John Trentacoste

Partner and COO


John TrentacosteJohn is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer. He works closely with client management teams and Compensation Committees to develop cutting-edge compensation and governance strategies that support organizational strategy and drive long-term value creation. John’s clients include large, publicly traded companies, privately held enterprises, and sponsor-backed organizations. In addition, he is responsible for leading our internal talent development, financial planning and analysis, and recruiting functions, as well as driving execution of market-facing programs. A sought-after speaker, John has been a featured speaker at several National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) programs and WorldatWork. He has been quoted extensively by Agenda Week, Bloomberg, Compliance Week, and The Washington Post, among others. He was recognized by NACD’s Directorship 100 in 2018.

Former Affiliations

Prior to joining Farient, John worked as a consultant at Lyons, Benenson & Company (LB&Co.), where he was responsible for the development of client analyses and reports and creating incentive compensation plan components that clearly linked pay and performance. John was also a member of LB&Co.’s Special Situations Team, providing advice and counsel to the portfolio companies of various private equity firms and hedge funds. He also has capital markets experience through his work in the sales and trading division of Citigroup Global Markets and Banking, where he held FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.


John holds a BA from Cornell University and completed a post-baccalaureate business program at Columbia University.

Known For

John is known as a great collaborator, working closely with management, the compensation committee, and other stakeholders. He is recognized for deep experience across multiple industries, including insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and private equity. He is highly regarded for creative and actionable solutions in compensation, governance, incentive plan design, and shareholder communications.