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16. Todd M. Fruchterman
Todd M. Fruchterman
Sr. VP Research & Development and CTO
Kinetic Concepts (KCI)

Age: 39
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.

Source: Equilar Inc.

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Last updated February 24 2010: 12:57 PM ET
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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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