Who are the world’s 100 top-performing CEOs of 2015?

Who are the world’s 100 top-performing CEOs of 2015?

Lars Rebien Sørensen, the CEO of the Danish pharmaceutical giant and diabetes behemoth Novo Nordisk, tops the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs of 2015 list, and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, who was first place last year, moved down to No. 87, as ranked by Harvard Business Review.

Cisco’s CEO John Chambers came in at number 2, Pablo Isla, the chief executive officer of Inditex — the world’s largest fashion retailer ranked No. 3, Continental’s Elmar Degenhart came in at No. 4, while WPP’s Martin Sorrell came in at 5.

Mastercard Chief Executive Ajaypal Banga, ranked 74th this year, has maintained his position as the only Indian among the world’s 100 top CEOs.

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World, 2015

RankNameCompany
1LARS REBIEN SØRENSENNOVO NORDISK
2JOHN CHAMBERSCISCO SYSTEMS
3PABLO ISLAINDITEX
4ELMAR DEGENHARTCONTINENTAL
5MARTIN SORRELLWPP
6STEPHEN LUCZOSEAGATE TECHNOLOGY
7JON FREDRIK BAKSAASTELENOR
8GEORGE SCANGOSBIOGEN
9MICHAEL WOLFSWEDBANK
10FUJIO MITARAICANON
11LESLIE WEXNERL BRANDS
12HOWARD SCHULTZSTARBUCKS
13FLORENTINO PÉREZ RODRÍGUEZACS
14JACQUES ASCHENBROICHVALEO
15BENOÎT POTIERAIR LIQUIDE
16CARLOS BRITOANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
17LARS RASMUSSENCOLOPLAST
18KASPER RORSTEDHENKEL
19ALEXANDER CUTLEREATON
20MARTIN WINTERKORNVOLKSWAGEN
21MARK PARKERNIKE
22MARTIN GILBERTABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT
23JOHAN THIJSKBC
24ROBERTO EGYDIO SETUBALITAÚ UNIBANCO
25LAURENCE DOUGLAS FINKBLACKROCK
26MARTIN BOUYGUESBOUYGUES
27SERGIO MARCHIONNEFIAT CHRYSLER
28SIMON WOLFSONNEXT
29JEN-HSUN HUANGNVIDIA
30NORBERT REITHOFERBMW
31RONNIE LETENATLAS COPCO
32MICHAEL WARDCSX
33TERRY GOU (TAI-MING GOU)HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY
34ERIC WISEMANVF
35TADASHI YANAIFAST RETAILING
36JAMES TAICLET JR.AMERICAN TOWER
37DOUGLAS BERTHIAUMEWATERS
38BLAKE NORDSTROMNORDSTROM
39MAURICE LÉVYPUBLICIS
40CARLOS GHOSNRENAULT
41HERBERT HAINERADIDAS
42JOHN MARTINGILEAD SCIENCES
43JOHN MACKEYWHOLE FOODS
44BERNARD ARNAULTCHRISTIAN DIOR
45HUATENG (PONY) MATENCENT
46MARC BENIOFFSALESFORCE.COM
47DEBRA CAFAROVENTAS
48LARS RENSTRÖMALFA LAVAL
49MARK BRISTOWRANDGOLD RESOURCES
50RENATO ALVES VALECCR
51ÍÑIGO MEIRÁSFERROVIAL
52JOHAN MOLINASSA ABLOY
53FABRIZIO FREDAESTÉE LAUDER
54CHRISTOPHER CONNORSHERWIN-WILLIAMS
55JEAN-PAUL AGONL'ORÉAL
56TERRY LUNDGRENMACY'S
57LAMBERTO ANDREOTTIBRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
58OLIVIER PIOUGEMALTO
59GILLES SCHNEPPLEGRAND
60ROBERT IGERWALT DISNEY
61DAVID THODEYTELSTRA
62PAOLO ROCCATENARIS
63JOHN HAMMERGRENMCKESSON
64GEORGE PAZEXPRESS SCRIPTS
65RICHARD COUSINSCOMPASS
66HUGH GRANTMONSANTO
67MICHEL LANDELSODEXO
68TIDJANE THIAMPRUDENTIAL
69DANIEL AMOSAFLAC
70RICHARD FAIRBANKCAPITAL ONE
71JEF COLRUYTCOLRUYT
72PETER BOTTENOIL SEARCH
73GLENN CHAMANDYGILDAN ACTIVEWEAR
74FLEMMING ORNSKOVSHIRE
75FREDERICK SMITHFEDEX
76AJAYPAL BANGAMASTERCARD
77ALFRED CHAN WING KINHONG KONG AND CHINA GAS
78MASAYOSHI SONSOFTBANK
79 NEAL PATTERSONCERNER
80 SHIGENOBU NAGAMORINIDEC
81CAROL MEYROWITZTJX
82WES BUSHNORTHROP GRUMMAN
83ANDRÉ DESMARAISPOWER CORPORATION OF CANADA
84PAUL DESMARAIS JR.POWER CORPORATION OF CANADA
85LEONARD SCHLEIFERREGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS
86DIETER ZETSCHEDAIMLER
87JEFFREY BEZOSAMAZON
88MICHAEL DOBSONSCHRODERS
89W. GALEN WESTONGEORGE WESTON
90MARK BERTOLINIAETNA
91LARRY MERLOCVS HEALTH
92STEVE ELLSCHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
93THOMAS EBELINGPROSIEBENSAT.1
94ULF SCHNEIDERFRESENIUS
95CHARLES BUNCHPPG INDUSTRIES
96PHILIP PASCALLFIRST QUANTUM
97RICHARD ANDERSONDELTA AIR LINES
98DOUGLAS BAKER JR.ECOLAB
99WOLFGANG EDERVOESTALPINE
100VITTORIO COLAOVODAFONE

Despite being the best performer by financial metrics, the reason for Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos drop, HBR says, is that, unlike previous years’ lists, the 2015 ranking judges CEOs on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, as well as financial success. Amazon received very poor marks for social responsibility.

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