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Who are the best CEOs for women workers? Big tech leaders fall in new ranking

Frances Yue

In a job market where women make 80-cents for every dollar a man earns, female workers say they want leaders who care about inclusivity, diversity and maternity leave, among other employee benefits.  

Comparably, a career monitoring website, released a list Monday that spotlights the workforce leaders who are getting it right, according to women workers. 

Comparably compiled data from female staffers among a pool of more than 50,000 U.S. companies and found the CEOs who ranked highest for women included the heads of the software companies Workfront and HubSpot, the IT service firm Insight Global and retailer Costco. 

T-Mobile's John Legere was ranked best CEO among large companies. 

"John (Legere) consistently ranked on Comparably as one of the absolute best leaders across many categories," said Comparably CEO Jason Nazar, who added that workers on Legere's team say the CEO is supportive of a wide range of benefits that affect women including parental leave and hiring a diverse pool of workers. 

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Compared to Comparably's 2018 list, most rankings for CEOs of major tech companies slid further from the top.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, who ranked second last year, now ranks 19th overall. Apple’s Tim Cook fell from the 20th spot to number 32. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg slumped from 19th place to 29th, while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is ranked the 47th this year, compared with the 24th position last year. 

The CEO rankings likely dropped due to mounting privacy concerns, according to Nazar, who noted that public issues could negatively impact employee perception of the leadership team. 

Best CEOs in the U.S., according to women

Large companies with 500 or more employees ranked highest to lowest

1. John Legere, T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA)

2. Alex Shootman, Workfront (Lehi, UT)

3. Brian Halligan, HubSpot (Cambridge, MA)

4. Bert Bean, Insight Global (Atlanta, GA)

5. W. Craig Jelinek , Costco (Issaquah, WA)

6. Kelly Caruso, (Shipt Birmingham, AL)

7. Martin Migoya, Globant (San Francisco, CA)

8. Daniel Dines, UiPath (New York, NY)

9. Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte (US) (New York, NY)

10. Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines (Atlanta, GA)

11. Mark Mader, Smartsheet (Bellevue, WA)

12. Doug Mack, Fanatics (Jacksonville, FL)

13. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP (Roseland, NJ)

14. Sasan Goodarzi, Intuit (Mountain View, CA)

15. Frances Allen, Boston Market (Golden, CO)

16. James M. Loree, Stanley Black & Decker (New Britain, CT)

17. Charles Butt, H-E-B (San Antonio, TX)

18. Ryan Smith, Qualtrics (Provo, UT)

19. Satya Nadella, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

20. Sundar Pichai, Google (Mountain View, CA)

21. Lynn Jurich, Sunrun (San Francisco, CA)

22. John Van Siclen, Dynatrace (Waltham, MA)

23. Bryce Maddock, TaskUs (Santa Monica, CA)

24. Amy Zupon, Vertafore (Denver, CO)

25. J. Allen Brack, Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA)

26. Sam Gilliland, Cherwell Software (Colorado Springs, CO)

27. Colin Doherty, Fuze (Boston, MA)

28. Scott Wagner, GoDaddy (Scottsdale, AZ)

29. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (Menlo Park, CA)

30. Craig Menear, The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)

31. Steven Berglund, Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA)

32. Timothy Cook, Apple (Cupertino, CA)

33. Julie Sweet, Accenture (US) (New York, NY)

34. William Wagner, LogMeIn (Boston, MA)

35. David Katzman, SmileDirectClub (Nashville, TN)

36. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn (Sunnyvale, CA)

37. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber (San Francisco, CA)

38. Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD)

39. Robert Quattrocchi, Northside Hospital (Atlanta, GA)

40. Steve Hare, Sage (Atlanta, GA)

41. Adam Miller, Cornerstone OnDemand (Santa Monica, CA)

42. Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumann Corp (Falls Church, VA)

43. Frederick Smith, FedEx (Memphis, TN)

44. Dan Curtis, BNSF Logistics (Flower Mound, TX)

45. Gail Boudreaux, Anthem, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)

46. Jonathan Neman, Sweetgreen (Culver City, CA)

47. Jeff Bezos, Amazon (Seattle, WA)

48. Tom Bene, Sysco (Houston, TX)

49. Corie Barry/Hubert Joly, Best Buy (Richfield, MN)

50.Richard Fairbank, Capital One (McLean, VA)

Best CEOs in the U.S., according to women

Small / midsize companies with fewer than 500 employees ranked highest to lowest

1. David Cancel, Drift (Boston, MA)

2. Robert Wahbe Highspot (Seattle, WA)

3. Ariel Cohen TripActions (Palo Alto, CA)

4. Mahe Bayireddi Phenom People (Ambler, PA)

5. Scott Wolfe, Jr. Levelset (New Orleans, LA)

6. Sarah Nahm Lever (San Francisco, CA)

7. Christian Gormsen Eargo (San Jose, CA)

8. Giuseppi Incitti, Sitetracker (Palo Alto, CA)

Sitetracker CEO Giuseppe Incitti (right.)

9. Christine Crane, BoldLeads (Chandler, AZ)

10. Mark Faggiano, TaxJar (Woburn, MA)

11. Aaron Johnson, APS Payroll (Shreveport, LA)

12. Greg Besner, CultureIQ (New York, NY)

13. Jeffrey Rubenstein, SmartProcure/GovSpend Deerfield (Beach, FL)

14. Ryan Christoi, KRT Marketing (Lafayette, CA)

15. Alexander Austin, Branch Metrics (Redwood City, CA)

16. Kyle Porter, SalesLoft (Atlanta, GA)

17. Brooke LeVasseur, AristaMD (La Jolla, CA)

18. Ryan Malone, SmartBug Media (Newport Beach, CA)

19. Francis Davidson, Sonder (San Francisco, CA)

20. Beth Trejo, Chatterkick (Sioux City, IA)

21. Gavan Thorpe, Boostability (Lehi, UT)

22. Shafat Qazi, BQE Software (Torrance, CA)

23. Chris Bennett, Wonderschool (San Francisco, CA)

24. Chris Litster, Buildium (Boston, MA

25. Daniel Chait, Greenhouse Software (New York, NY

26. Didier Elzinga, Culture Amp (San Francisco, CA

27. Amit Jnagal, Infrrd (San Jose, CA)

28. Steve Carlson, ForwardLine Financial (Woodland Hills, CA)

29. John Lauer, Zipwhip (Seattle, WA)

30. Sean Kelly, SnackNation (Culver City, CA)

31. Sujata Varma, Diverse Lynx (Princeton, NJ)

32. Renaud Laplanche, Upgrade (San Francisco, CA)

33. Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble (Austin, TX)

34. Karl Mehta, EdCast (Mountain View, CA)

35. Jamie Rapperport, Eversight (Palo Alto, CA)

36. John Benson, Verisys Corporation (South Jordan, UT)

37. Harry Glaser, Periscope Data (San Francisco, CA)

38. Stéphane Donzé, AODocs (San Francisco, CA)

39. Ben Peterson, BambooHR (Lindon, UT)

40. Drew Uher, HomeLight (San Francisco, CA)

41. John Wise, InvestCloud (West Hollywood, CA)

42. Dustin Moskovitz, Asana (San Francisco, CA)

43. Brian Hartnack, Archer Education (Los Angeles, CA)

44. Jim Lawson, AdTheorent (New York, NY)

45. Amir Movafaghi, Mixpanel (San Francisco, CA)

46. Elizabeth Cholawsky, HG Insights (Santa Barbara, CA)

47. Chris Hulls, Life360 (San Francisco, CA)

48. John Beatty, Clover Network (Sunnyvale, CA)

49. Simon Anderson, Mission (El Segundo, CA)

50. Robert Blatt, MomentFeed (Santa Monica, CA)

Methodology

Comparably Awards are derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their CEOs on Comparably.com between June 7th, 2018 and June 7th, 2019. There were no fees or costs associated with participating, nor was nomination required. The answer to each question was given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size across the U.S. Additional weight was given to scores at companies with more participation from their employee base.

Contributing: Dalvin Brown. 

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