WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell (below) has had a tough year in some respects but he’ll be pleased to see that the Harvard Business Review still rates him number two in its list of the world’s best performing CEOs and number one in the UK.
The top rated UK bosses were:
1. Sir Martin Sorrell – WPP
2. Richard Cousins – Compass
3. Martin Gilbert – Aberdeen Asset Management
4. Mark Bristow – Randgold Resources
5. Gregory Case – Aon
6. Paul Polman – Unilever
7. Xavier Rolet – London Stock Exchange
Top global performer this year was Pablo Isla of Zara owner Inditex.
The top ten global bosses were:
1. Pablo Isla – Inditex
2. Martin Sorrell – WPP
3. Jensen Huang – Nvidia
4. Jacques Aschenbroich – Valeo
5. Bernard Arnault – LVMH
6. Martin Bouygues – Bouygues
7. Johan Thijs – KBC
8. Mark Parker – Nike
9. Elmar Degenhart – Continental
10. Florentino Perez Rodriguez – ACS
The table is chiefly based on stock appreciation so favours bosses who’ve been in the hot seat for a long time (Sorrell’s been there for 30-odd years), which not that many manage these days. A bit like football managers.
So is Sorrell the Arsene Wenger de nos jours? He’d probably sooner be the Sir Alex Ferguson but the former Manchester United boss has, of course, retired.