Kinetic Concepts (KCI)
2008 Total compensation*: $1.56 million
Fruchterman knows scientists like to be by themselves. But in 2005 when he joined Kinetic, a medical device maker that specializes in wound treatments, he wanted researchers to be in contact with patients and doctors to improve product development.
The new philosophy, along with a boosted R&D budget of more than $100 million, looks to be working; last year Kinetic pulled in revenues of $1.9 billion, up 19% from 2007.
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