The 100 best-performing CEOs



Harvard Business Review has published its 2016 ranking for the best-performing CEOs in the world. Based on the philosophy that business leaders should be judged by the results they produce over their entire tenure, this year’s results were obtained by using ratings from both Sustainalytics and CSRHub. This year’s list once again illustrates that there is no single path to becoming a high-performing CEO. Consider the varied résumés of the three top-ranked executives: Lars Rebien Sørensen studied forestry before joining Novo Nordisk more than 30 years ago and then climbing through various operational roles to become CEO. Martin Sorrell earned an MBA and spent a decade in the advertising industry before buying a stake in a shell company and building WPP—now the world’s largest marketing services firm—through a series of audacious acquisitions. Pablo Isla studied law and worked in Spain’s treasury ministry before becoming CEO of the fast-fashion retailer Inditex.

Read the full list here.