The top 25 highest paid executives at publicly traded restaurant companies did well for themselves in 2010. Technomic researched filings on the 60 publicly traded companies coming up with a trove of data, from which these figures were distilled.
While Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz led the pack with $21.7 million in total compensation, it was McDonald’s with the most executives in the ranking—five—led by CEO James A. Skinner at $17.6 million.
Schultz was at the top of the heap despite a 22 percent decrease in his bonus from 2009, dropping to a puny $1.3 million, despite the chain’s profit margin increasing by a whopping 121 percent over the same time period.
Pulling up the bottom of the list is Roland C. Smith, CEO of the former Wendy’s/Arby’s Group (which saw a 190 percent drop in profits). Smith came in with a relatively modest $3.4 million.
Also of interest, the list is no longer the exclusive bastion of CEOs. Four CFOs and even two COOs made it in.
2010 Total Compensation
|Starbucks Corp.||Howard Schultz, CEO|
|McDonald’s Corp.||James A. Skinner, CEO|
|Yum! Brands Inc.||David C. Novak, CEO|
|Yum! Brands Inc.||Jing-Shyh S. Su, CEO, China Div.|
|Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.||Steve Ells, Co-CEO|
|Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.||Monty Moran, Co-CEO|
|McDonald’s Corp.||Ralph Alvarez, COO|
|Darden Restaurants Inc.||Clarence Otis, Jr., CEO|
|Ruby Tuesday Inc.||S.E. Beall, III, CEO|
|Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.||Michael A. Woodhouse, CEO|
|McDonald’s Corp.||Timothy J. Fenton, President, Asia, Middle East, Africa|
|McDonald’s Corp.||Denis Hennequin, President, Europe|
|Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.||Jack Hartung, CFO|
|Yum! Brands Inc.||Graham D. Allan, CEO, International|
|Domino’s Pizza Inc.||J. Patrick Doyle, CEO|
|McDonald’s Corp.||Peter J. Bensen, CFO|
|Darden Restaurants Inc.||Andrew H. Madsen, COO|
|Jack in the Box Inc.||Linda Lang, CEO|
|Yum! Brands Inc.||Richard T. Carucci, CFO|
|Panera Bread Company||Ronald M. Shaich, Former CEO|
|Bob Evans Farms Inc.||Steven A. Davis, CEO|
|Starbucks Corp.||Clifford Burrows, President, Starbucks|
|Cheesecake Factory Inc.||David Overton, CEO|
|Starbucks Corp.||Troy Alstead, CFO|
|Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.||Roland C. Smith, CEO|