This excerpt taken from the DVN DEF 14A filed Apr 24, 2009.
PENSION BENEFITS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008
We maintain three defined benefit retirement plans in which our named executive officers may participate:
The following table shows the estimated present value of accumulated retirement benefits as provided under the Defined Benefit Plan and the SRIP to the named executive officers. All named executive officers are participants in the SRIP, therefore BRP benefits are not included in the table below. SRIP benefits vest after five years of service. Participants who are terminated for cause lose their SRIP benefits and are instead paid under the BRP. Amounts payable under the SRIP or the BRP are reduced by the amounts payable under the Defined Benefit Plan so there is no duplication of benefits. Retirement benefits are calculated based upon years of service and final average compensation. Final average compensation consists of the average of the highest three consecutive years compensation out of the last 10 years. The definition of compensation under the Defined Benefit Plan is the same as the definition under the SRIP and BRP except nonqualified deferred compensation is excluded and compensation is limited by Code compensation limits.
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