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Severance payments to chief executives generally seem to rise with tenure; one such payout equates to three times base compensation. Still, CEO paychecks from professional associations are smaller than those from trade groups: Median take-home pay for professional society CEOs was $324,010, while median pay for trade group CEOs was $471,125
Oct. 17, 2013
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America CEO Donald Santa’s take-home pay jumped 37 percent in 2012 to $1.7 million. Unlike previous years, he received $453,805 in other compensation, likely from a retirement payout. That doesn’t mean Santa is retired or retiring. Supplemental retirement payouts during the course of employment are common for association CEOs. INGAA, an $8.9 million organization, also reported paying deferred compensation of $551,165 for Santa.