Shari Dunn

Shari Dunn is a Managing Director with Gallagher's Human Resources and Compensation Consulting practice. Upon receiving her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, Shari headed to New York City to take a position in the human resources department of the Marine Midland Bank, and later worked at Nabisco in operations research. Returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, she became a Research Associate for McKinsey & Co. Next, she moved to Deloitte (then Touche Ross) as a consultant. It was at these two prominent consulting firms that she became knowledgeable about the challenges of paying employees effectively and gained high-level strategic consulting experience. Recognizing the additional value of applied corporate experience, she then spent the next ten years in compensation management positions with Fibreboard Corporation, Boise Cascade, Bank of America, and Castle & Cooke, where she worked both domestically and internationally.

Shari was named a Top Consultant for 2022 by Consulting magazine in the Lifetime Achievement category. The recognition honors consultants who have differentiated themselves "by their ability to innovate, deliver the highest levels of client service and affect positive change for their peers, their firms, and the industry," according to the magazine. Thanks to Shari Dunn, millions of workers worldwide receive more equitable and competitive pay. The employers of those workers benefit from her sustainable, equitable, and compliance-oriented approach to compensation.

In 1980, she established Comp Analysis, a consultancy dedicated to helping employers make successful compensation decisions. In December 2010, the firm, having grown to become a leading independent San Francisco Bay Area compensation management consulting firm specializing in broad-based pay plans, was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG).

In addition to her management and consulting activities, Shari is a well-known speaker and regularly leads seminars and workshops on employee compensation and related issues for a variety of audiences. She has published a number of articles and white papers, and serves as an expert witness in connection with wage and hour litigation and other compensation matters.