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The Great Fall Of Tim Cook: America’s Top 100 Highest-Rated CEOs For 2017

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With a 99% approval rating from his employees, the most highly rated CEO in the United States is Clorox CEO Benno Dorer, according to a new data compiled by career website Glassdoor.

Jim Kavanaugh is ranked No. 2 on the list, Boston Scientific’s Michael Mahoney took 3rd place, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Craig B. Thompson at No. 4, and Fast Enterprises’ Martin Rankin at No. 5. Jen-Hsun Huang of NVIDIA ranked No. 6 on the list, followed by Bain & Company’s Bob Bechek at No. 7, Tesla’s Elon Musk landed at No. 8, HubSpot’s Brian Halligan at No.9, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook came in at No. 10.

There are only 8 women on the top 100 list, including Ms. Pamela M. Nicholson of Enterprise Holdings (No. 21), In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder (No. 36), Deloitte’s Cathy Engelbert (No. 40), GM’s Mary Barra at No. 65, Abby Johnson at Fidelity Investments (No. 73), Progressive Insurance’s Tricia Griffith (No. 3), Lockheed’s Marillyn Hewson (No. 99), and Katrina Lake CEO of Stitch Fix at No. 100.

What surprised me most about the list is drop for Apple’s Tim Cook on highest-rated chief executives list:

Cook had been steadily climbing up the rankings for years:

In 2013, he held the No. 18th spot.
In 2014, Cook held onto the 18th position.
In 2015, he held the No. 10th spot.
In 2016 (last year) Cook climbed right into the 8th position.

But for 2017, he crashed to earth at 53th spot, dropping 45 positions. By comparison, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella made his first appearance on the list, at number 29.

The list ranks the highest-rated CEOs of companies with 1,000 or more employees, as chosen by those employees.

These are the top 100 highest-rated CEOs in the U.S. for 2017

  1. Benno Dorer, The Clorox Company (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  2. Jim Kavanaugh, World Wide Technology (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  3. Michael F. Mahoney, Boston Scientific (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  4. Craig B. Thompson, Memorial Sloan Kettering (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  5. Martin Rankin, Fast Enterprises (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  6. Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA (CEO Approval Rating: 99%)
  7. Bob Bechek, Bain & Company (CEO Approval Rating: 98%)
  8. Elon Musk, SpaceX (CEO Approval Rating: 98%)
  9. Brian Halligan, HubSpot (CEO Approval Rating: 98%)
  10. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (CEO Approval Rating: 98%)
  11. Steve Beauchamp, Paylocity (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  12. Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  13. Brad Smith, Intuit (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  14. Corey Schiller & Asher Raphael, Power Home Remodeling (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  15. Marc Benioff, Salesforce (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  16. Charles C. Butt, H E B (CEO Approval Rating: 97%)
  17. Sundar Pichai, Google (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  18. Oscar Munoz, United Airlines (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  19. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  20. John Legere, T-Mobile (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  21. Pamela M. (Pam) Nicholson, Enterprise Holdings (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  22. Stephen B. Burke, NBCUniversal (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  23. Thomas E. Richards, CDW (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  24. Bill McDermott, SAP (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  25. Tim Pierce, Morrison Healthcare (CEO Approval Rating: 96%)
  26. Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P. (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  27. Joseph R. Sivewright, Nestlé Purina (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  28. Chet Cadieux III, QuikTrip (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  29. Satya Nadella, Microsoft (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  30. Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  31. Rami Rahim, Juniper Networks (CEO Approval Rating: 95%)
  32. Anant Yardi, Yardi Systems (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  33. Richard D. Fairbank, Capital One (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  34. David Overton, Cheesecake Factory (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  35. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  36. Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out Burger (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  37. Dan T. Cathy, Chick-fil-A (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  38. Jack Dorsey, Square (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  39. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  40. Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  41. Donald W. (Don) Slager, Republic Services (CEO Approval Rating: 94%)
  42. Brad Jackson, Slalom Consulting (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  43. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  44. G. Brint Ryan, Ryan, LLC (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  45. Calvin McDonald, Sephora (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  46. Martin Mucci, Paychex (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  47. Alan D. Schnitzer, Travelers (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  48. Spencer Rascoff, Zillow (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  49. Christopher Nassetta, Hilton (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  50. Hugh Grant, Monsanto Company (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  51. Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  52. Mark G. Parker, NIKE (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  53. Tim Cook, Apple (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  54. Aron J. Ain, Kronos Incorporated (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  55. Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines (CEO Approval Rating: 93%)
  56. Robert E. Sulentic, CBRE (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  57. Kevin A. Lobo, Stryker (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  58. Peter Agnefjall, IKEA (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  59. Tim Mayopoulos, Fannie Mae (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  60. Samuel Allen, John Deere (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  61. Ken May, Topgolf (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  62. Richard A. Gonzalez, AbbVie (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  63. Bharat Masrani, TD (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  64. J Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care (CEO Approval Rating: 92%)
  65. Mary Barra, General Motors (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  66. Horacio D. Rozanski, Booz Allen Hamilton (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  67. Michael J. Dowling, Northwell Health (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  68. Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  69. David W. Nelms, Discover (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  70. Mark Weinberger, EY (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  71. Wayne T. Smith, BASF Corporation (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  72. Gordon B. Logan, Sport Clips (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  73. Abby Johnson, Fidelity Investments (CEO Approval Rating: 91%)
  74. Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  75. John R. Strangfeld, Prudential (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  76. David S. Taylor, Procter & Gamble (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  77. Hubert Joly, Best Buy (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  78. Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  79. George S. Barrett, Cardinal Health (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  80. Bob Faith, Greystar (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  81. Rick Waddell, Northern Trust (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  82. Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  83. Pat Gelsinger, VMware (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  84. Robin Hayes, JetBlue (CEO Approval Rating: 90%)
  85. Jamie Dimon, J.P. Morgan (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  86. Jerry Stritzke, REI (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  87. Devin Wenig, eBay (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  88. Craig Jelinek, Costco Wholesale (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  89. Wesley G. Bush, Northrop Grumman (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  90. John E. Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  91. Kelly Ortberg, Rockwell Collins (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  92. Pat Esser, Cox Communications (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  93. Tricia Griffith, Progressive Insurance (CEO Approval Rating: 89%
  94. Gene Hall, Gartner (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  95. Anthony Moraco, SAIC (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  96. Gary C. Kelly, Southwest Airlines (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  97. Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  98. Blake W. Nordstrom, Nordstrom (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  99. Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
  100. Katrina Lake, Stitch Fix (CEO Approval Rating: 89%)
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