The Top 10 Tech Company CEOs in America

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-05-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Which technology company CEOs are most admired by their employees? The following list contains some familiar names—and some surprises.
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    Jim Kavanaugh, World Wide Technology
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    Jim Kavanaugh, World Wide Technology

    Employee approval rating: 99%. Before he became a CEO, Kavanaugh achieved success in soccer, playing for the 1984 Olympic team, as well as the Los Angeles Lazers, part of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
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    Martin Rankin, Fast Enterprises
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    Martin Rankin, Fast Enterprises

    Employee approval rating: 99%. Rankin and his team recently lead Fast Enterprises, a government software provider, to reach the 1,000-employee mark, doubling its workforce in just over two years.
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    Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA
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    Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA

    Employee approval rating: 99%. Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993, and he is president, CEO and a member of the board. He was named to the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame when it was established in 2012.
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    Brian Halligan, HubSpot
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    Brian Halligan, HubSpot

    Employee approval rating: 98%. Halligan is also an author, and one of his books is Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead. A longtime "Deadhead," he once donated $1.6 million to charity to acquire a guitar owned by Jerry Garcia.
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    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
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    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

    Employee approval rating: 98%. In addition to putting in as much as 60 hours a week at Facebook, Zuckerberg is learning Mandarin Chinese, and he tries to read a new book every two weeks.
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    Steve Beauchamp, Paylocity
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    Steve Beauchamp, Paylocity

    Employee approval rating: 98%. This CEO honor is just one of a number of accolades: Beauchamp's Paylocity has been named a top 15 "Best Place to Work" by Glassdoor and a "Fast 500" company by Deloitte.
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    Brad Smith, Intuit
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    Brad Smith, Intuit

    Employee approval rating: 97%. A martial arts enthusiast, Smith earned his black belt at age 18. "Soon after, I was teaching an entire school," he told a reporter. "It was unbelievably intense because of the self-awareness part of becoming a black belt."
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    Marc Benioff, Salesforce
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    Marc Benioff, Salesforce

    Employee approval rating: 97%. A noted philanthropist, Benioff established the "1-1-1 model" at Salesforce shortly after launching it in 1999: The company contributes 1% of its product sales, 1% of its equity and 1% of its employee hours back to the global communities it serves.
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    Sundar Pichai, Google
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    Sundar Pichai, Google

    Employee approval rating: 96%. While in college, Pichai lived in a small apartment without a TV or car. Last year, he nearly doubled his 2015 compensation, earning $199.7 million.
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    Shantanu Narayen, Adobe
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    Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

    Employee approval rating: 96%. Before Adobe, Narayen co-founded Pictra, a company that pioneered the idea of digital photo sharing on the internet.
 

In an era defined by astonishingly rapid changes in IT innovation and business, the CEOs of technology companies tackle highly complex challenges every day. The most admired ones, however, never appear to let the pressure get to them. In fact, judging by the following 2017 list of "Highest Rated CEOs" from Glassdoor, they seem to relish the often risky opportunities that come with the job. In addition, the "Employees' Choice" tech company CEOs on this list bring interesting and often eclectic backgrounds to the table: One is a martial arts expert and instructor. Another played soccer in the Olympics. There's even a "Deadhead" in the group (a reference to the Grateful Dead). Ultimately, however, they're all great leaders. "CEO approval ratings correlate to overall employee satisfaction and trust in senior leadership, which contributes to long-term employee engagement, ultimately helping an employer's recruiting and retention efforts," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO. The list, along with the employee approval ratings included here, was compiled based on company reviews submitted to Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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