Skip to main content
Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Managing Director
Executive Compensation
Business Strategy and Executive Compensation Alignment
Compensation Committee Oversight and Governance
Healthcare Industry
Tax Exempt and Private Businesses
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
MA, California State University
PhD (ABD), Illinois Institute of Technology

Commitment to Clients

The organizations I serve are working to alter their strategic direction based on changing market conditions. The degree of strategic change may be greater than in the past, and they can’t afford a cookie-cutter approach to executive compensation. I invest time in gaining solid understanding of the experiences and perspectives reflected in their compensation committees and management teams. This process allows us to develop something that’s competitive, fits their culture, and achieves their goals.


Steve Sullivan, a managing director at Pearl Meyer, has more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience assisting clients in executing their strategic human resources and compensation initiatives. His focus has been in the areas of executive compensation program benchmarking, design, and oversight in the healthcare industry and for tax-exempt businesses. Steve also advises clients in the areas of sales and performance incentives, recruitment, motivation and retention, strategic compensation program design and implementation, and organizational change. He has experience in the financial services, manufacturing, and information technology industries.

Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Steve was a director in McGladrey’s Human Capital Services Practice. He also previously served as a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s National Human Capital Practice, providing advisory services to both public and private companies; as Americas’ compensation manager for Andersen Consulting (Accenture), and as a compensation consultant for the Bank Administration Institute. Steve has also worked on the corporate side of compensation as a human resources officer at The Northern Trust Company.

Steve holds a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MA from California State University, and has completed studies toward an Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He has conducted research and spoken in different forums on aligning executive compensation with transformational healthcare business strategies, non-profit IRS compliance issues, institutional investor activism, corporate governance and strategic compensation alignment with organizational imperatives. Steve is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and WorldatWork.

Publications and Presentations By Steve Sullivan

At Pearl Meyer, we work with boards and organizations to design and implement compensation and leadership strategies that build great management teams.
Find out how we can help you.
Get in touch with us