The 25 highest-paid executives in wireless/telecom in 2018

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It’s that time of year again when we sift through an avalanche of regulatory filings to find the highest-paid executives. In this case, “we” refers to our own FierceVideo Editor Ben Munson, who tracked down the names and numbers for us.

This year, we’ve split our list in two. The FierceWireless list focuses on executives within telecom and wireless while FierceVideo’s list focuses on executives within the pay TV and streaming video industry.

Some notable names that didn’t make the list this year include Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm (who made about $13 million in 2018), CenturyLink director and former CEO Glen Post (who made about $10 million in 2018) and Cisco CFO Kelly Kramer (who made about $11 million in 2018). Intel executives like Navin Shenoy, EVP, and Venkata Renduchintala, group president, also didn’t make the cut. However, one who did—AT&T’s John Donovan—just made news for another reason, announcing his retirement effective Oct. 1.

For some compare and contrast, make sure to revisit the highest-paid executives lists from 2018 and 2017.

AT&T (2018 revenue: $170.8 billion)

25. John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications

John Donovan

Total compensation (2018): $14,585,867

Total compensation (2017): $15,193,700

Salary: $1,175,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $13,410,867

 

24. John Stephens, CFO, AT&T

John Stephens AT&T

Total compensation (2018): $15,642,304

Total compensation (2017): $13,892,807

Salary: $1,096,875

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $14,545,429

 

Verizon (2018 revenue: $130.9 billion)

23. John Stratton, Former Executive Vice President, Verizon

John Stratton Verizon

Total compensation (2018): $15,646,852

Total compensation (2017): $13,540,151

Salary: $1,260,962                           

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $14,385,890

 

Apple (2018 revenue: $265.5 billion)

22. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Tim Cook Apple

Total compensation (2018): $15,682,219

Total compensation (2017): $12,825,066

Salary: $3,000,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $12,682,219

 

T-Mobile (2018 revenue: $43.3 billion)

21. David Carey, Executive Vice President, T-Mobile

David Carey T-Mobile

Total compensation (2018): $15,853,977

Total compensation (2017): N/A

Salary: $774,038               

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $15,079,939

 

20. Steven Rodgers, General Counsel, Intel

Steven Rodgers Intel

Total compensation (2018): $16,211,900

Total compensation (2017): N/A

Salary: $800,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $15,411,900

 

19. Robert Swan, CEO, Intel

Robert Swan Intel

Total compensation (2018): $16,706,700

Total compensation (2017): $11,114,700

Salary: $898,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $15,808,700

 

18. Gerri Elliott, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Cisco

Gerri Elliot Cisco

Total compensation (2018): $16,848,424

Total compensation (2017): N/A

Salary: $187,500               

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $16,660,924

 

17. Brian Krzanich, Former CEO, Intel

Brian Krzanich Intel

Total compensation (2018): $18,050,300

Total compensation (2017): $21,544,700

Salary: $694,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $17,356,300

The 25 highest-paid executives in wireless/telecom in 2018

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