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PHOTOGUIDE: Who is the richest CEO in wireless?: Troubled firms pay handsomely

The following list ranks U.S. wireless industry CEOs by total compensation for the 2007 fiscal year.

The ranking includes executives at public U.S. companies listed on the RCR Wireless News Stock Watch. Salary and total compensation figures were derived from annual proxy statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Total compensation includes salaries, bonuses, stock and option awards, non-equity incentive compensation and other compensation as defined by each company.

Figures for both Ed Zander and Gregory Brown for Motorola, and Gary Forsee and Dan Hesse for Sprint Nextel, are included in the ranking because they each received compensation for the fiscal year of 2007. Zander was succeeded by Brown in January of 2008. Forsee left Sprint Nextel in Oct. of 2007, with Hesse replacing him in the last two weeks of December.

James F. Voelker, CEO of InfoSpace, topped the list with $40.8 million in compensation for 2007. That includes a base salary of $401,538, more than $6.5 million in stock and options awards, $106,200 under a non-equity incentive plan and nearly $34 million in “other compensation,” which the company stated were payments related to special dividends and make-whole payments as well as a small contribution to Voelker’s 401(k) plan. In 2006, Voelker’s total compensation was $5.38 million.

Although the company has managed to shed much of its wireless business, InfoSpace was still active in the wireless industry in fiscal year 2007.

Executives at carriers helped round out the top 10, including Forsee at Sprint Nextel, Randall Stephenson at AT&T, Benjamin Wolff at Clearwire and Roger Linquist at MetroPCS.

While Steve Jobs officially only collected a $1 salary at iPhone maker Apple last year, he owns several million shares of Apple and also received payments from the company to cover costs related to use of his private jet for company business.

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CEO Compensation (Fiscal 2007)
Company
CEO
Salary
Other
Total
Infospace James F. Voelker $401,538 $40,403,957 $40,805,495
Sprint Nextel Gary D. Forsee (CEO until Oct. 2007) $1,529,915 $38,476,714 $40,006,629
Verizon Ivan Seidenberg $2,100,000 $24,453,576 $26,553,576
AT&T Randall L. Stephenson $1,158,583 $20,823,401 $21,981,984
General Dynamics Nicholas D. Chabraja $1,300,000 $17,254,668 $18,554,668
Verizon Lowell McAdam $800,000 $17,289,163 $18,089,163
Motorola Edward J. Zander (CEO until Jan 1. 2008) $1,500,000 $15,758,070 $17,258,070
Qualcomm Paul E. Jacobs $1,063,467 $14,019,765 $15,083,232
Texas Instruments R. K. Templeton $932,120 $11,787,714 $12,719,834
Nortel Networks Mike S. Zafirovski $1,272,941 $8,790,137 $10,063,078
Clearwire Corp. Benjamin G. Wolff $705,462 $8,204,434 $8,909,896
MetroPCS Roger D. Linquist $586,154 $6,961,556 $7,547,710
Motorola Gregory Q. Brown (CEO beginning Jan 2008) $857,500 $6,265,695 $7,123,195
Intel Craig R. Barrett $358,300 $5,963,800 $6,322,100
American Tower James D. Taiclet $835,000 $5,362,001 $6,197,001
F5 Networks John McAdam $495,508 $5,243,326 $5,738,834
Virgin Mobile USA Daniel H. Schulman $592,033 $4,066,757 $4,658,790
Crown Castle John P. Kelly $495,274 $3,986,096 $4,481,370
ADC Telecom Robert E. Switz $703,269 $3,372,916 $4,076,185
Leap Wireless International S. Douglas Hutcheson $610,385 $3,463,800 $4,074,185
U.S. Cellular John E. Rooney $790,000 $3,121,429 $3,911,429
IPCS Timothy M. Yager $449,712 $3,146,733 $3,596,445
Commscope Frank M. Drendel $820,388 $2,769,120 $3,589,508
Novatel Wireless Peter V. Leparulo $462,000 $3,093,873 $3,555,873
NTELOS Holdings James S. Quarforth $445,813 $2,990,804 $3,436,617
Palm Edward T. Colligan $610,000 $2,521,641 $3,131,641
Brightpoint Robert J. Laikin $800,000 $2,330,006 $3,130,006
Sprint Nextel Daniel R. Hesse (CEO beginning Dec. 18, 2007) $23,077 $2,971,219 $2,994,296
USA Mobility Vincent D. Kelly $600,000 $2,063,990 $2,663,990
FiberTower Corp. Michael K. Gallagher $343,438 $2,253,100 $2,596,538
Aruba Networks Dominic P. Orr $300,000 $2,171,650 $2,471,650
Syniverse Holdings Tony G. Holcombe $500,000 $1,927,142 $2,427,142
Verisign William A. Roper Jr. $421,154 $1,851,696 $2,272,850
Powerwave Ronald J. Buschur $600,158 $1,359,026 $1,959,184
SBA Jeffrey A. Stoops $475,000 $1,439,895 $1,914,895
Tellabs Krish A. Prabhu $900,000 $991,818 $1,891,818
Centennial Michael J. Small $425,000 $1,431,726 $1,856,726
Tessco Technologies Robert B. Barnhill Jr. $619,616 $1,218,172 $1,837,788

Telecom Systems

Maurice B. Tose $452,917 $1,131,556 $1,584,473
Starent Networks Ashraf M. Dahod $264,423 $1,302,571 $1,566,994
UTStarcom Hong Liang Lu $700,000 $805,815 $1,505,815
PC-Tel Martin H. Singer $437,500 $997,938 $1,435,438
EMS Technologies Paul B. Domorski $414,713 $840,784 $1,255,497
InterDigital William J. Merritt $468,000 $716,190 $1,184,190
Nextwave Wireless Allen Salmasi $770,769 $406,522 $1,177,291
CalAmp Fred Sturm $415,000 $701,502 $1,116,502
Openwave Systems Robert Vrij $212,310 $791,789 $1,004,099
Adtran Inc. Thomas R. Stanton $431,600 $556,167 $987,767
LCC International Dean J. Douglas $375,000 $612,183 $987,183
Glu Mobile L. Gregory Ballard $301,442 $559,501 $860,943
Airspan Networks Eric Stonestrom $380,000 $358,618 $738,618
Numerex Stratton Nicolaides $275,000 $422,780 $697,780
Comarco Thomas A. Franza $365,000 $327,912 $692,912

Super Conductor Technologies

Jeffrey A. Quiram $315,650 $285,885 $601,535
Airvana Randall S. Battat $300,500 $257,599 $558,099
Veraz Douglas A. Sabella $290,000 $244,491 $534,491
Berliner Richard B. Berliner $275,000 $240,119 $515,119
Fortune Industries John F. Fisbeck $495,000 $20,000 $515,000
Telular Michael J. Boyle $357,539 $32,154 $389,693
Metro One Telecom Gary E. Henry $200,000 $97,937 $297,937
Arc Wireless Solutions Randall P. Marx $245,000 $0 $245,000
WPCS International Andrew Hidalgo $168,000 $70,800 $238,800
Apple Steven Jobs $1 $0 $1

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