Seasoned Leadership Team to Drive Success for the New

April 5, 2016


Carol Ferrari, Christopher Fusco, Mark Szypko and Lyn Van Huben

Round Out Company’s Restructured Leadership Team

WELLESLEY, Mass. (April 5, 2016), 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 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’s leadership team.


“As we continue to rebuild 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 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, 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, 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 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 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.”


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