2006 Compensation: $14,115,770
Scott Ford joined Alltel as an EVP in 1996 and was appointed CEO in 2002. During that period Alltel has risen to become the fifth largest carrier in the U.S. He joined Alltel as executive vice president with responsibility for the company's communications businesses and corporate staff functions. He was named president in 1997. In 1998 he took on the additional duties of chief operating officer.