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Highest-paid Oregon CEOs earn less

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Articles - September 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010

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LIST RESEARCH AND STORY BY BRANDON SAWYER

The highest-paid CEOs Oregon public companies shared some of the pink slips and wage cuts that were common across all industries in the past year.

For 2009, the total pay for this year’s Top 40 dropped 5% versus last year’s Top 40, and nearly half the current crop received less compensation than they did the prior year. Bonuses plummeted 59%.

Salaries, non-equity incentives, pension values and other income also fell. The only components that grew were equity stakes: stock awards by 10% and option awards by 19%. Together they account for 45% of our CEO-pay pie, versus just 37% last year. Meanwhile, average stock prices from their companies rose 22% during 2009, no surprise given the market malaise at the end of 2008.

Among the 40 highest-paid top executives, 16 are new to the list: six replaced those from firms that no longer qualify as Oregon-based public companies; while 10 were handed the job in the past year.

Just two of the CEOs are women, Tamara Lundgren (No. 4), the new chief of Schnitzer Steel and Cascade Bancorp’s Patricia Moss (No. 25). The average age is 57, the youngest being 45-year-old Joshua Collins (No. 6) of Blount, and 74-year-old Chester Paulson (No. 38) of Paulson Capital being the oldest.

Nike’s Mark Parker sprinted from fourth to first place, bringing in $13.1 million, while Nike stock appreciated 27% during the fiscal year. Precision Castparts’ Mark Donegan and FLIR’s Earl Lewis traded second and third places, but the biggest climbers by rank were Columbia Sportswear’s Tim Boyle (No. 16) and Patrick Cavanagh of Williams Controls (No. 26). Digimarc’s Mark Davis (No. 27) fell the most with a 91% drop in pay from last year.

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