Special Compensation Report: Top Ten Paid Chief Executives
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August 07, 2002

New York, NY, August 7,, the online arm of CFO magazine, and Mercer Human Resource Consulting Group of New York City, New York, today announce the release of their annual “CFO Compensation Special Report.” The survey was based on analysis of 350 finance executives at the largest public companies and looked at all forms of CFO compensation.

The Special Report highlights that CFOs total earnings have slowed considerably in the past year, due in part to the reduction in stock option value and other non-cash incentives.

Median total direct compensation (TDC) for finance chiefs last year was a cool $961,000, according to the Survey. But for CFOs hoping to one day make as much as their bosses, the survey has some sobering news. For the last five years, median total CFO compensation has hovered persistently at 40 percent of chief executive pay; more detail can be found at:

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