Should Michael Marks Be Smiling?

When Michael Marks stepped down as chief executive of Flextronics, the EMS firm gave him a healthy going-away present: $7.5 million in cash, medical and dental benefits for life for him and his wife, among other goodies.

Did he deserve it? The folks at the Motley Fool think not, pointing to Flextronics’ performance both recent and since 2000. Over the past fiscal year, Flex’s profits fell each quarter, and its forecast is down as well. Worse, a $10,000 investment in Flextronics in 2000 would have been worth just $3,419 as of last March, when the company’s fiscal 2006 ended.

At least the Marks’ dentist can count on getting paid.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow