has worked with numerous technology leaders including IBM, Comcast, Kronos and Honeywell. A recipient of the prestigious WorldatWork Lifetime Achievement Award, Mark holds an MBA from Western New England College and a B.S. in business administration from Suffolk University.

Lyn Van Huben, vice president, Human Resources

In her role as vice president, Human Resources, Lyn Van Huben provides vision and leadership around people strategy for Salary.com while developing programs to meet changing business needs and achieve organizational effectiveness. An expert in all areas of human resources, including workforce planning, organizational development, employee relations, talent acquisition, succession planning, compensation and benefits, Van Huben has worked with numerous public and private companies throughout her career, such as Intronis, Aspect Software, Harte Hanks, Fannie Mae, Wildfire Communications and Bose. Through her work, she has driven the implementation of HR best practices and developed highly effective people strategies to position her organizations for continued success. Van Huben earned a B.S. from Rivier College.

Plunkett added, “The combined years of experience and proven business acumen of our leadership team enables us to maintain our position as the leading provider of pay-related data and software solutions that help companies optimize their compensation strategies. I am pleased to reappoint Carol and Christopher and welcome Lyn to round out the leadership team along with Mark, and I am confident in each of their abilities to drive our continued growth and innovation.”

About Salary.com

The leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services, Salary.com provides enterprises and small businesses with reliable information about employee pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Through industry-leading cloud-based software and extensive domain knowledge, the company helps clients win the war for talent by simplifying the connections between people and pay. Salary’s proven technology solutions, coupled with actionable data and content, empower businesses to make fast, accurate compensation decisions about pay and deliver superior results.

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Salary.com CEO Kent Plunkett to Be Featured Guest on This Week’s HRExaminer Radio Show

WHO:

Kent Plunkett, the original founder and current CEO of Salary.com, the technology leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services

WHAT:
Will join industry expert John Sumser on an upcoming episode of the weekly HRExaminer Radio show

WHEN:
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CST / 8:00 a.m. MST / 7:00 a.m. PST)

WHERE:
The live show — as well as the replay — can be accessed here:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hrexaminer/2016/03/11/hr-examiner-radio-kent-plunkett-ceo-and-president-ccp

DETAILS:
Equitable and competitive compensation remains one of the primary drivers of talent acquisition and talent retention. Historically, HR professionals have relied on Salary.com’s deep functionality and employer-reported data to govern this complex process. Now back under the management of the original founders, Salary.com has reinvigorated its intense focus on compensation analysis and decision support tools innovation, credible market data and white-glove customer services.

During this episode of HRExaminer Radio, CEO Kent Plunkett will join host John Sumser to discuss his motivation behind acquiring the company back from IBM at the end of 2015. In addition to learning more about the “reacquisition,” listeners will hear first-hand about Salary.com’s future plans including a new consumer site and increased global focus.

HR professionals, compensation analysts and business leaders interested in learning more about the state of compensation as well as the latest from Salary.com are encouraged to listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hrexaminer/2016/03/11/hr-examiner-radio-kent-plunkett-ceo-and-president-ccp.

About Salary.com
The technology leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services, Salary.com provides enterprises, small businesses and employees with reliable information about employee pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Through industry-leading cloud-based software and extensive domain knowledge, the company helps clients win the war for talent by simplifying the connections between people and pay. Salary’s proven technology solutions, coupled with actionable data and content, empower businesses to make fast, accurate compensation decisions about pay and deliver superior results.

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Technology Leader Yong Zhang Rejoins Salary.com as COO, CTO and President of Global Operations

Zhang Returns to Company to Lead Day-to-Day Operations, Leveraging Experienced Global Team to Drive Product Innovation and Customer Satisfaction for the New Salary.com

WELLESLEY, MA–(Mar 8, 2016) –  Salary.com, the leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services, today announced that it has appointed Yong Zhang as chief operating officer, chief technology officer and president of Global Operations. This marks a return to the company for Zhang, who rejoins the leadership team.

“Yong was instrumental in growing Salary.com from startup to the leading provider of accurate, employer-reported compensation data, and we are excited to have him lead our operations once again,” said Kent Plunkett, founder and CEO of Salary.com. “There are few individuals who have such depth of experience in compensation and technology as Yong. His leadership will be integral as we continue introducing new solutions and enhancements to improve how companies make informed decisions around employee compensation.”

Plunkett continued, “In addition to Yong’s experience, he is bringing back with him over two dozen highly skilled technologists and compensation professionals who also worked at Salary.com previously in the functional areas of technology, product, services, data and production.”

As COO, CTO and president of Global Operations, Zhang leads day-to-day operations in both the U.S. and China, which includes professional services, compensation data operations, product strategies, product management, on-demand software architecture, product development and production operations. He spent over a decade at Salary.com starting in 2000 and holding the positions of COO, CTO and president of Global Operations. With his return to the company, Zhang will focus on product innovation, customer satisfaction, market responsiveness and operational efficiency to create the next generation of advanced solutions that improve how companies compensate their talent.

Zhang earned an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in physics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. In addition, Zhang has achieved Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®) certifications from WorldatWork.

“An effective compensation strategy is paramount to attracting, motivating, rewarding and retaining top performers, and best-of-breed products and first-class customer services are key to delivering on these goals,” said Zhang. “I am excited to join the Salary.com team once again and guide the company’s continued development of industry-leading, cloud-based technology solutions that are highly secure, flexible and scalable to support a wide variety of our customer’s compensation processes.”

About Salary.com

The leader in employer-reported compensation data, software and services, Salary.com provides enterprises, small businesses and individuals with reliable information about employee pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Through industry-leading cloud-based software and extensive domain knowledge, the company helps clients win the war for talent by simplifying the connections between people and pay. Salary’s proven technology solutions, coupled with actionable data and content, empower businesses to make fast, accurate compensation decisions about pay and deliver superior results.

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Salary.com Welcomes Sales Leader Robert Merklinger as Senior Vice President of Sales

Merklinger Leverages Extensive Background in Technology Sales and Business Development to Drive Growth for the New Salary.com

 

WELLESLEY, MA–(Feb 18, 2016) – Salary.com, the technology leader in employee compensation data, software and services, today announced that it has appointed Robert Merklinger as senior vice president of Sales. Merklinger, who joins Salary.com following the reacquisition of the company by its original founders, will be instrumental in building and leading the Sales team, expanding the company’s reach to new markets and driving the initiatives that lead to continuous growth.

“Robert has the skills, experience and proven results to grow the new Salary.com,” said Kent Plunkett, the original founder and CEO of Salary.com. “Having worked with Rob before, I have seen firsthand the depth of passion, value and expertise that he brings to high-growth technology companies. His contributions to Salary.com will positively impact our growth, as well as ensure the success of our clients.”

Merklinger joins the company after five years as vice president of Sales for Intronis, where he led a team of more than 30 sales professionals, defined a new business model, developed a new pricing and package program and successfully grew revenue more than 400 percent. At Intronis, he worked with Kent Plunkett and other members of the Salary.com leadership team. Intronis was acquired by Barracuda Networks, Inc. last fall.

Prior to joining Intronis, Merklinger served as director of Sales at Gomez Inc., later acquired by Compuware. In this role, he developed and set strategic direction for the Sales team to exceed the annual quota, increase sales representative yield and expand beyond its SMB audience and into mid-market enterprise accounts. He previously worked for Oracle, where he held manager-level positions focused on the growing business. Merklinger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

“This is a very exciting time to join the Salary.com team, and I’m looking forward to working with our prospects, clients and my colleagues,” said Merklinger. “As we continue to innovate and deliver new solutions that transform how companies manage their compensation spend through real-time data and analytics, the opportunity in front of Salary.com is tremendous.”

About Salary.com
The technology leader in employee compensation data, software and services, Salary.com provides enterprises, small businesses and individuals with reliable information about employee pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Through industry-leading cloud-based software and extensive domain knowledge, the company helps clients win the war for talent by simplifying the connections between people and pay. Salary’s proven technology solutions, coupled with actionable data and content, empower businesses to make fast, accurate compensation decisions about pay and deliver superior results.

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Salary.com Founding Team Acquires Compensation Portfolio From IBM

Back Under Original Leadership, Company Positioned to Expand Compensation Product Offerings, Introduce Innovative New Solutions

 

WELLESLEY, MA–(Jan 7, 2016) – Salary.com, the technology leader in employee compensation data, software and services, today announced that it has been acquired from IBM by its founding team. Under the leadership of the returning management team, Salary will deliver next generation analytical tools that further enable companies to manage their compensation expenditures as well as provide the market at large with the most accurate, objective information related to employee compensation.

“Compensation is complex, and for today’s employers to be successful, they need the tools and data that enable them to simplify the connections between people and pay,” said Kent Plunkett, CEO of Salary.com. “Salary is the most widely recognized and trusted source for employer-reported compensation data to facilitate decision-making around employee compensation. On behalf of the founding team, we are thrilled to provide our customers with the high-touch service and expertise that they expect in the compensation space.”

Founded in 1999, Salary.com grew rapidly to become one of the most widely recognized sources for reliable information about employer-reported pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Following its move to IPO in 2007, Salary.com was acquired by Kenexa in 2010, and IBM acquired Kenexa in 2012. The original team, in partnership with co-investors H.I.G. Capital and Prudential Capital Group, have reacquired Salary.com from IBM, along with related compensation offerings. The returning team has the goal of enhancing the company’s current product offerings and creating additional solutions that help consumers and customers make well-informed, data-based compensation decisions.

As more employers seek detailed, real-time and accurate information about employee compensation beyond sites presenting employee-reported salary information, Salary.com is poised for continued growth and expansion. The company is currently hiring back over 20 additional former Salary employees, adding to a team of 120 compensation and technology professionals across its U.S. and China offices servicing many of the world’s largest employers as well as small business owners and individuals.

“As the compensation category remains under-served, the growth opportunity in front of Salary is tremendous,” said Plunkett. “We are eager to steer the company in an exciting new direction and become the SaaS platform of choice for employers seeking the most accurate and reliable compensation data available.”

About Salary.com

The technology leader in employee compensation data, software and services, Salary.com provides enterprises, small businesses and individuals with reliable information about employee pay levels and compensation-related best practices, trends and policies. Through industry-leading cloud-based software and extensive domain knowledge, the company helps clients win the war for talent by simplifying the connections between people and pay. Salary’s proven technology solutions, coupled with actionable data and content, empowers businesses to make fast, accurate compensation decisions about pay and deliver superior results.

Learn more about Salary.com: Web | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook