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Chartwell understands the executive compensation needs of privately held companies, particularly ESOP companies.  Our clients recognize Chartwell’s distinguishing hallmarks as our extensive private company experience and our fully integrated approach to compensation planning.  Chartwell is uniquely able to perform both a bottom-up assessment of market bonus and LTIP values for individual positions and a top-down analysis to assess the effects of compensation alternatives on company financials and operations.  This integration allows us to adjust the individual award amounts or the company-level assumptions to efficiently solve for desired outcomes in a holistic manner.

Our compensation planning services include:

  • Benchmarking compensation with data that is relevant for private companies
  • Designing bonus plan
  • Developing long-term incentive plans (LTIPs)
  • Consulting on Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 409A
  • Modeling financial detail surrounding equity-based LTIP awards

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Matt Keene

Matt Keene
Managing Director

Matt leads Chartwell’s executive compensation practice. He works with privately-held companies to obtain relevant pay data and achieve key goals for compensation programs, with a special focus on ESOP companies and equity-based incentives. His passion is helping companies implement successful ownership transition strategies while aligning shareholders, executives, and employees in the achievement of mutually beneficial outcomes. Over the past 29 years, he has worked with companies on all aspects of qualified and non-qualified plan origination, operation, and termination.



Matt currently serves on the National Center for Employee Ownership Board of Directors and on the Advisory Committee for Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA). In addition, Matt is a member of The ESOP Association, where he has previously held leadership positions within the organization. Matt also participates in the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).


Matt is a frequent speaker and writer at the national level on topics relating to executive compensation, ownership transition alternatives, and qualified and non-qualified plan operational issues.



Prior to Chartwell, Matt spent 10 years with a leading ESOP consulting firm and 12 years with a Big Four accounting firm where he worked in the National Tax Department advising field employees on rulings and developments affecting employers’ compensation and benefits programs.


Matt holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.