First Runner-Up: Charles Szews, Oshkosh
Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) CEO Charles Szews was paid a total of $2.34 million in 2012. Meanwhile, OSK stock gained almost 35% last year and currently sits within 7% of its five-year high of $44.57.
Oshkosh shareholders paid just $60,600 for each 1% of performance in 2012. That’s especially gratifying knowing management faced the wrath of Carl Icahn for most of last year, with the activist investor finally giving up on Dec. 4.
Since then, Oshkosh’s stock is up 43% on news that the company’s financials are vastly improved. In late January, OSK raised its full-year earnings (September 2013 year-end) guidance from $2.35-$2.60 per share to $2.80-$3.05.