In putting together this survey, Plastics News assessed the compensation of more than 200 top officials at more than 80 publicly held U.S. and Canadian firms. These are the same firms for which we regularly publish stock price and earnings data. The survey was based on a study of all officials whose compensation was described in proxy statements. The survey has been expanded from last year's inaugural ranking, which focused on officials holding the titles of chief executive officer and president.
We excluded firms that derive less than 50 percent of corporate revenues from plastics operations, and executives of suppliers - machinery and resin-producing companies.
Nordby International Inc. of Boulder, Colo., calculated the data from proxy statements.