Meet the Millionaire CIOs

CIOs rank among top paid execs at 47 Fortune 1000 companies

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Female Power

In addition to her accomplishments, Desoer at Bank of America is notable for her chromosomes. She's one of nine women on this year's list—the highest number of female tech execs who've made it since we started doing this research. A woman topped the list once before. In 2000, Leslie Tortora of Goldman Sachs was No. 1, with $9.5 million.

Although the number of females in IT leadership positions has declined from 15 percent in 2004 to 12 percent last year, according to recruiting firm Sheila Greco Associates, the number of female CIOs is up from 7 percent in 2000 to 9 percent last year.

The nine in our ranking collectively pulled in more than $23 million in 2007 and come from a variety of industries: financial services, manufacturing, utilities and retail. They are high earners, too. Average compensation for the women on the list is $2.6 million, compared with just under $2.4 million for all the men and women ranked. Anna Ewing at Nasdaq (No. 18, $2.2 million) has been at the stock exchange for eight years and before that held executive IT positions at CIBC and Merrill Lynch. Mahvash Yazdi (No. 27, $1.4 million) has been at Edison International for 11 years and led the company's integration of Southern California Edison. She also sits on the board of directors of Apria HealthCare.

What Glass Ceiling?

Women factored well among the highest paid Fortune 1000 CIOs in 2007

Technology Executive Company / Industry Total 2007 Compensation* Rank

Barbara Desoer

Global Technology & Operations Executive

Bank of America

Financial Services
$10,532,513 1

Linda Goodspeed

EVP of IT & Business Development

Lennox International

$2,968,830 13

Jana Schreuder

President, Worldwide Operations & Technology

Northern Trust

Financial Services
$2,473,176 16

Anna Ewing

EVP Global Software Development & CIO

Nasdaq OMX Group

Financial Services
$2,201,253 18

Mahvash Yazdi

SVP, Business Integration & CIO

Edison International

$1,422,326 27

Lisa Bachmann

SVP Merchandise Planning/Allocation, CIO

Big Lots

$1,333,129 32

Jeanne Moreno



$1,227,819 35

Cara Kinzey



$775,528 41

Laurie Douglas


Publix Super Markets

$555,793 46

SOURCE: Company proxy statements and 10-K filings. *Includes bonus, stock, options, incentive pay, pension contributions and other compensation. Ranking based on top 47 CIOs. Download a pdf of the full chart here.

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