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May 5, 2021

Executive Compensation at the World Wildlife Fund (2019)

by Anne Paddock

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the most recognized conservation groups in the world. A 501 (c) (3) based in Washington, DC (but with offices worldwide), WWF has 636 employees who received total compensation of $97 million in 2019, which equates to an average compensation of $153,000, according to the organization’s IRS Form 990. However, only 240 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation, with the 13 most highly compensated listed below:

  • $939,880:  Carter Roberts, President and CEO
  • $941,715:  Marsha Marsh, COO
  • $478,804:  Margaret Ackerley, SVP and General Counsel
  • $433,988:  Jason Clay, SVP Markets and Food
  • $394,184:  Julie Miller, SVP Development
  • $385165:  Terrence Macko, SVP Marketing and Communications
  • $380,124:  Ginette Hemley, SVP Wildlife Conservation
  • $366,714:  Nikhil Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer
  • $360,179:  Sheila Bonini, SVP Private Sector Engagement
  • $309,785:  Mary Shaw, SVP Science
  • $305,914:  David McCauley, SVP Policy and Gov’t Affairs
  • $270,627:  Michael Bauer, CFO
  • $229,168:  Leroy Wade, Controller

Of the 13 most highly compensated individuals, 7 are male (54%) and 6 are female (46%).  Of the ten most highly compensated individuals, 4 are male and 6 are female.

The IRS Form 990 also reports charter travel was paid for.

WWF made gross up payments or tax indemnifications. Specifically, gross up payments were provided on a relocation and “small” (undefined) performance recognitions during the year.

The five (5) most highly compensated independent contractors were reported to be:

  • $10,297,409:  PMG, Inc., of Hanover, MD for print, product, mail
  • $   790,143:  Public Interest Communications, of Falls Church, VA for telemarketing services
  • $   661,229:  M & R Strategic Services, of Washington, DC for online marketing
  • $   660,365:  Sisk Fulfillment Services, of Federalsburg, MD for communications consulting
  • $   630,148:  Blackbaud, of Atlanta, GA for IT services

To read the IRS Form 990 (for the year ending June 30, 2019), click here.

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