This excerpt taken from the RTI DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2009.
E. Changes in Compensation for 2009
In light of the Companys disappointing stock performance, the general state of the global economy, and the uncertainties in the Companys markets heading into 2009, the Committee determined to maintain base salaries at 2008 levels and to forgo any annual increases for our CEO and each of the named executive officers except for Mr. Strome. The Committee believes the salary freeze is appropriate and prudent despite benchmark data that would support increases and will best prepare the Company to be competitive in the coming year, which is expected to remain difficult. The freeze in salaries is also partially a result of the failure of the Company and the executives to meet the stated financial goals for 2008. Mr. Stromes base salary increased to $306,659 to bring him closer in line with the median salary for similar positions within the peer group and to account for the increased responsibilities taken on during 2008.