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Glassdoor’s Top CEOs for 2019 Announced; Anglian Water’s Peter Simpson Earns #1 Spot

Strong leadership. A dedication to company mission. Belief in building company culture. Transparent and approachable.

These are the common themes of exceptional leaders and a few of the attributes that inspire employees to rate their CEOs highly. As a result, Glassdoor recognises those superb executive leaders through our annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the Top CEOs in 2019. The leaders featured on these lists aren’t just helping their businesses drive revenue or acquire new customers — they’re engaging, motivating and uplifting their teams, as demonstrated by the reviews employees have left on Glassdoor.

A true inspiration and innovator, Anglian Water CEO, Peter Simpson, claims the top spot for the second time with a 99 percent approval rating, jumping from No. 12 last year with 96 percent approval and reclaiming his crown from 2017.

This year, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for Top CEOs feature six distinct company categories across the UK, France, Germany, U.S. and Canada. In the UK, Glassdoor has revealed the 50 Top CEOs (honouring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees).

The ten Top CEOs in 2019 in the UK are:

  1. Anglian Water’s Peter Simpson (99% approval rating)
  2. Network Rail’s Andrew Haines (98% approval rating)
  3. Metro Bank’s Craig Donaldson (98% approval rating)
  4. Bloomberg L.P.’s Michael R. Bloomberg (98% approval rating)
  5. Siemens’ Juergen Maier (97% approval rating)
  6. BlackRock’s Laurence D. Fink (97% approval rating)
  7. Morgan Stanley’s James P. Gorman (97% approval rating)
  8. J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon (97% approval rating)
  9. Rolls-Royce’s Warren East (97% approval rating)
  10. Shell’s Ben van Beurden (97% approval rating)

See All UK Winners

“Today’s job seekers are looking for leaders who share their values and will empower them to bring their full selves to work,” says Glassdoor COO and President Christian Sutherland-Wong. “More and more, we’re seeing Top CEOs make decisions to shape the culture of their organisations to help recruit and retain quality talent, which has a direct correlation to fueling business success.”

Congratulations to all of the CEOs honoured, and thank you to the employees who shared their feedback on Glassdoor — it is due to both of you that organizations worldwide are becoming better, more transparent places to work.

Think your CEO deserves to make next year’s list? Share a review, and it will be considered for Glassdoor’s 2020 Employees’ Choice Awards.

Employers — wondering why your CEO didn’t make the list, and how you can become eligible for next year’s awards? Read here.

*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each CEO approval rating determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here.

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