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Yahoo CEO ranked 2nd on company's 2012 pay scale

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer emerged as the Internet company's second highest paid executive during her first five-and-half months on the job.

Regulatory documents filed Tuesday revealed that Mayer received a pay package valued at $36.6 million last year. Most of the compensation consisted of stock awards that Mayer got in July when she ended a 13-year stint as a top Google executive to become Yahoo's CEO.

Most of the components of Mayer's pay had been previously disclosed.

It wasn't previously known that Mayer ranked second on Yahoo Inc.'s pay scale last year.

Henrique de Castro, another former Google Inc. executive who became Yahoo's chief operating officer in November, eclipsed Mayer with a compensation package valued at $39.2 million.

Like Mayer, most of de Castro's pay is linked to long-term stock incentives that could be worth more or less depending on how Yahoo's stock performs during the next few years.

Yahoo's stock has surged by nearly 60 percent since Mayer became CEO, largely because of the rising value of the company's holdings in rapidly growing Alibaba Group, a Chinese Internet company. Investors also have been encouraged by improvements that Mayer, 37, has been making to Yahoo's online services and mobile applications as part of her strategy to attract more traffic and sell more advertising.

The Associated Press calculates an executive's total compensation by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest that the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year. The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pension benefits — something that Yahoo doesn't pay anyway.

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