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Report: CEO approval rating index, 2023

Tim Cook

CEOWORLD magazine’s 2023 CEO approval rating index showed Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, receiving the greatest approval. Almost all of the surveyed professionals (95.29 percent) expressed approval of Cook’s performance as CEO. Apart from Cook, other CEOs highly regarded in the CEO approval rating index are Nikesh Arora (No.2; 95.09 percent approval rating) of Palo Alto Networks; Shantanu Narayen (No.3; 94.26 percent approval rating) of Adobe; Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (No.4; 94.16 percent approval rating); and Arvind Krishna (No.5; 94.15 percent approval rating) of IBM.

The stock performance of some companies has likely improved the approval ratings of their chief executives. Those CEOs with the highest approval ranks have, despite the economic challenges posed by increasing interest rates, inflation that continues, a decrease in investor money, and more, guided their firms to higher worth in 2023.

According to the CEOWORLD magazine survey, conducted in August 2023 and involving 680,000 verified professionals (with a minimum of 2,500 responses for each company), the most popular chief executives in the world are those from the banking, financial services, and tech industries. The survey participants were asked to answer a simple question: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the CEO is handling their job?”

Employee approval of a chief executive may be largely determined by how secure they feel in their job.

CEO approval rating index, 2023

RankCEOCompanyApproval Rating
1Tim CookApple95.29
2Nikesh AroraPalo Alto Networks95.09
3Shantanu NarayenAdobe94.26
4Satya NadellaMicrosoft94.16
5Arvind KrishnaIBM94.15
6Sundar PichaiGoogle93.63
7Jensen HuangNVIDIA93.47
8Jamie DimonJPMorgan Chase & Co.93.38
9Rangarajan RaghuramVMware93.12
10Pat GelsingerIntel Corporation92.84
11Mark ZuckerbergMeta92.61
12Doug McMillonWalmart92.54
13Lisa SuAMD92.36
14Ryan McInerneyVisa91.79
15Chuck RobbinsCisco91.54
16Brian CheskyAirbnb91.53
17Mike BloombergBloomberg91.44
18Patrick CollisonStripe91.4
19Ted SarandosNetflix91.18
20Elon MuskTesla Motors90.99
21Safra CatzOracle90.91
22Greg PetersNetflix90.8
23Michael DellDell90.47
24Jamie IannoneeBay90.34
25Dan SchulmanPayPal90
26Bob IgerThe Walt Disney Company89.99
27Marc BenioffSalesforce89.39
28Liang RuboByteDance89.35
29Mary BarraGeneral Motors89.29
30Andrew AnagnostAutodesk89.14
31Tony XuDoorDash88.8
32Bill McDermottServiceNow88.76
33Steve HuffmanReddit88.36
34Tom EggemeierZendesk88.34
35Dara KhosrowshahiUber88.03
36Peter KernExpedia Group87.92
37Aneel BhusriWorkday87.68
38Maria BlackADP87.46
39Fidji SimoInstacart86.83
40Richard FairbankCapital One86.64
41Chris HyamsIndeed86.4
42Sasan GoodarziIntuit86.19
43Linda YaccarinoX Corp. 85.9
44Max LevchinAffirm85.79
45Carl EschenbachWorkday85.55
47David RisherLyft84.22
48Aicha EvansZoox83.39
49Aman BhutaniGoDaddy83.1
50Anthony WoodRoku83.1
51Mike Cannon-BrookesAtlassian83.07
52Allan ThygesenDocuSign83.03
53Christian KleinSAP82.71
54Bill ReadyPinterest82.48
55Ryan RoslanskyLinkedIn82.37
56Matt HicksRed Hat82.28
57Scott FarquharAtlassian82.26
58Drew HoustonDropbox82.05
59Mike SievertT-Mobile81.75
60Barry McCarthyPeloton81.47
61Dustin MoskovitzAsana81.44
62Jack DorseyBlock81.09
63Andy JassyAmazon80.95
64David SolomonGoldman Sachs80.18
65Zig SerafinQualtrics79.7
66Cristiano AmonQualcomm79.45
67Francis deSouzaIllumina79.33
68Evan SpiegelSnap78.97
69John StankeyAT&T78.59
70Vishal GargBetter.com78.5
71Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS)James P. Gorman77.98
72CVS HealthKaren S. Lynch77.55
73UnitedHealth GroupAndrew Witty77.48
74Exxon Mobil CorporationDarren W. Woods77.31
75McKesson CorporationBrian Tyler77.23
76Shell plcWael Sawan77.09
77AmerisourceBergen CorporationSteven H. Collis76.89
78Cigna GroupDavid Cordani76.88
79AT&T Inc.John T. Stankey76.02
80BMW - Bayerische Motoren Werke AGOliver Zipse75.77
81Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn)Young-Way Liu75.36
82GlencoreGary Nagle75.17
83Chevron CorporationMichael K. (Mike) Wirth75.14
84TotalEnergiesPatrick Pouyanne74.77
85Elevance HealthGail K. Boudreaux74.68
86BP p.l.c.Bernard Looney74.62
87Verizon Communications, Inc.Hans Vestberg74.48
88Mercedes-Benz Group AGOla Källenius74.23
89CenteneSarah M. London73.5
90Allianz SEOliver Bäte73.15
91Comcast CorporationBrian L. Roberts72.95
92Bank of AmericaBrian Thomas Moynihan72.52
93FordJim Farley72.34
94Home DepotTed Decker71.56
95Costco Wholesale CorporationWalter Craig Jelinek71.31
96Volkswagen GroupOliver Blume71.18
97AramcoAmin H. Nasser70.53
98Eric S YuanZoom Video Communications, Inc. 70.13
99David GoeckelerWestern Digital70.29
100Erik NordstromNordstrom70.03

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