Nearly half of Northwest CEOs, or 68, received stock-option awards in 2007.

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Nearly half of Northwest CEOs, or 68, received stock-option awards in 2007. The average award was worth $1.1 million, though Clearwire’s Benjamin Wolff received options valued at 11 times that amount. Three of the five CEOs with the largest option awards, including Wolff, were new to their jobs in 2007.

CEO Company Grant-date value
Benjamin Wolff* Clearwire $12,145,870
Granger Cobb * Emeritus 6,540,000
James Donald** Starbucks 6,314,395
Mark Donegan Precision Castparts 3,910,820
Neil Fiske* Eddie Bauer Holdings 3,904,000
*Wolff became CEO in January 2007. Cobb was hired as co-CEO in September 2007. Fiske became CEO in July 2007.

** Donald was replaced as CEO by Howard Schultz in January.