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Mike Grasso

consultant | Pittsburgh 724-260-5369


Mike Grasso is a Consultant in the Pittsburgh office of Pay Governance. His experience includes competitive assessments of executive and director compensation, peer group development, annual and long-term incentive plan design, severance and change-in-control cost modeling, and pay-for-performance assessments. Mike assists publicly-traded and private companies in various industries, such as manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, consumer goods, real estate, education, and financial services.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Pay Governance, Mike worked as an associate in Towers Perrin's Executive Compensation practice.


Mike graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College with a B.A. in Business Administration and minors in Economics and Data Discovery.

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