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12. Brenda Barnes
Brenda Barnes
Former Chairman and CEO
Sara Lee (SLE)

2009 Total compensation: $11.5 million*

Source: Equilar Inc.

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Last updated September 29 2010: 6:17 AM ET
* Barnes took a medical leave of absence on May 14, 2010 and left the company effective August 9, 2010.
Note: Total compensation includes annualized base salary, 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., prepared the chart by looking at companies with more than $1 billion in revenues that filed proxies by Aug. 15.
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