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Kanak RajanKanak S. Rajan

Kanak Rajan is a Partner and a compensation consultant in the Human Capital Practice of Mercer in Chicago.

Kanak works with clients to address complex compensation issues. Several of his projects have included:

  • Working with senior management and HR leadership to develop executive compensation programs that align management and shareholder interests
  • Developing incentive programs that are effective in complex business situations
  • Working with HR leadership to refine the rewards offering to the broad employee population with a focus on improving ROI on rewards spend
  • Developing compensation programs in transaction situations such M&A, divestiture, IPO and reorganization
  • Working with the sales function to identify performance improvement opportunities and implement rewards systems that drive the right behavior

Recent project experiences include:

  • For a leading senior living service provider, developed a competency-based leadership hierarchy and pay structures
  • For a medical device manufacturer, developed job classification, global grade structure and compensation governance model
  • For a global financial services client, redesigned compensation programs for the field sales force in alignment with the goal of achieving exponential growth
  • For a private equity owner, developed an executive LTI program that aligns Portfolio Company senior management with owner’s ROI

Prior to joining Mercer, Kanak was a consultant to clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia for over five years.

Kanak holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Topics Presenter Can Address

  • Base Pay
  • International Compensation
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Variable Compensation
  • Other Compensation/HR Subjects


Sample Presentation Titles

  • Market Trends in Innovative Bonus Plan Design
  • Staying on Top of the Ever-Changing Market for IT Talent - Dealing With Talent and Rewards Issues as Your IT Strategy Evolves
  • Incentive Plan Design 3.0


  • Brian French, Jason Industries, Inc., (414) 277-2111
  • Shann Sievers, Administration Missouri Employers Mutual, (573) 499.4175

Preferred Locations

  • Chicago Metro Area
  • South Suburbs
  • West Suburbs
  • North Suburbs

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