Who we are…
Clifford Stephan | Principal
Your emerging company charged you to bring in the best talent, keep the great people you have – and make sure your company’s rewards programs up the game in this competitive job market. You may wonder whether all the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted on your compensation plan. This is Clifford’s sweet spot. He comes to the table with over 15 years’ experience shaping and implementing compensation strategies for Fortune 100 and emerging companies in industries ranging from technology to health care. As founder of OneCompensation, he offers your pre-IPO company the knowledge, services and tools you need to get your compensation plan right in order to grow. He isn’t surprised anymore to hear his clients marvel at how a better understanding of market conditions and a well-reasoned compensation plan can introduce calm to an always busy HR department.
Beyond setting your company’s course on a compensation plan, you and Clifford will likely connect over shared interests, too, such as traveling, cooking and other life adventures. He has also completed over a dozen Half Ironman triathlons at Wildflower, taking him back to his college roots at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
Rajiv Sabharwal | Advisory Board
Rajiv has more than 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of compensation systems, including executive and board compensation programs, broad-based pay systems, equity, cash, and sales incentive plans, and compensation and performance management strategy design for high growth, rapidly changing high technology organizations. He has developed programs that ensure a focus on high levels of performance and retention of key individuals during periods of growth, downturn, acquisition and divestiture. In addition to North American pay practices, his experience includes familiarity with pay practices in EMEA, Asia Pacific and South America. Rajiv is well versed in using technology in HR to make everyone’s life easier, linking pay to performance and communication and transparency of total rewards to the broader community. He has served in key HR positions at Lucent Technology, Commerce One, Tandem Computers, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Genentech, Roche Pharmaceuticals and most recently Driscolls.
Rajiv received a B.S. in Business Administration from Frostburg State University in Maryland and went on to receive his MBA in Management Science from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Pete Hilliard | Advisory Board
Pete Hilliard, Vice President, Human Resources joined Harmonic Inc. in October 2008 and brings over 20 years of executive Human Resources leadership experience. Previously, Mr. Hilliard was Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Services with Agile Software Corporation from 2002 until acquired by Oracle in 2007. Prior to Agile Mr. Hilliard served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Administration with internet infrastructure companies Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. and SiteSmith, Inc. and was Partner & Vice President of Client Services with consulting firm 54th Street Partners, LLC, where he led strategic engagements with clients such as Webvan, Boarland Software, BeVocal and SiteSmith. Prior, he held senior executive HR roles with an explosive growth company, Boston Market, Inc.
Mr. Hilliard also serves on the Board of Directors with enterprise solution service provider Metaverse Mod Squad, Inc., and on the Advisory Board of the consulting firm, OneCompensation.
Rick Olivieri | Principal Consultant
Rick has 25 years’ experience in the Compensation Consulting field,salary, incentive, stock, sales, international, and executive compensation programs. He has held managerial positions at Adaptec, Union Bank of California, US Sprint, and Bank of America. In addition, he was a consultant for Towers Perrin, Sibson & Company, and Ernst & Young. He has been quoted in the New York Times, CFO Magazine and HR Executive Magazine.
Rick has been a member of the Bay Area Compensation Association SteeringCommittee for over 15 years. Rick speaks frequently at various compensation and human resources organization meetings and seminars, and teaches compensation at UC Berkeley Extension. He has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Charles Sterling | Principal Consultant
Charles formerly headed the compensation function at The Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, held the position of Vice President of Corporate Compensation at Union Bank and was a Principal within the Human Capital Consulting Group at Mercer Human Resource Consulting for almost ten years. In addition, he’s held internal compensation consulting positions at both Wells Fargo & Company and Visa International and has acted as an independent consultant for hundreds of companies across the United States, most recently AppDynamics, CPMC Medical Center, LSI, Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is a former Professor of Management and Human Resources in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University where he was a recipient of the distinguished Valerie Scudder Award for outstanding research, teaching and service.
Dr. Sterling is internationally recognized for his research on the subject of pay satisfaction. He is a member emeritus of the World at Work Advisory Board and is President of the Bay Area Compensation Association. Dr. Sterling received his Doctorate in Business Administration at The Ohio State University and has an MBA and BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
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