CTIA's Largent rakes in $2.7M, most among association chiefs

steve largentWho is the highest-paid head of a cable or telecommunications trade association? By a sizable margin, it's CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent, who, according to tax returns filed by non-profit cable and telecom organizations, had total compensation of $2.7 million in 2011, including a base salary of $961,968. FierceCable reviewed the tax returns and compiled a list of the top-paid association executives across the cable and telecom industries. Coming in behind Largent at No. 2 was Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro, who had a total pay package of $2.44 million. No. 3 was Michael Powell, a former FCC chairman who was named CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in March 2011, and earned a base salary of $1.7 million and total compensation of $2.25 million in 2011. Find out more in this FierceCable special report.

Article updated Sept. 18 to correct Largent's base pay figure.