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Mylan's Longtime Chief Executive Got a Big Payday

When I started looking at Mylan, one thing that stood out: Executive compensation.

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In 2011, Mylan’s longtime chief executive Robert Coury, who gave up the post at the end of the year to become executive chairman (he’s also chairman of the board) earned cash compensation of $7.4 million.

Sounds like a lot — and it is, especially given Mylan’s size.

According to Equilar, Coury’s cash compensation, which includes the cash bonus and non-equity incentive plan comp, is the highest in the drug industry. Runner-up, with $6.3 million, was Lamberto Andreotti of Bristol-Meyers Squibb .

Yet (and here’s the important part) Mylan’s revenues last year of $6.1 billion and market cap of around $9.4 billion are dwarfed by Bristol-Meyers, which boasted revenue last year of $21 billion and has a market cap of $55 billion.

As for total comp: Coury’s $16.7 million, including stock and options awards, was second to Ian Read’s $18.1 million at Pfizer . But Pfizer has a market cap of $168 billion and sales of $67.4 billion.

And if you were wondering: In 2011, Mylan’s stock rose 1.96 percent vs. 23.96 percent for Pfizer and 33.4 percent for Bristol-Myers.

Mylan did not respond to my inquiry about the level of Coury’s pay.

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