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CEO rankings: Amazon's Jeff Bezos doesn't make the cut; Google's Sundar Pichai returns to top 3

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Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were ranked among the top three chief executives for large companies in 2020, according to career data website Comparably.

The website ranked the best CEOs of the year in its annual list derived from employee ratings.

"This year, with COVID-19, what a lot of folks give precedent to were businesses that were able to navigate through a very challenging, once-in-a-lifetime business environment," said Comparably CEO Jason Nazar. "The CEOs that were able to drive their businesses successfully with as little ramifications to their teams as possible stood out in the list."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, did not make it on the list and ranked the 41st best CEO in Comparably's 2019 list.

The list names the top 50 chief executive officers from large companies, which have more than 500 employees, and small/midsize companies, with 500 employees or fewer.

Company employees anonymously rated their CEOs on Comparably.com between December 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020. Comparably garnered over 10 million ratings across 60,000 U.S. companies.

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In July, Comparably also released a list naming the top CEOs in 2020 for diversity and inclusion. The list, released amid the Black Lives Matter protest, ranked Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, RingCentral CEO Vlad Shmunis, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai among the top leaders who create inclusive work cultures.

Large companies

Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom Video Communications
Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom Video Communications

1. Eric Yuan, Zoom Video Communications

2. Brian Halligan, HubSpot

3. Sundar Pichai, Google

4. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

5. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

6. Ryan Smith, Qualtrics

7. Patrick Pacious, Choice Hotels

8. Tim Cook, Apple

9. Annette Brüls, Medela

10. Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral

11. Robert Frist Jr., HealthStream

12. Mitch Snyder, Bell

13. Ian Siegel, ZipRecruiter

14. Daniel Dines, UiPath

15. Lynn Jurich, Sunrun

Manny Medina, Outreach CEO
Manny Medina, Outreach CEO

16. Manny Medina, Outreach

17. Bert Bean, Insight Global

18. John Foley, Peloton

19. Dan Rosensweig, Chegg

20. Henry Schuck, ZoomInfo

21. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP

22. Doug Mack, Fanatics

23. Steve Bilt, Smile Brands

24. Kenneth Lin, Credit Karma

25. John Van Siclen, Dynatrace

26. Kevin Phillips, ManTech

27. Carl Russo, Calix

28. Sam Malouf, Malouf

29. Pierre Naudé, nCino

30. Bryce Maddock, TaskUs

31. Jay Kreps, Confluent

32. Mark Marron, ePlus

Cesar Carvalho, Gympass CEO
Cesar Carvalho, Gympass CEO

33. Cesar Carvalho, Gympass

34. Karen White, RMS

35. Mahe Bayireddi, Phenom People

36. Barry Litwin, Systemax

37. Sam Gilliland, Cherwell Software

38. Amr ElSawy, Noblis

39. Mike Walsh, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

40. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

41. David Doctorow, Realtor.com

42. David Meredith, Everbridge

43. Robert Keane, Vistaprint

44. Thomas Troy, CSAA Insurance Group

45. Jeff Dailey, Farmers Insurance

46. Mike Salvino, DXC Technology

47. Sumit Singh, Chewy

48. Tomer Weingarten, SentinelOne

49. Mike Rosenbaum, Guidewire Software

50. Clark Valberg, InVision

Small/Mid-size CEOs

Salsify CEO, Jason Purcell.
Salsify CEO, Jason Purcell.

1. Jason Purcell, Salsify

2. Sarah Friar, Nextdoor

3. Gus Malezis, Imprivata

4. Michael Werner, HomeX

5. Peter McKay, Snyk

6. Doug Hirsch/Trevor Bezdek, GoodRx

7. Larry Dunivan, Namely

Calendly CEO, Tope Awotona.
Calendly CEO, Tope Awotona.

8. Tope Awotona, Calendly

9. Mark Faggiano, TaxJar

10. Ryan Malone, SmartBug Media

11. Christian Gormsen, Eargo

12. Brady Brim-DeForest, Theorem

13. Ellis McCue, Territory Foods

14. Hernan Lopez, Wondery

HopSkipDrive CEO, Joanna McFarland
HopSkipDrive CEO, Joanna McFarland

15. Joanna McFarland, HopSkipDrive

16. Ryan Westwood, Simplus

17. Alex Goode, GoSite

18. David Cancel, Drift

19. Paddy Spence, Zevia

20. Alexis Borisy, EQRx

Tophatter CEO, Ashvin Kumar.
Tophatter CEO, Ashvin Kumar.

21. Ashvin Kumar, Tophatter

22. Karl Mehta, EdCast

23. Alex Austin, Branch Metrics

24. Ellen Kullman, Carbon

25. Chris DeWolfe, Jam City

26. Brian Hartnack, Archer Education

27. Alvaro Alonso (General Manager), Beiersdorf North America

28. Joel Hyatt Globality

Dave Thomas, ThomasARTS CEO.
Dave Thomas, ThomasARTS CEO.

29. Dave Thomas, ThomasARTS

30. John Benson, Verisys Corporation

31. Shiv Gaglani, Osmosis

32. Jessica Mah, inDinero

33. Jeffrey Smith, Smule

34. Kyle Nakasuji, Clearcover

35. Allison Robinson, The Mom Project

36. Jack Altman, Lattice

37. Jeanne Knutzen, PACE Staffing Network

38. Mitch Thrower, Events.com

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David Woodhouse, NGM Biopharmaceuticals CEO
David Woodhouse, NGM Biopharmaceuticals CEO

39. David Woodhouse, NGM Biopharmaceuticals

40. Bruce Card, Paragon Technology Group

41. Larry O’Connor, Other World Computing

42. John Berger, Sunnova

43. Todd Olson, Pendo

44. David Wennberg, Quartet Health

45. Matthew Gross, Newsela

46. Gleb Polyakov, Nylas

47. Nobuyuki Ashida (President), MISUMI USA

48. Joseph Hansen, Buy Box Experts

49. Jason Chicola, Rev.com

50. Kyle Ford, ArbiterSports

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Zoom, Google CEOs ranked the best CEOs of the year, says Comparably