I will go on a 8 month paternity leave starting the same month my company gets a new CEO. The soon-to-be CEO has already started, but my current CEO will still work for a transition period until my leave starts.
My company (a consulting company) has approximately 20 employees and is fully owned by a listed company with approximately 500 employees. Neither us, nor the mother company are doing well at the moment, so I haven't received much of a raise the last few years. I believe I've gotten more than the others since I've done a good job, but it's very little and my real wage has not increased.
We don't have a large sales department, so we get many of our projects through our own contacts. The last years I've continuously gotten new projects, many from the same satisfied customer. It started as a small project, and I'm now close to 2000 hours. I've also gotten several smaller projects, some of which I've handed over to others.
The last couple of years I've been one of the most valuable employees, continuously getting projects in, and billing close to 100% of my hours.
My leave will start when our new CEO takes over, and end a little after we have our annual salary negotiations. I'm certain my current CEO would have given me a relatively good raise1 after some negotiation if he stayed on his job.
I will of course have salary negotiations, as everyone else, but he's only been in the company for a two months when I leave. What can I do in order to increase my chances of getting a raise? Can I do something before I leave (except continue to do a good job)?
Note: The new CEO knows about the small project that has almost reached 2000 hours and responded "That's very good!". I'm not so sure it's enough for me to negotiate with 10 months from now.
1 It will be less than the average used to be a few years back, but still more than nothing.