R.J. Bannister

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

RJ is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer. He has 30 years of experience in consulting to the S&P 1500 and large private companies as the named Executive Compensation consultant representing either the Compensation Committee or Management and sometimes both parties. RJ has frequently been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Agenda. He has also written and contributed several chapters for books on the topics of Executive Compensation and Value-Based Management.

Former Affiliations

Prior to joining Farient, RJ was the Founder/CEO Bannister Group LLC, an Executive Compensation and Total Rewards consultancy which he founded in 2019. He started his firm after retiring from Willis Towers Watson as a Managing Director after a 25 year career (1994-2018) where he led their North American Executive Compensation practice. Prior to WTW, he started his career as a consultant with Strategic Compensation Associates.


RJ holds a M.Sc., Economics from the London School of Economics where he graduated with high honors and a BS, Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a triple concentration in Corporate Finance, Strategic Management and International Political Science.

Known For

RJ is nationally recognized for his innovative incentive plan design work. He has significant breadth and depth of industry and advisory experience which he leverages in working with his clients. He is an expert on aligning a company’s Total Rewards Strategy with their business and operating strategies.