Awards & Rankings

Chief Executive’s Lists & Rankings provide CEOs with valuable information about themselves, their peers and their competitors. This critical insight is used by top business leaders and other members of industry and media to make business decisions by evaluating their and others’ success and competitiveness, as well as overall trends.

Best & Worst States for Business. CEOs rate the states they currently do business in on taxes, quality of available employees and quality of life. Governors across the country look forward to our ranking of Best & Worst States for Business every year and use it to either make improvements in their state or to publicize their achievement.

CEO of the Year. Every year, Chief Executive awards a single CEO the distinct honor of “CEO of the Year.” This person is judged by an elite committee of his or her peers to be someone who is an innovator and leader and has overcome difficult challenges to drive company growth and market share. Past awards have gone out to such prestigious CEOs as Bob Iger of Disney, David Cote of Honeywell, Ford’s Alan Mulally and Lockheed Martin’s Marillyn Hewson. This is one of most read articles of the year.

CEO Confidence Index. Every month, Chief Executive surveys a diverse group of mid-market CEOs to gauge their expectations for business conditions over the coming 12 months. From month to month, CEOs can see whether overall CEO confidence is up or down compared to the prior month, and can gauge their own expectations against the overall results.

Patriots in Business. Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, recognized outstanding businesses that lead our nation in supporting active duty military members, veterans and their families and exemplify the values of Duty, Honor and Country through their business practices and throughout their community and industry. Through their initiatives on hiring, training, supporting, and honoring Active Duty, Veterans and military families, these outstanding companies are the gold standard for other companies who seek to support those who serve.