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Jim Hudner

Jim Hudner

Managing Director
Employee Compensation
Executive Compensation
Not-for-Profit Compensation
Incentive Design
Compensation Program Development
BA, Boston College
MBA, Babson College

Commitment to Clients

My consulting focus is two-fold. I work with a wide array of organizations in assessing and developing compensation programs designed to cover the majority of the workforce (i.e., employees below the executive level). As organizations strive to recruit, engage, and retain the talent required to be successful, pay programs need to be grounded in sound, market-based practices that reflect an organization’s priorities. In addition, I work with not-for-profit clients (boards and senior management) in ensuring executive compensation programs are aligned with their mission and strategy while recognizing the impact of regulatory and compliance issues.


Jim Hudner is a managing director and consulting team leader at Pearl Meyer. In his management role, he oversees a team of senior compensation consultants in the execution of the firm’s growth strategy and in the development of consultants at various stages in their careers. He consults in the areas of total compensation strategy, executive compensation, compensation planning, base salary management, incentive plan design, and performance management. Jim brings more than 30 years of consulting experience to his position and has consulted with organizations in a wide range of industries including technology, higher education, healthcare, research organizations, financial services, and manufacturing.

Jim has considerable experience with the assessment, design, implementation, and communication of compensation programs covering broad-based employee populations. His consulting experience also includes the development and assessment of executive compensation programs in tax-exempt organizations, particularly in light of Section 4958 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA with a concentration in human resources and finance from Babson College. He is an experienced speaker on a variety of compensation topics and has contributed to several industry publications.

Publications and Presentations By Jim Hudner

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