Executives’ wallets remained healthy last year, despite management shifts at some prominent companies. Headlining departures included Paul Charron, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., and Mark Weber, former CEO of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. When added together, the top 10 vendors made nearly $89 million in their compensation packages.* An interesting note: The top 10 vendor executives this year are all men—the top-ranked woman, Trudy F. Sullivan, outgoing president of Liz Claiborne Inc., comes in at number 12.
RALPH LAUREN, 67, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CEO, POLO RALPH LAUREN CORP. Total value:$25.9 million Base salary: $1 million; bonus: $0; stock and options: $8.2 million; other: $16.6 million Hats off to Lauren, whose company’s strong growth continued last year. Lauren said in a statement in March, “We have made significant progress on all fronts, from opening new luxury stores to initiating steps to expand our accessories business in new categories, such as watches and fine jewelry, to taking direct control of our Japanese business and our Internet business.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"