Top 50 CEOs of 2019 according to employees

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By Oliver Bourton – Executive Grapevine International Ltd 

Glassdoor has released their survey from employees of businesses to find who they think are the top CEOs of 2019.

All reviews are anonymous voluntary submissions from employees through Glassdoor throughout the year. The average company CEO rating is 69% on Glassdoor, with around 900,000 companies registered and reviewed on there.

Two recruiting firms made it into the list this year, with Alistair Cox of Hays at 29th, and CEO of REED James Reed landing the 20th place spot.

Top of the list this year was Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water, beating companies such as Google, IKEA and Apple. Anglian also came first place in the industry league tables for customer service this year. Simpson has a great relationship with his employees, talking a lot about the “social contract” between the company and those it employs.

The Anglian Water CEO received £8million in the past five years through salary, bonuses and other benefits that the company provides. Despite this, employee satisfaction at the company is the highest in the world according to Glassdoor and has been for several years.

Andrew Haines, CEO of Network Rail, as recently been appointed to his position, with a 27% smaller pay packet than the former Chief Executive, Mark Carne. He has made a strong impression on the company so far and holds second place because of his approach of looking to the employees whilst making crucial decisions.

What is slightly embarrassing about Glassdoor’s list is that only two out of the 50 CEOs on there are female. This just highlights the efforts that need to be made to get more women in business and at the top levels of companies.

Here is Glassdoor’s list of employee chosen top 50 CEOs of 2019:

  Name Company Approval rating
1 Peter Simpson Anglian Water 99%
2 Andrew Haines Network Rail 98%
3 Craig Donaldson Metro Bank 98%
4 Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg L.P. 98%
5 Jurgen Maier Siemens 97%
6 Laurence Fink BlackRock 97%
7 James Gorman Morgan Stanley 97%
8 Jamie Dixon J.P. Morgan 97%
9 Warren East Rolls-Royce 97%
10 Ben Van Beurden Shell 97%
11 Toby Kelly Trailfinders 97%
12 Gene Hall Gartner 97%
13 Mark Evans O2 96%
14 David Wadhwani AppDynamics 96%
15 David Dyson Three 96%
16 Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey 96%
17 Simon Williams NTT DATA 96%
18 Bill McDermott SAP 96%
19 Phil Loney Royal London 95%
20 James Reed REED 95%
21 David Rowland Accenture 95%
22 Pascal Soriot AstraZeneca 95%
23 Colin Crooks Shell Energy Retail 95%
24 Sundar Pichai Google 94%
25 Mark Cowlard Arcadis 94%
26 Andy Ransom Rentokil Initial 93%
27 Tim Lee Helping Hands Home Care 93%
28 Brian Cassin Experian 93%
29 Alistair Cox Hays Recruiting 93%
30 Eddie Hawthorne Arnold Clark 93%
31 Peter Done Peninsula 93%
32 Michael Corbat Citi 93%
33 Johan Lundgren easyJet 93%
34 Rob Papps Nando’s UK & IRE 93%
35 Jim Rose WIS International 92%
36 Jesper Brodin IKEA 92%
37 Bradley Jacobs XPO Logistics 92%
38 Brian Moynihan Bank of America 92%
39 Lindsley Ruth RS Components 92%
40 Liv Garfield Severn Trent 91%
41 Pamela Nicholson Enterprise 91%
42 Mark Weinberger Ernst & Young 91%
43 Steve Hare Sage 91%
44 Simon Gillespie British Heart Foundation 91%
45 Friedrich Joussen TUI Group 91%
46 Nic Budden Foxtons 91%
47 Ren Zhengfei Huawei Technologies 90%
48 Ivan Menezes Diageo 90%
49 Satya Nadella Microsoft 90%
50 Bill Mills Explore Learning 90%

What do you think makes these CEOs popular? What are they doing right?