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13. Brent K. Whittington
Brent K. Whittington
COO & EVP
Windstream (WIN)


Age: 38
2008 Total compensation*: $2.05 million

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock grad started out at Arthur Andersen, then joined Alltel in 2002, working his way up to SVP of operations, before joining Windstream, a Little Rock-based phone, Internet and TV provider in 2005.

As one of the company's top executives, he helped orchestrate the imminent acquisitions of D&E Communications for $330 million and Lexcom Inc. for $141 million.

Source: Equilar Inc.



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Note: *Total compensation includes actual salary received, discretionary and performance-based bonus payouts, the grant-date fair value of new stock and option awards and other compensation. If relevant, other compensation includes severance payments. Equilar Inc., an executive compensation research firm in Redwood Shores, Calif., chart by looking at Fortune 1000 companies with fiscal year ends ranging from July 2008 to June 2009 that filed proxies by October 5, 2009.

Note: To be eligible for the 20 highest paid list, candidates had to be 39 or younger on Nov. 1, 2009.
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