Is IT executive compensation losing ground?

For those who make it to the top of the IT ladder, the pay can be great.

But most IT executives in U.S. and Canada seem to be losing ground as a result of the economic recession, according to a new report released today by Janco Associates Inc.

Janco, a Park City, Utah-based IT consulting firm, said it found that the mean compensation for CIOs in large companies is now $168,839, a 6.11 per cent decrease from a similar study it issued a year ago.

In midsized organizations, the current average is $163,211, a drop-off of nearly 5 per cent, said Janco, which cited reductions in bonuses and fringe benefits for the compensation declines.

Janco’s salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive Internet-based and completed survey forms sent to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Data was collected from 231 U.S. organizations and information was also culled from filings submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

As part of its report, Janco also compiled a list of some of the most highly paid people working in IT, although several of the people on the list have multiple responsibilities at their companies – while others have taken new jobs since the compensation data was publicly reported.

The list is based on information available as of last summer and covers the preceding 12 months, Janco said.

In Canada, the fact that IT executive salaries have a high bonus component (higher than management and staff salaries) – and are therefore highly dependent on results – could be a challenge in a struggling economy.

A 2008 IT Job Market & Salary Survey report published by IT World Canada indicates that last year compensation packages for Canadian IT executive positions continued to outpace those for management and staff positions.

According to the report, the average total compensation for IT execs and senior management in 2008 was $135,000 – and this represented a 4.6 per cent increase over the average compensation for this group in 2007.

However, the survey also indicated that for executive and senior management positions, cash bonuses accounted for nearly 20 per cent of total compensation. This compared to 11 per cent for management and staff/technical positions.

Not surprisingly, in Canada CIOs dominate the top-paying jobs, although VP of IT/IS with or without the CIO designation, commands the highest compensation for IT executives.

In the Janco survey, the highest-paid executive idenfitied is Jeffrey Fox, chief operating officer at Alltel Corp., a Little Rock, Ark.-based telecommunications firm.

Fox, whose responsibilities include IT, network services and enterprise security, has an annual salary of $673,000 and total compensation of just over $9 million, Janco said.

Second on the consulting firm’s list is Robert Willett, CEO of Best Buy Co.’s international business unit with worldwide responsibility for the retailer’s information systems. Janco said that Willett’s salary is $623,000 and that other compensation raised his total intake to nearly $8.6 million.

Third is Jean Davis, who has been head of operations, technology and e-commerce at Wachovia Corp. and was paid a salary of $205,500, with total compensation of $7.3 million, Janco said.

Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. in a merger that was completed on Dec. 31.

The following round out the top 10, according to Janco:

  • Larry Kittelberger, senior vice president of technology and operations at Honeywell International Inc., with a salary of nearly $600,000 and total compensation of $6.4 million.
  • Joseph Antonellis, CIO and vice chairman at State Street Corp., with a $669,000 salary and $6.3 million in total compensation.
  • Glen Salow, executive vice president of service delivery and technology at Ameriprise Financial Inc., with a salary of $475,000 and total compensation of just over $6 million.


  • Timothy Shack, who currently is listed on The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s Web site as chairman of the company’s PNC Global Investment Servicing unit. In a previous SEC filing, Shack was identified as PNC’s CIO, with a reported salary of $510,000 and total compensation of nearly $6 million.



  • W. Roy Dunbar, who received a salary of $600,000 and total compensation of $5.2 million as CIO at MasterCard International Inc. Dunbar was named CEO of Network Solutions LLC last January.
  • Bob DeRodes, who received $715,192 in salary and nearly $5.2 million in total compensation before leaving his job as executive vice president and CIO at The Home Depot Inc. last year. DeRodes is now chief technology officer at First Data Corp.
  • Harvey DeMovick, CIO and executive vice president at Coventry Health Care Inc., with a salary of $600,00 and total compensation of nearly $4.7 million.



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