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Liz Mayo


Executive Summary

Ms. Mayo’s experience spans executive and board of director compensation, annual and long-term incentive plan design, change-in-control, employment agreements, and litigation support, among other topics. She is a Certified Compensation Professional with over two decades of compensation experience, including 16 years as the Sr. Director of Compensation for Brinker International. She has consulted extensively with public, private, and not-for-profit companies. In addition, Liz has experience in corporate human resources, with a specific emphasis on analytics and financial metrics analysis. Ms. Mayo volunteers time for several compensation non-profit boards and since 2007, she has served as a faculty member for WorldatWork and is their named subject matter expert on variable pay.

Executive Compensation Consulting Experience

  • Reviewed, analyzed, and designed competitive executive compensation programs including base salary, annual incentives, and long-term incentives.
  • Reviewed, analyzed and designed competitive board of director compensation programs.
  • Conducted reviews on Annual Incentive programs and designed competitive bonus structures in public and private companies.
  • Conducted reviews on Long-Term Incentive plans and designed competitive programs for public and private companies including stock options, restricted stock, performance shares and phantom stock.
  • Designed compensation programs for companies involved in turnaround situations, initial public offerings (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Designed international executive total direct compensation packages.
  • Designed analytic structures to ensure labor efficiency.
  • Analyzed and reviewed executive employment contract provisions.
  • Provided consulting services reviewing processes and pay to ensure equity.
  • Provided analysis for litigation support engagements related to reasonable compensation, bankruptcy, employment contracts, shareholder oppression, and wrongful death.
  • Conducted job evaluation, job analysis and job classification studies for clients in various industries.
  • Reviewed and designed salary structures.


  • Texas Monthly Magazine, Best Companies to Work for in Texas, 2011 – 2019, ranked in the top 3 for 2011 – 2014
  • Houston’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For 2014 and 2019
  • Houston Business Journal, Fast 100 List, 2018
  • Consulting Magazine, Fastest Growing Firms, 2017 and 2018
  • Houston Business Journal, Best Places to Work, 2010 – 2012 and 2017, ranked in the top 10 the first three years
  • Forbes, America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, 2016


Master’s Degree in Business Administration – Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration – Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana


Director, Longnecker & Associates

Sr. Director of Compensation; Sr. Manager – Compensation & HRIS; Compensation Analyst, Brinker International
Assistant Director of Staffing and Compensation, LSU Medical Center
Personnel Analyst III, City of Shreveport

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Mayo is a member of WorldatWork, North Texas Compensation Association, and the Chain Restaurant Total Rewards Association.

Certifications and Licenses

Certified Compensation Professional – WorldatWork
Certified Global Remuneration Professional – WorldatWork
Certified Executive Compensation – WorldatWork

All Posts By Liz Mayo

L&A Original Article: Compensation Resolutions for the New Year


While many businesses have a solid business plan in place, they often neglect implementing a compensation strategy. Without proper planning, it’s easy to offer too much or too little money to compete for talent and with the labor market at 3.9% unemployment (December 2018); it is critical to get compensation right to attract and retain the best. More troublesome is that some...

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L&A Original Article: The Full Picture with Gender Pay Equity


Is gender pay equity gap as big of an issue in 2018 as it has been in previous years? We are all told that gender pay equity is measured on the same scale, but in reality the gap virtually disappears when analyzing the same level, company, and function. Most articles cite “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” graph...

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L&A Original Article: Reactions to CEO Pay Ratios – the Destructiveness of Double Standards


The divisiveness of politics is reaching extremes in today’s climate. It’s incredible how the same story can be told by two different reporters and both will express the exact opposite information as fact. Walter Cronkite famously stated: “We all have our likes and our dislikes. But... when we’re doing news - when we’re doing the front-page news, not the back...

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L&A Original Article: Upcoming HR/Reward Legislations and How You Can Impact Congress


Federal legislation impacts all citizens. This is especially the case for rewards professionals, as they must navigate and implement rewards programs that are subject to new legislation once it becomes law. Last spring, when WorldatWork held its first Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., about a dozen attendees used the opportunity to visit their elected officials and staffers and discuss upcoming...

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