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Best Companies for Leaders

Submit Your Company as One of the “Best Companies for Leaders”

Since 2005, Chief Executive has sought to identify companies that excel in leadership development. The 2016 Best Companies for Leaders is our 10th annual ranking.

→ Does your company have a formal leadership process in place?
→ Is your CEO committed to your leadership development program?
→ Are a significant number of your executive positions filled by internal candidates?
→ Do other companies try to recruit your executives for their firm?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may work for one of the Best Companies for Leaders.


Here are the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders:

2016 40 Best Public Companies for Leaders

2016 Rank 2015 Rank 
1General Electric/Jeffrey Immelt1General Electric/Jeffrey Immelt
2EMC Insurance/Bruce Kelley
2IBM/Virginia Rometty
3Hitachi Data Systems/Jack Domme
3P&G/A. G. Lafley
4IBM/Virginia Rometty4EMC Insurance/Bruce Kelley
5Johnson Controls/Alex Molinaroli5Verizon Communications/Lowell McAdam
6VF Corporation/Eric Wiseman6VF Corporation/Eric Wiseman
7Verizon Communications/Lowell McAdam
7Southwest Airlines/Gary Kelly
83M/Inge Thulin
8Wipro /T. K. Kurien
9P&G/David Taylor
9The Cooper Companies/Robert Weiss
10Dow Chemical/Andrew Liveris10Dow Chemical/Andrew Liveris
11Owens Corning/Michael Thaman
113M/Inge Thulin
12Lafargeholcim/Eric Olsen
12Xerox/Ursula Burns
13Fluor/David Seaton
13Ingersoll Rand/Michael Lamach
14Wipro/T. K. Kurien
14General Mills/Ken Powell
15Southwest Airlines/Gary Kelly15Hormel Foods/Jeffrey Ettinger
16Ecolab/Douglas Baker, Jr.
16Esterline/Curtis Reusser
17Stanley Black & Decker/John Lundgren17Arthur J. Gallagher/J. Patrick Gallagher
18The Cooper Companies/Robert Weiss18Sprint/Marcelo Claure
19Sprint/Marcelo Claure19Maxim Integrated/Tunc Doluca
20Hormel Foods/Jeffrey Ettinger20Accenture/Pierre Nanterme
21Accenture/Pierre Nanterme21Caterpillar/Douglas Oberhelman
22Cardinal Health/George Barrett22Nielsen/Mitch Barns
23Bristow Group/Jonathan Baliff23Hitachi Data Systems/Jack Domme
24Nielsen/Mitch Barns24Ball Corporation/John Hayes
25Maxim Integrated/Tunc Doluca25Cardinal Health/George Barrett
26DENTSPLY International/Bret Wise26Coca-Cola Enterprises/John Brock
27Coca-Cola Enterprises/John Brock27Huntington Bancshares/Stephen Steinour
28Paychex/Martin Mucci28Dentsply International/Bret Wise
29HNI/Stan Askren29Royal Caribbean Cruises/Adam Goldstein
30Inter RAO/Anatoly Gavrilenko30Salesforce/Marc Benioff
31Huntington Bancshares/Stephen Steinour
31Bristow Group/Jonathan Baliff
32Harman/Dinesh Paliwal32HCL Technologies/Anant Gupta
33Hyatt Hotels/Mark Hoplamazian33Tata Group/Cyrus Mistry
34Konecranes/Panu Routila34Shoppers Drug Mart/Dominic Pilla
35ArcBest/Judy McReynolds35Hyatt Hotels/Mark Hoplamazian
36Synovus/Kessel Stelling, Jr.36Ecolab/Douglas Baker
37Shoppers Drug Mart/Dominic Pilla37
Paychex/Martin Mucci
38Aon/Gregory Case38Hewlett-Packard/Meg Whitman
39Xerox/Ursula Burns39Harman /Dinesh Paliwal
40Arthur J. Gallagher / J. Patrick Gallagher40Monsanto/Hugh Grant

2016 10 Best Private Companies for Leaders

2016 Rank 2015 Rank 
1Black & Veatch, Steven Edwards
1Deloitte, Frank Friedman
2AlliedBarton Security Services, William Whitmore
2Hilti, Christoph Loos
3HAVI Group, Theodore Perlman
3Dell, Michael Dell
4Hilti, Christoph Loos 4Transplace, Thomas Sanderson
5Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert 5MWH Global, Alan Krause
6Transplace, Thomas Sanderson6Black & Veatch, Steven Edwards
7Day & Zimmerman, Hal Yoh 7AlliedBarton Security Services, William Whitmore
8Dell, Michael Dell 8Belron, Gary Lubner
9Westfield Group, Edward Largent 9Day & Zimmermann, Hal Yoh
10CRST International, David Rusch
10NAACO Industries, Al Rankin

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