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Chief Executive magazine was founded by oil trading entrepreneur John Deuss (pronounced Doyce) in 1976 as a forum for the world’s most important and influential leaders to share their ideas and inspiration for a better world. He used the magazine as forum for building relationships with global leaders, and frequently featured them on the covers and in the issues.

For example, the premier issue (July/August/September 1977) depicted President Jimmy Carter on the cover. Subsequent issues included exclusive interviews with such dignitaries as the Shah of Iran, Francois Mitterrand (the 21st president of France), Margaret Thatcher (former UK prime minister), Rajiv Ghandi (7th prime minister of India), José Lopez Portillo (51st president of Mexico) and Anwar El Sadat (3rd president of Egypt) and former president Ronald Reagan.

In July 1978, the publication shifted toward a more corporate and capitalistic focus, and began dedicating its pages to corporate chief executives such as Jack Welch and Bill Gates.

In 2009, the company was purchased by Chief Executive Group, a subsidiary of Greenhaven Partners, with Wayne Cooper as President and Chairman, and Marshall Cooper as CEO.

Today, Chief Executive Group is a multi-media and event business whose purpose is to elevate the performance of chief executives. Our products and services include the flagship Chief Executive magazine, as well as online publications, research, Chief Executive Network—a CEO peer network—and several national events, such as CEO of the Year, CEO2CEO Summit and the Smart Manufacturing Summit.

Chief Executive magazine products several leading industry rankings, such as CEO of the Year, the Best & Worst States for Business, Best Companies for Leaders, Wealth Creators and the Top 100 Mid-Market Elite Businesses.

We are a company that is committed to the needs of the CEO and we continue to provide insight to help CEOs lead their businesses into the future.