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For the third year in a row, the National Association for Female Executives on recently named San Diego's Scripps Health as one of the top 10 companies for executive women, based on its policies and practices encouraging women's advancement.

Betty Spence, president of the National Association of Female Executives, said Scripps Health is an example of how women are excelling in the health care industry.

“Women are running hospitals' operations and controlling major decisions — opportunities that at for-profit companies still often elude women,” she said.

With the sole exception of the TIAA-CREF retirement planning group, the other companies on the association's top 10 were associated with health care, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Bon Secours Health System and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

At Scripps, women make up 76 percent of the 13,700 employees and 68 percent of its management group. Of the company's 61 top executives, 24 are women, or 39 percent.

“Scripps has been shaped in every way by the more than 100,000 women who've passed through its doors since its founding in 1924, and we continue to build on the strength of that history today,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps.

Scripps' latest Form 990 filing available from the Internal Revenue Service showed that its highest paid woman executive -- June Komar, executive vice president for strategy and administration -- received total compensation of $1.5 million in fiscal 2012-13, including deferred compensation and benefits, second only to Van Gorder, who received $4.1 million.

Out of the 21 highest-paid executives listed on the IRS form, however, there were only two other women: Barbara Price, corporate senior vice president for strategy and business development, in 17th place with $765,307, and Cathy Guibal, who was then chief financial officer of the Scripps Medical Foundation, in last place with $528,585.

Guibal has since moved on to become a principal at Sullivan, Cotter & Associates, a San Francisco consulting firm specializing in compensation programs for health care groups and other nonprofits.

Scripps has been included on the “Best 100 Companies” by Working Mother for the past 10 consecutive years. Additionally, Scripps last year was named for the seventh time to Fortune magazine's 17th annual list of America's “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

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Chris Van Gorder

  • Chief Executive Officer, President

Victor Buzachero

  • Senior Vice President

Richard Rothberger

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Arnold Eastman

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