Eric Bock

  • $4.95M
  • Executive vice president, chief legal officer and chief administrative officer
  • Travelport Limited
  • Atlanta
  • Bachelor’s degree, economics, Lafayette College
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law

New to our list this year in the No. 1 spot are Bock and Atlanta-based Travelport, which provides transaction processing services to the global travel industry, with 3,500 employees and locations in 170 countries. He’s one of those bright new GCs who offer double value, serving also as the company’s chief administrative officer, a title he added in 2009. Include his role as chief compliance and ethics officer, and that might be double times two. He plays a key role in strategic planning as well. Previously he was executive vice president, law, for Cendant Corp. During his nine years there he helped to divide Cendant into four separate companies in 2006: Travelport, Realogy, Wyndam Worldwide and Avis Budget Group. Before joining Cendant, Bock worked for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Joey Loudermilk

  • $2.49M
  • Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary
  • AFLAC Inc.
  • Columbus
  • Bachelor’s degree, Georgia State University
  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law

Loudermilk was fourth on our list last year, with a comparable total pay package. He’s been with AFLAC since 1983, when he became the insurer’s first in-house lawyer. He’s been GC since 1991. He also heads up government relations for the company. But he isn’t the only Loudermilk in the AFLAC legal department. The proxy statement also discloses that his son, J. Matthew Loudermilk, earned $165,400 last year as second vice president and associate counsel. The younger Loudermilk graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2000.

John Parker Jr.

  • $2.10M
  • Senior vice president and general counsel
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
  • Atlanta
  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law

Parker is down a bit from No. 1 and $3.91 million last year, and he fell out of the Southeast top 10. He started out as an in-house lawyer with the Coca-Co. in 1987 and has served in a continuous string of higher positions with Coke in past 25 years. He stepped up to GC for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York in 1992.

Richard Denning

  • $1.89M
  • Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel
  • Cumulus Media Inc.
  • Atlanta
  • J.D., National Law Center, George Washington University

Prior to joining Cumulus, Denning worked for Dow, Lohnes & Albertson’s corporate practice group in Atlanta. He also worked in DLA’s Washington, D.C., office and has a background in regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission. Denning added the title of CEO last year.

Kent Mast

  • $1.75M
  • Corporate vice president and chief legal officer
  • Equifax Inc.
  • Atlanta
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law

Equifax has announced that Mast, 68, will retire at the end of 2012. He’s been with the company since 2000. Prior to joining Equifax, Mast worked for Kilpatrick Townsend and Hunton & Williams. His replacement as GC will be King & Spalding senior partner John Kelley III.

G. Sanders Griffith III

  • $1.64M
  • Senior executive vice president, general counsel and secretary
  • Total System Services Inc.
  • Columbus
  • Bachelor’s degree, LaGrange College
  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law

Griffith has served in the legal department of TSYS and Synovus Bank since 1988. Total System named him GC in 1988, secretary in 1995 and senior executive vice president in 2008, according to the company’s proxy. He’s responsible for legal affairs worldwide, as well as compliance, information security and business continuity. Prior to joining the company, he was in private practice.

Stephen Hellrung

  • $1.64M
  • Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary
  • Graphic Packaging Holding Co.
  • Marietta
  • Bachelor’s and J.D., University of Notre Dame

Hellrung is an example of a GC who came to the job as an experienced GC. He took his current job in 2003. Before that, he served as GC at Pillsbury, Lowe’s and Bausch & Lomb. Before becoming a GC, he served as an assistant GC at A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. Prior to his corporate counsel job, he spent six years as an associate at Rassieur, Long, Yawitz & Schneider. He was in our No. 5 spot last year, with $1.73 million.

Peter Schneider

  • $1.53M
  • Executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief administrative officer
  • Primerica Inc.
  • Duluth
  • Bachelor’s and J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Schneider was in the No. 2 spot for the Georgia top 10 last year, and No. 9 for the Southeast, with $3.75 million.

John Camperlengo

  • $1.36M
  • Senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary
  • Gentiva Health Services Inc.
  • Atlanta
  • Bachelor’s degree, St. John’s University
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law

Camperlengo was named GC of Gentiva, the home health care services company, in 2010. He had been deputy GC since 2005. His first job with the company was senior counsel in 2000. Prior, he was chief compliance officer and vice president at Duane Reade Holdings, a retail pharmacy chain. Previously, he worked in the Prudential Insurance Co. of America legal department. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Robert McIntosh

  • $1.30M
  • Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary
  • Rock-Tenn Co.
  • Norcross
  • Bachelor’s in finance, Virginia Tech
  • M.B.A., Emory University
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law

McIntosh became GC of RockTenn, the consumer packaging company, in 2000, with more titles added since. Prior to joining the company he practiced at King & Spalding for 10 years, representing companies in mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate and securities matters.