NYC-based Compensation Advisory Partners acquires Vivient Consulting

13 February 2019 2 min. read
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New York-based Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP) has acquired Vivient Consulting, an executive consulting firm with offices in LA and Chicago. The strategic move expands CAP’s reach into two of the US’s largest markets, while also expanding the firm’s geographical footprint into the West Coast and Midwest.

CAP uses rigorous analytics to help boards of directors and management teams develop effective executive compensation solutions. Founded in 2009, the firm leverages its consultants’ extensive real-time experience to service a wide raft of clients, from small startups to Fortune 100 multinationals. CAP serves a wide range of clients in industries including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and energy.

In April, the company expanded from New York into the Houston market, with partner Chris Earnest establishing CAP’s powerhouse presence in the energy sector.

The firm has now further expanded its cross-country presence with the addition of Vivient Consulting and its Chicago and LA offices. Founded in 2002 by Bertha Masuda, Susan Schroeder, and Bonnie Schindler, Vivient has decades of experience in compensation strategy, planning, and incentive plan design for the private and public sector. Vivient’s clients have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Avery Dennison Corporation, and PIMCO.

NYC-based Compensation Advisory Partners buys Vivient Consulting

"We’ve known Bertha, Susan, Bonnie, and the rest of the Vivient team for years, and we share the same values and approach,” Dan Laddin, founding partner of CAP, said. “It became clear that joining forces would benefit both firms and our clients. We look forward to harnessing the full resources of our combined teams to continue our growth.”

Masuda and Schroeder will join CAP as partners, while Schindler will join the team as a principal.

“The CAP and Vivient teams share a collaborative and client-focused culture of personalized and responsive professional services grounded in analytics and are proud of our long-standing client relationships," Eric Hosken, CAP partner, said. 

Aside from congruent cultures and geographies, the companies also fit nicely in terms of client focus areas. Vivient’s expertise in serving private and nonprofit organizations will complement CAP's focus on the compensation committees of large and mid-cap public company boards, and anticipatory pre-IPO firms.

“As our client base expanded over the past two decades, we knew we needed to source additional and specialized talent and technology solutions in order to continue to expand our high-quality and personalized compensation consulting and advisory services," Masuda said. 

“CAP is the ideal partner for us, and our partnership maximizes our collective ability to anticipate and address the compensation needs of all of our clients, from private to public as well as nonprofits," she added.

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