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Who are the most-liked CEOs? And how do the heads of tech companies stack up against their non-tech peers?
A company called Owler set out to find out. So the company, which is sort of like a cross between Glassdoor, PitchBook, Alexa and your favorite news feed, surveyed its 1 million active users. As part of the survey, Owler users rated more than 167,000 CEOs from different industries and from around the world.
Unlike Glassdoor, which only allows employees of particular companies to assess those businesses, Owler allows any of its users to rate any company they choose, whether they are employees, competitors, business partners or just followers of the enterprise. However, to determine which CEOs had the highest approval ratings, Owler says it factored in users’ relationships to the companies they rated. And when users submitted multiple ratings, it weeded out the duplicates.
Its resulting list of the 50 most liked CEOs among public US companies is both interesting and surprising, because it includes the heads of both smaller companies and of the giants and has a healthy representation from the tech industry.
Overall, the top tech CEOs didn’t rate as highly as peers from outside the industry. No head of a tech company cracked the top 10 CEO. And when it came to likability, none of the tech CEOs scored even a 90 on Owler’s 100-point scale.
The top 10 most liked CEOs overall, according to Owler, along with their likability rating on a 100-point scale:
Costco’s Craig Jelinek, 94.9Marriott’s Arne Sorenson, 93.9 Capital One’s Richard Fairbank, 93.8 First American’s Dennis Gilmore, 93.6 Delta’s Ed Bastian, 92.9 Rockwell Collins’s Robert Ortberg: 92.9 Graybar’s Kathleen Mazzarella: 92.6 Henry Schein’s Stanley Bergman: 91.8 Hyatt’s Mark Hoplamazian: 91.8 Kohl’s Kevin Mansell: 90.6
Interestingly, CEOs of private companies were generally better liked than those running public companies. The average approval rating for a private company CEO was 70.8, while the average public company CEO scored a 68. All of the tech CEOs in Owler’s top 50 tech CEOs bested those averages.
Even if they didn’t take the top spots, tech CEOs still dominated the Owlers top 50 list, taking 22 of the spots. All of the tech CEOs had likability ratings of 76.9 or higher.
And so, in David Letterman style, going from bottom to top, here is the list of the 22 tech industry heads who made it into Owler’s top 50 CEO list. At No. 22 is Cisco’s Chuck Robbins with a likability rating of 76.9 points out of a maximum of 100 points.
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Robbins was ranked No. 47 overall in the top 50 list.
No. 21: Commvault’s Robert Hammer, 77.6
Hammer was No. 46 overall.
No. 20: Ultimate Software’s Scott Scherr, 78.7
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Scherr was No. 44 overall.
No. 19: Box’s Aaron Levie, 78.8
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Levie was No. 42 overall.
No. 18: Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, 78.9
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Nadella ranked No. 41 overall.
No. 17: NetApp’s George Kurian, 79.8
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Kurian was No. 40 overall.
No. 16: ADP’s Carlos Rodriguez, 79.8
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Rodriguez was No. 39 overall.
No. 15: Google’s Sundar Pichai, 79.9
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Pichai was No. 38 in the overall rankings.
No. 14: Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk, 80.6
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Musk was No. 37 overall.
No. 13: F5 Networks’ John McAdam, 80.6
McAdam ranked No. 36 overall.
No. 12: Agilent’s Mike McMullen, 80.6
McMullen was No. 35 overall.
No. 11: Netflix’s Reed Hastings, 80.8
Hastings was No. 32 overall.
No. 10: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, 80.9
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Bezos ranked No. 31 overall.
No. 9: Seagate’s Stephen Luczo, 81.8
Luczo was No. 30 overall.
No. 8: LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, 82.9
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Weiner ranked No. 27 overall.
No. 7: Xactly’s Christopher Cabrera, 83.6
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Cabrera ranked No. 26 overall.
No. 6: AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, 83.9
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Stephenson ranked No. 21 overall.
No. 5: SAP Concur’s Steve Singh, 85.6
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Singh was No. 20 overall. His company, Concur, is owned by SAP.
No. 4: Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, 85.9
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Benioff was No. 18 overall.
No. 3: Texas Instruments’ Richard Templeton, 86.7
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Templeton ranked No. 16 overall.
No. 2: SAIC’s Tony Moraco, 87.6
Moraco ranked No. 14 overall.
No. 1: Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst, 89.8
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Whitehurst was No. 11 overall.