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Equilar, Inc.
Privately Held

Business Information, Corporate Governance, Executive and

Director Compensation Benchmarking
Founded 2000
Headquarters Redwood City, California, USA
Key people
Founder & CEO: David Chun
Products Equilar Insight, Equilar Atlas
Website www.equilar.com

Equilar is a California-based, privately held company that provides information about total executive compensation packages of the top officers at publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations.

Equilar's research is frequently cited in Bloomberg, BusinessWeek,[1] The New York Times,[2] Financial Times,[3] The Wall Street Journal[4] and other media publications.

Equilar has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Deloitte,[5] Inc. magazine[6] and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.[7]


Equilar was founded in 2000 by CEO David Chun. In 2009, they hosted the first Executive Compensation Symposium [8][better source needed] In 2011, CEO David Chun was named to the 2011 National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Directorship 100.[9] The company launched TSR & CEO Pay Modeler for Equilar Insight,[10] and Equilar Atlas, an online tool that allows nonprofit organizations, executive and board recruiters, wealth managers and businesses to reach out to high-net-worth corporate executives,[11]

In 2012, Equilar announced a partnership with Glass Lewis.[12] They also launched Nonprofit Insight, to provide nonprofit organizations with executive and senior officer compensation data for benchmarking purposes. A few of the first users include the American Heart Association, Inova Health System, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology[13] They also partnered with NYSE Euronext.[14]


Equilar Insight won the Human Resources Executive’s 2002 Top HR Products Contest.[15]

In 2011, The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognizes Equilar as one of Silicon Valley’s 51 fastest-growing privately held companies of 2011[16]


  1. ^ Margaret Collins. "Deferred Compensation Lets Executives Avoid Caps on 401(k)s". 
  2. ^ Matt Ericson, Alan McLean/The New York Times (2009). "The Pay at the Top". Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Megan Murphy and Sharlene Goff (14 June 2011). "Bank chiefs’ pay rises by 36%". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Cari Tuna/The Wall Street Journal. "CFO Pay Drops as Bonuses Shrink". 
  5. ^ Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (2008). "2008 Silicon Valley Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Inc. magazine (2008). "Top 100 Businesses in San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA". Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Schubarth, Cromwell (31 October 2011), "Fastest-growing Silicon Valley private companies named", Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal (San Jose) 
  8. ^ "Equilar 2009 Executive Compensation Symposium". Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Congratulations to the NACD Directorship 100 Hall of Fame, The Class of 2011 and People to Watch!". Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Equilar Surpasses 1,000 Clients in 2010, Grows 40 Percent" (Press release). PRLog. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Equilar Brings Sweeping Changes to the Way Organizations Find, Connect and Do Business with Influential, High Net Worth Executives" (Press release). ITbriefing.net. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Glass Lewis And Equilar Partner to Improve Corporate Governance" (Press release). PR Newswire. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Equilar Addresses Major Need for Nonprofit Compensation Benchmarking" (Press release). Marketwire. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "NYSE Euronext and Equilar Partner to Deliver Powerful C-Suite Networking Solutions to Issuers" (Press release). BusinessWire. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Human Resource Executive Announces 2002 Top HR Products Contest Winners" (Press release). Human Resource Executive Online. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Schubarth, Cromwell (31 October 2011), "Fastest-growing Silicon Valley private companies named", Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal (San Jose)