Highest Rated CEOs Announced for 2016

Glassdoor, a jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced the winners of its annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 across North America and parts of Europe. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review, on whether they approve or disapprove of their CEO, along with insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

This year, Glassdoor has expanded its Employees’ Choice Awards across six countries, honoring the Highest Rated CEOs across the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, there are two categories in the U.S.: 50 Highest Rated CEOs (honoring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies (honoring CEOs at employers with less than 1,000 employees). Winners are ranked based on their overall CEO approval rating from employees during the past year. For reporting simplicity, approval ratings are rounded to the nearest whole number though actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine rank.

The top five Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 in the U.S. are:

  • Bain & Company’s Bob Bechek (99 percent approval)
  • Ultimate Software’s Scott Scherr (99 percent approval)
  • McKinsey & Company’s Dominic Barton (99 percent approval)
  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (97 percent approval)
  • LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner (97 percent approval)

The top five Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies in 2016 in the U.S. are:

  • Madwire’s Joe Kellogg & JB Kellogg (99 percent approval)
  • Justworks’ Isaac Oates (99 percent approval)
  • StormWind Studios’ Tom Graunke (99 percent approval)
  • EverFi’s Tom Davidson (99 percent approval)
  • SailPoint Technologies’ Mark McClain (99 percent approval)

“The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards honor CEOs that stand out for having gained the support and approval of their workforce — no easy task for any leader,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “I am proud to expand these awards to new markets as incredible leaders are found around the world and are not limited by boundaries or borders. I congratulate all of the winners on this significant achievement.”

Glassdoor’s 50 Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 features business leaders across diverse industries, spanning technology, consulting, biotech and pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, travel and tourism, retail and more. Bain & Company’s Bob Bechek (No. 1, 99 percent approval) is among 22 CEOs debuting as a Highest Rated CEO, along with Nestle Purina PetCare’s Joseph R. Sivewright (No. 9, 96 percent approval), NBCUniversal’s Stephen B. Burke (No. 39, 93 percent approval) and lululemon’s Laurent Potdevin (No. 48, 92 percent approval) among others. Google, whose former CEO Larry Page ranked No. 1 last year (97 percent approval), takes No. 7 this year under new CEO Sundar Pichai (96 percent approval). Four women CEOs also make the top 50 this year, including In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder (No. 17, 95 percent approval), Staffmark’s Lesa J. Francis (No. 28, 94 percent approval), Enterprise Holdings’ Pamela Nicholson (No. 31, 94 percent approval) and Deloitte’s Cathy Engelbert (No. 42, 93 percent approval).

On the 2016 list of the 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, the top five CEOs are all newcomers to this list.



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