BiographyLori Wisper is a senior consultant in Towers Watson’s Rewards, Talent and Communication practice. She has over 24 years of experience both in consulting and corporate HR, primarily focused on Compensation. She has consulted with clients on broad based compensation issues including global compensation strategy and design, total compensation strategy, incentive plan and base salary design, sales effectiveness and sales compensation, performance management and compensation processes and administration.
In addition to consulting experience with two other national compensation consulting firms, Lori spent five years working as the Director of Global Compensation within the corporate HR function of several companies. The combination of strategic thinking, technical expertise and practical experience has enabled her to advise companies on how to effectively design and implement new reward programs, processes and technologies. Prior to coming to Towers Watson, she was the Director of Global Compensation for Discover Financial Services and for Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Some of the projects and initiatives that Lori has led include:
•Setting global compensation strategy and pay philosophy along with the creation of a global career banded salary structure;
•Leading the HR related aspects (compensation, benefits and HRIS programs) as Project Manager for the spin off of a major division of a Fortune 100 company;
•Global sales compensation framework that consolidated 14 diverse sales compensation plans into one globally consistent framework;
•Developing and administering international assignment policies, international relocation policies and negotiation and creating offer letters for international positions;
•Working with executives and other business leaders to design annual incentive plans and other variable pay plans directly tied to business strategy;
•Redesigning salary structures and supporting salary administration programs (including performance management systems) to better support business and human capital strategies; and
•Developing and delivering compensation related speeches, training and education sessions.
Education and Credentials
Lori has a B.S. from University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She has written articles for World at Work’s magazine, WorkSpan, and delivered speeches and workshops for World at Work, the Chicago Compensation Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Minneapolis Compensation Association, the American Financial Services Association, the Milwaukee Area Compensation Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She has authored studies on Broad Based Severance Plans and Economic Trends in Compensation and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, and other publications and has appeared on the television show “First Business”.