WHO: Joe Schuster, 33
WHAT: Manager, qualified benefit plans
WHERE: Compuware Corp., Farmington Hills, Mich.
WHEN: Joined Compuware in November 1997. Hired away from Hawkeye Community College, where he was director of compensation and benefits. Was previously business and human resources manager at his family's business and employee relations analyst for Shell Oil Co.
WHY: Revamping $126 million 401(k) plan at software company adding 200 employees a month so executives can use the plan to attract and retain scarce high-tech workers.
Compuware had an "inadequate" benefits program that Mr. Schuster is turning around, said David Wray, president of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council.
"He asks the right questions (of vendors) in a plan that has grown significantly and in an industry with people who are in great demand, so benefits have to be top notch," said Fred D. Barstein, managing director of Insight In Formation, a defined contribution consulting firm.