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Cisco CEO John Chambers raked in almost $400 million while Cisco's shareholders lost almost 30% of their investment
Thu, 7/29/10 - 5:51pm    View comments

John T. Chambers Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems

Wall Street Journal Report    -    The Decade's 25 Top Earners

Over a 10-year period, Cisco Chairman and CEO John T. Chambers raked in almost $400 million, while simultaneously, Cisco's shareholders lost almost 30% of their investment:

The Decade's 25 Top Earners
The Decade's 25 Top Earners

Jesse FriedFurthermore, according to the report this week in The Wall Street Journal:

Four of the 10 highest-earning executives ran companies whose shareholders lost money over the decade: IAC/InterActive, Countrywide, Capital One and Cendant Corp.

The disparity between those CEOs' fortunes and those of their shareholders is "pretty depressing," and "suggests there's a fair amount of pay without performance," said Jesse Fried, a law professor at Harvard University and co-author of a 2004 book, "Pay Without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation."

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So what's your take, does Cisco CEO John Chambers qualify as a "poster boy" for pay without performance?

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