Fred Smith, CEO FedEx


Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks


Mark Parker, CEO Nike










Barron’s, and Harvard Business Review all publish annual lists of the top ranking CEOs, based on everything from editorial opinion, employee favorability, ESG and company profits. I crossed reference the HBR list with the other two and discovered that only three leaders out of 180 names put forth ranked on all three lists: Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks; Mark Parker, CEO Nike; and Fred Smith, CEO FedEx.


Harvard Business Review 100 Best Performing CEOs in the World 2015

To rank CEOs, HBR factors in Environmental, Social and Governance criteria, or ESG at 20%. The financial health of the company, or stock valuation, is factored in at 80%. The final qualification for this list is long-term service to the company, from at least 1995. Below is a partial list. Click on the link above to view the full list on the HBR website.


      1. Lars Sorensen, Novo Nordisk
      2. John Chambers, Cisco Systems
      3. Pablo Isla, Index
      4. Elmar Degenhart, Continental
      5. Martin Sorrell, WPP
      6. Stephen Luczo, Seagate Technology
      7. Jon Frederik Baksaas, Telnor
      8. George Scangos, Biogen
      9. Michael Wolf, Swedbank
      10. Fujio Mitarai, Canon
      11. Leslie Wexner, L Brands
      12. Howard Schulz, Starbucks
      13. Florentino Perez Rodriguez, ACS
      14. Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo
      15. Benoit Potier, Air Liquide
      16. Carlos Brito, Annheuser-Busch
      17. Lars Rasmussen, Coloplast
      18. Kaspar Rorsted, Henkel
      19. Alexander Cutler, Eaton
      20. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagon
      21. Mark Parker, Nike
      22. Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Mgmt
      23. Johan Thijs, KBC
      24. Roberto Egydio Setubal, Itaú Unibanco
      25. Laurence Fink, Blackrock
      26. Martin Bouygues, Bouygues
      27. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler
      28. Simon Wolfson, Next
      29. Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia
      30. Norbert Reithofer, BMW
      31. Ronnie Leten, Atlas Copco
      32. Michael Ward, CSX
      33. Terry Gou, Hon Hai Precision Industry
      34. Eric Wiseman, VF
      35. Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing
      36. through 74 see link above.

75. Fred Smith, FedEx


Barron’s Profiles of the World’s Best CEOs

Each spring Barron’s releases it Barron’s Profiles of the World’s Best CEOs. Their method of compiling the list is through the opinions and expertise of the editorial staff. Below is the list for 2016, not in any ranking order. To read profiles on each CEO click on the Barron’s link above. This list I have crossed reference with the full HBR list and the list to come later. You will see annotations in parentheses next to the name if the CEO has also been ranked on one of the other lists, along with what number he or she ranked.


            1. Bernard Arnault, LVMN Moet, Hennessy Louis Vutton (HBR #44)
            2. Jeff Bezos, Amazon (HBR #87)
            3. Carlos Brito, Anheuser-Busch (HBR #16)
            4. Thomas Enders, Airbus
            5. Jeffrey Ettinger, Hormel
            6. Alan Joyce, Quantas Airways
            7. Li Ka-shing, CK Hutchinson Holdings
            8. Anand Mahindra, Mahindra & Mahindra
            9. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe Systems (Glassdoor #47)
            10. Brian Roberts, Comcast
            11. Larry Young, Dr. Pepper Snapple
            12. Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway
            13. David Cote, Honeywell Int’l
            14. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase
            15. Laurence Fink, Blackrock
            16. Reed Hastings, Netflix
            17. Robert Iger, Walt Disney (Glassdoor #37)
            18. Ma Huateng, Tencent
            19. Larry Merlo, CVS Health
            20. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair Holdings
            21. Larry Page, Alphabet (Glassdoor #1)
            22. Kevin Plank, Under Armour
            23. Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank
            24. Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (HBR #85)
            25. Howard Schultz, Starbucks (HBR #12 and Glassdoor #31)
            26. Fred Smith, Fedex (HBR #75 and Glassdoor #30)
            27. Jeffrey Sprecher, Intercontinental Exchange
            28. Miles White, Abbott Laboratories
            29. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (Glassdoor #4)
            30. Mark Parker, Nike (HBR #21, Glassdoor #2)


Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs 2015 calculates favorable past or present employee reviews of CEOs from the largest companies in the U.S. and Europe and ranks them accordingly. The top ten in this list have at least 94% percent favorability ratings. To see exactly which percentage each CEO earned, please click on the link above. This list has also been cross-referenced with the other two.


            1. Larry Page, Alphabet (Barron’s)
            2. Mark Parker, Nike (HBR #21, Barron’s)
            3. Charles Butt, HEB
            4. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (Barron’s)
            5. Scott Scherr, Ultimate Software
            6. Hugh Grant, Monsanto Company (HBR #66)
            7. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs
            8. John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual
            9. Glenn Johnson, Insight Global
            10. Tim Cook, Apple
            11. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia
            12. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn
            13. Craig Jelinek, Costco Wholesale
            14. John Legere, T-Mobile
            15. Jim Weddle, Edward Jones
            16. John Watson, Chevron
            17. Calvin McDonald, Sephora
            18. Mark Weinberger, EY
            19. G. Lafley, Proctor & Gamble
            20. Lyndon Rive, SolarCity
            21. Marc Benioff, Salesforce (HBR #46)
            22. Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp
            23. Martin Mucci, Paychex
            24. Omar Ishrak, Medtronic
            25. Corey Schiller, Power Home Remodeling
            26. Mickey Drexler, J. Crew
            27. Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
            28. Danny Wegman, Wegmans Food Markets
            29. Blake W. Nordstrom, Nordstrom (HBR #38)
            30. Fred Smith, FedEx (HBR #75, Barron’s)
            31. Howard Schultz, Starbucks (HBR #12, Barron’s)
            32. John Veihmeyer, KPMG
            33. Frank D’Souza, Cognizant
            34. Thomas Richards, CDW
            35. Vishal Sikka, Infosys
            36. Brad Smith, Intuit
            37. Robert Iger, Walt Disney Co (Barron’s)
            38. William McNabb, Vanguard
            39. Brian Krzanich, Intel
            40. Joseph Tarantino, Protiviti
            41. Tom Linebarger, Cummins
            42. Kenneth Oaks, Total Quality Logistics
            43. Keven Lobo, Stryker
            44. Bill Emerson, Quicken Loans
            45. Brad Jackson, Slalom Consulting
            46. Christopher Connor, Sherwin-Williams (HBR #54)
            47. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe (Barron’s)
            48. Brian Chesky, Airbnb
            49. Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines (HBR #97)
            50. Arne Sorenson, Marriott