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    Glassdoor Reveals Employees’ Choice Awards for the Top CEOs in 2021

    Jun 15, 2021 | Glassdoor

    Leaders at Boston Consulting Group, Southwest Airlines and Microsoft Among Top Ten Chief Executives

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (June 15, 2021) – GlassdoorTo an external site, the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies, today announced the winners of its 8th Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Top CEOs in 2021 across North America and parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace award, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company reviewTo an external site about their CEO’s leadership, along with insights into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

    This year, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for the Top CEOs feature six distinct company categories across the U.S.To an external site, CanadaTo an external site, UKTo an external site, FranceTo an external site and GermanyTo an external site. In the U.S., Glassdoor has revealed the 100 Top CEOs (honoring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees) and the 50 Top CEOs at small & medium companies (honoring CEOs at employers with fewer than 1,000 employees).

    “Over the past year, company leaders around the world faced unprecedented challenges to support employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the employees have spoken and it’s clear that these CEOs excelled and found new ways to support their people when the world of work flipped upside down,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. “Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, adapted to change, redefined visions and led with transparency while putting the health and safety of employees first. I extend my sincerest congratulations to this year’s Employees’ Choice Award winners.” 

    The ten Top CEOs in 2021To an external site in the U.S. are:

    1. Boston Consulting GroupTo an external site’s Rich Lesser (99 percent approval)

    2. AdobeTo an external site’s Shantanu Narayen (99 percent approval)

    3. MD Anderson Cancer CenterTo an external site’s Peter Pisters (99 percent approval)

    4. Southwest AirlinesTo an external site’ Gary C. Kelly (98 percent approval)

    5. Visa Inc.To an external site’s Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. (97 percent approval)

    6. MicrosoftTo an external site’s Satya Nadella (97 percent approval)

    7. H E BTo an external site’s Charles C. Butt (97 percent approval)

    8. Delta Air LinesTo an external site’ Ed Bastian (97 percent approval)

    9. Red HatTo an external site’s Paul Cormier (97 percent approval)

    10. Booz Allen HamiltonTo an external site’s Horacio D. Rozanski (97 percent approval)

    The five Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies in 2021To an external site in the U.S. are:

    1. 6senseTo an external site’s Jason Zintak (99 percent approval)

    2. Logical PositionTo an external site’s Michael Weinhouse and John Ganey (99 percent approval)To an external site

    3. Apeel SciencesTo an external site’ James Rogers (99 percent approval)

    4. LowerTo an external site’s Dan Snyder (99 percent approval)

    5. South Carolina Federal Credit UnionTo an external site’s Scott Woods (99 percent approval)

    Glassdoor’s Top 100 CEOs in 2021 Award features winning chief executives across diverse industries spanning technology, health care, finance, manufacturing, retail and more. This year, Boston Consulting GroupTo an external site’s CEO Rich Lesser claims the top spot with a 99 percent approval rating. More than half (56 CEOs) of this year’s Top 100 CEOs, including Rich Lesser, are on the list for the first time. Other newcomers include lululemonTo an external site’s Calvin McDonald (No. 19, 96 percent approval), SlackTo an external site’s Stewart Butterfield (No. 82, 92 percent approval) and Royal Caribbean GroupTo an external site’s Richard D. Fain (No. 96, 90 percent approval). Five women are honored among the top 100 this year, including In-N-Out BurgerTo an external site’s Lynsi Snyder (No. 20, 96 percent approval), Fidelity InvestmentsTo an external site’ Abby Johnson (No. 44, 94 percent approval) and Progressive InsuranceTo an external site’s Tricia Griffith (No. 65, 93 percent approval). AppleTo an external site’s Tim Cook (No. 32, 95 percent approval) is the only CEO to be honored all eight years.

    On the 2021 list of the Top 50 CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, seven of the top 10 CEOs are newcomers to this list. 

    This year, there are 18 CEOs who are recognized by employees in multiple countries, including one CEO who made four lists — MicrosoftTo an external site’s Satya Nadella (U.S. Large, UK, Canada and Germany).

    When employees submit reviewsTo an external site about their employer on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience. These include rating sentiment around their CEO’s leadership as well as around senior management, among others. Specifically, when rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are asked to report whether they approve or disapprove of or have no opinion about their CEO’s performance.

    Across the approximately 1.5 million employers reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 73 percent.

    Employees’ Choice Award winners for the 2021 Top CEOs and Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, taking into account the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between May 2, 2020 and May 1, 2021. At a minimum, employers considered for the large list must have received at least 100 company reviews, including at least 100 CEO approval ratings and at least 100 senior management ratings. Employers eligible for the small & medium list must have received at least 35 company reviews, including at least 35 CEO approval ratings and at least 35 senior management ratings during the eligibility period. For reporting simplicity, CEO approval ratings are displayed as whole numbers, though calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place to determine final rank order. Complete award methodologyTo an external site can be found and downloaded here: an external site

    SEE THE 2021 WINNERS: All winning CEOs across this year’s six categories can be found by visiting:

    100 Top CEOs – U.S.To an external site

    50 Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies – U.S.To an external site

    25 Top CEOs – CanadaTo an external site

    50 Top CEOs – UKTo an external site

    25 Top CEOs – FranceTo an external site

    25 Top CEOs – GermanyTo an external site

    WHY IS GREAT LEADERSHIP IMPORTANT? According to Glassdoor Economic Research, trust in senior leadership is a leading factorTo an external site of long-term employee satisfaction and highly-rated CEOs are statistically linkedTo an external site to companies with great cultures and financial performance. 

    INTERVIEWS + EMPLOYEE COMMENTARY: Interviews and employee commentary about winning CEOs, their senior management team and company culture are available upon request. Please email: [email protected].

    EDITORIAL: Glassdoor has also published editorial content highlighting women and people of colorTo an external site among the Top 100 CEOs as we advocateTo an external site for more diversity at companies everywhere. These posts include:

    Click hereTo an external site to read the original press release.