Top female executives
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Executive Company 2012 total comp. 2011 total comp. 1-year percent change 1-year percent stock change
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Gail Boudreaux UnitedHealth Group Inc. 20,700,447 13,882,396 49.1 8.5
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Lori Sweere UnitedHealth Group Inc. 9,675,756     8.5
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Kathryn Tesija Target Corp. 5,100,307 5,434,459 -6.1 21.5
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Sally Smith Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. 3,527,288 4,124,024 -14.5 7.8
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Shelly Ibach Select Comfort Corp. 2,126,027 1,579,482 34.6 20.7
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Mary Twinem Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. 2,058,842 2,274,897 -9.5 7.8
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L.A. Walker Valspar Corp. 1,677,904 1,637,880 2.4 63.2
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Judith Shoulak Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. 1,650,551 2,042,823 -19.2 7.8
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Jody Feragen Hormel Foods Corp. 1,556,761 2,232,906 -30.3 2.3
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Kathleen Benning Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. 1,443,660 1,804,268 -20.0 7.8

The annual Star Tribune compensation survey examined compensation data for the largest publicly-held companies in Minnesota. Proxy information for some companies was not available at press time; the survey analyzed information from more than 150 public companies. Total compensation includes all cash payments, deferred compensation and the monetary value of stock awarded, as specified by each company in its annual proxy statement or 10-K filing. Total compensation also includes any gains from the exercise of stock options. The chart on this page includes top executives within each company, ranked in order of total compensation.

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch - Chairman
Chw - Chairwoman
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
P - President
COO - Chief Operating Officer
Sec. - Secretary
NM - Not meaningful
NR - Not ranked
- Means not available
Source: Company reports, Bloomberg News

Check out the CEO pay packages at Minnesota's largest public companies. Median total pay of chief executive officers in 2012 rose 2.6 percent to $1.22 million, the highest since 2007. Here are the 100 largest CEO pay packages among the public companies we examined.

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