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Christine Oberholzer Skizas

Managing Partner | Chicago 773-654-1375


Christine Oberholzer Skizas, a Pay Governance Managing Partner based in Chicago, has been consulting with clients across industries for nearly twenty years. Her areas of expertise include compensation strategy, short- and long-term incentive design, including traditional and alternative delivery vehicles, and transaction-related engagements.

Christine has had the opportunity to consult with a diverse group of clients across industries, including: energy services, financial services, manufacturing, rail, real estate, retail, and technology.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Pay Governance as a Partner, Christine served as the Group Leader of Towers Watson's Chicago Executive Compensation practice, managing the Chicago team of consultants while also serving as an advisor to Boards and Compensation Committees of public and private entities.

Prior to joining Towers Perrin, Christine managed the compensation consulting practice of a boutique national real estate advisory firm. Christine's professional career began in Arthur Andersen's Business Consulting division as a member of the Financial Services Industry practice, assisting some of the largest financial institutions in the country with the assessment, design and implementation of various operational strategies ranging from consumer lending to customer care.


Christine received a B.B.A degree in Finance and Business Economics with a concentration in International Business from The University of Notre Dame.

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