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John Seffrin, American Cancer Society CEO: $1,045,887
Dr. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society since 1992, earned $1 million-plus last year thanks to a hefty deferred pay package, tax records show.
The Atlanta-based non-profit, which eliminated 140 positions this year, paid Seffrin a base salary of $685,884 for the year ending Aug. 31, 2008. It also kicked in about $360,000 more toward his benefits and deferred compensation.
A supplemental retirement plan sets aside deferred compensation, paid in addition to employees’ standard pension, for Seffrin and other Cancer Society executives. The non-profit reports that income each year to the IRS, even though the recipients won’t collect it until retirement. That amount includes employer contributions as well as growth in the retirement plan’s value.
At Seffrin’s request, the Cancer Society reduced his salary recently by 6 percent, said Greg Donaldson, vice president for corporate communications. Other executive salaries, Donaldson said, have been frozen for two years.
The 2008 retirements of seven long-time officers complicate efforts to use tax records to determine those executives’ annual salaries. Deputy CEO Donald Thomas’s total compensation, for instance, jumped from about $569,000 in 2007 to more than $1.2 million in 2008. The difference, Donaldson said, is Thomas’s payout from the supplemental plan.
Other executive compensation from the Cancer Society’s 2008 tax forms: (NOTE: The Cancer Society says three of these folks retired, and their 2008 compensation may have included deferred pay that had been reported in previous years. So I have deleted them from the following list and moved them down to the next one for 2007, which shows what they earned in a full year before their retirement.)
- $610,927 — John Shipkoski, CEO South Atlantic Division
- $573,589 — David Veneziano, CEO California Division
- $561,140 — Ann Pomerinke, CEO Great West Division
- $535,494 — Mike Dany, CEO High Plains Division
- $511,107 — Greg Bontrager, deputy chief operating officer
- $456,691 — Wayne Miller, chief operating officer Mid-South Division
- $334,472 — Terry Music, interim chief mission officer
- $304,293 — Catherine Mickle, chief financial officer
In addition, tax records for 2007 show compensation for these officers in the year before they retired or left the organization:
- $617,051 — Dr. Harmon Eyre, chief medical officer
- $569,495 — Donald Thomas, deputy CEO
- $565,397 — Patricia Felts, chief operating officer
- $552,213 — Ann Pomerinke, CEO Great West Division
- $522,090 — John Shipkoski, CEO South Atlantic Division
- $425,151 — William Barram, national vice president, division services
- $381,588 — O. Clinton Clampitt, national vice president, division services
- $365,295 — Robert Mitchell, president, American Cancer Society Foundation
- $333,157 — Jerome Yates, national vice president, research
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