Harvard Business Review Ranks The World’s Best Performing CEOs

by Sangeeta Haindl
Nov 2, 2016 9:00 AM ET
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Each year, CEOs face new and different challenges in order to keep their companies running smoothly, particularly now during these uncertain volatile times that includes geopolitical issues, such as the Brexit vote, the Middle East, and the US election. So, what makes a CEO successful and how do some business leaders still manage to train their sights on the long term and deliver strong performance over many years? Well, the latest Harvard Business Review (HBR) 2016 list reveals the world’s top performers; these are the 100 best performing CEOs, based on both financial and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) measures of the leaders’ entire time in office.

It is a comprehensive list that highlights those executives that have established a lasting track record. This year HBR used ratings from CSRHub, a firm that collects and aggregates ESG data, to help companies better understand what they can do to improve. By incorporating two ESG components, HBR hopes to increase its accuracy and reduce the odds that any company may unduly benefit from or be penalised by a single firm’s rating. HBR wrote in its November 2016 article covering the ranking, “one persistent criticism of ESG data is that it can be subjective, and indeed, when you examine how various research organizations rank the same firm using ESG criteria, you’ll often find significant differences.”  

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on women and children; sustainability; climate change; social enterprise and social entrepreneurs. She has a particular interest in India. She is the founder of Serendipity PR, in London, UK, where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She has been appointed to the Women In Enterprise Taskforce and was until recently chairman of London's leading conscious well-being organisation, Alternatives, which hosts leading speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and many other well-known names. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer; enjoying helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.