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Equilar, the executive and board compensation experts, have found that 79% of CEOs are hired from within the company, having been groomed to take over as the current CEO plans to move on. Sometimes this process is aligned to an intentional timeline - a CEO wants to retire, a founder/CEO wants to focus on the board, or the like and they have a specific time frame in mind to pass the reigns. And, sometimes this planning and grooming is more about ensuring the business has a strong backup if the current CEO were to suddenly disappear. In either case, every company with a solid governance structure plans for CEO replacement and does so in a very thoughtful way. CEO succession planning is in fact a core role of the board. In this session though we want to explore the topic from the perspective of the groomed replacement; the successor. Join us as we explore Jessica Carp's experience of being groomed to take on the role of CEO. She recently took on this challenge for Skylight Enterprises, a $600M+ construction company that operates in an ESOP model.


Jessica Carps Chief Executive Officer & Member of the Board of Directors

Jessica Carps is CEO and a member of Skyline’s board of directors. She was the first female leader to hold the COO title and to join the Board of Directors. 

Jessica is recognized for her approach to driving growth through a focus on people, scalable operations, and innovation. In the first five years under her leadership, Skyline’s revenue more than tripled to well over half a billion dollars.  


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. 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. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She 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. 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.

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Groomed for CEO

Tue, Aug 30 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hr)

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