CEO of the Year Obermatt Pin


Large Companies: Germany - Multi-Year Ranking

2011 - 2018

Competition: Companies with revenues above €2 bn.

With the CEO of the Year rankings, Obermatt identifies the true performers in the marketplace – without subjective judgment as is common in CEO rankings. The Obermatt CEO of the Year rankings only measure outperformance against a company’s competition – and this, based solely on financial figures. That’s why there’s no judge in the Obermatt rankings. The numbers speak for themselves.

The long-term winners

The CEO of the Year rankings are published annually and, as such, show a CEO’s performance in one year. Performance can only be considered sustainable when performance is judged over multiple years. That’s why we present cumulative rankings over several years.

The multi-year rankings include those CEOs who placed in the Obermatt rankings in at least one year. For each CEO, you can see their cumulative ranking over the number of years they made it in the Obermatt rankings.


CEO Years Combined Growth Operating Investment
Ralph Dommermuth (United Internet) 8
92
100
84
90
Ralf Dieter (Duerr) 8
83
82
78
90
Hans-Georg Frey (Jungheinrich) 8
81
82
74
87
Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram (Symrise) 8
81
81
85
78
Stefan R. Fuchs (Fuchs Petrolub) 8
79
77
82
78
Dr. Thomas Olemotz (Bechtle) 8
78
75
69
90
Dr. Bernd Scheifele (HeidelbergCement) 8
77
81
79
70
Dr. Dieter Zetsche (Daimler) 8
76
83
74
71
Erich Sixt (Sixt) 8
74
66
71
84
Prof. Thomas Bauer (Bauer) 8
68
77
64
62
Jürg Oleas (GEA) 8
67
61
62
78
Dr. Stefan Schulte (Fraport) 8
66
60
69
70
Gisbert Rühl (Kloeckner) 8
64
68
62
61
Stefan Dräger (Draegerwerk) 8
62
58
63
65
Dr. Till Reuter (Kuka) 7
82
88
76
82
Herbert Hainer (Adidas) 7
76
76
67
85
Bill McDermott (SAP) 7
72
75
72
70
Christoph Vilanek (Freenet) 7
71
60
68
86
Albrecht Hornbach (Hornbach Holding) 7
70
77
60
72
Hartmut Müller (Grammer) 7
69
74
63
71
Klaus Josef Lutz (BayWa) 7
62
61
56
69
Dr. Johannes Teyssen (E.ON) 7
56
60
49
58
Claus-Dietrich Lahrs (Hugo Boss) 6
77
74
77
80
Thomas Ebeling (ProSiebensat.1) 6
77
67
78
86
Dr. Elmar Degenhart (Continental) 6
76
76
72
81
Mathias Döpfner (Axel Springer) 6
75
83
66
77
Dr. Frank Appel (Deutsche Post) 6
70
63
66
82
Steven Holland (Brenntag) 6
64
64
62
65
Hartmut Retzlaff (STADA) 6
62
56
67
63
Prof. Heinz Fuhrmann (Salzgitter) 6
61
60
61
61
Dr. Nikolaus von Bomhard (Munich RE) 6
60
54
62
61
Eckard Heidloff (Wincor Nixdorf) 6
60
57
60
61
Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger (thyssenkrupp) 6
59
58
53
66
Dr. Reinhard Ploss (Infineon) 5
75
74
75
76
Dr. Klaus Probst (Leoni) 5
73
73
73
70
Volker Kronseder (Krones) 5
73
77
68
75
Ulrich Wallin (Hannover Rückversicherung) 5
72
67
69
82
Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza (DMG Mori Seiki) 5
71
70
70
71
Prof. Martin Winterkorn (Volkswagen) 5
71
72
65
76
Armin Papperger (Rheinmetall) 5
69
71
63
72
Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer (Mainova) 5
69
68
68
71
Norbert Steiner (K+S) 5
68
72
74
55
Rice Powell (Fresenius Medical Care) 5
67
79
62
59
Dr. Marijn Dekkers (Bayer) 5
66
60
72
68
Dr. Georg Müller (MVV Energie) 5
66
67
66
65
Michael Diekmann (Allianz) 5
63
56
62
71
Dr. Armin Zitzmann (Nuernberger) 5
62
69
61
55
Dr. Frank Mastiaux (EnBW) 5
61
71
56
57
Dr. Kurt Bock (BASF) 5
61
56
62
66
Dr. Wolfgang Heer (Suedzucker) 5
60
60
83
35
Prof. Reto Francioni (Deutsche Boerse) 5
56
55
52
61
Olaf G. Koch (Metro) 5
52
46
60
49
Martin Blessing (Commerzbank) 5
44
40
62
31
Reiner Winkler (MTU Aero Engines) 4
83
84
80
85
Gordon Riske (Kion) 4
81
77
81
78
Dietmar Meister (Generali Deutschland) 4
81
84
75
84
Rolf Buch (Vonovia) 4
75
68
79
78
Timotheus Höttges (Deutsche Telekom) 4
73
75
77
67
Dr. Axel Heitmann (Lanxess) 4
73
80
72
65
Jim Hagemann Snabe (SAP) 4
72
72
78
68
Kasper Roersted (Henkel) 4
70
62
74
79
Prof. Wolfgang Reitzle (Linde) 4
68
63
75
75
Joe Kaeser (Siemens) 4
68
66
74
64
Friedrich Joussen (TUI) 4
66
69
62
67
Egon Behle (MTU Aero Engines) 4
66
71
57
68
Dr. Norbert Reithofer (BMW) 4
64
53
71
80
Dr. Rudolf Staudigl (Wacker Chemie) 4
62
57
57
67
Prof. Rupert Stadler (Audi) 4
62
72
59
56
Hans-Dieter Brenner (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen) 4
61
46
64
74
Andreas Joehle (Paul Hartmann) 4
61
61
58
64
Norbert Heinen (Württembergische Lebensversicherung) 4
59
63
66
47
René Obermann (Deutsche Telekom) 4
59
52
53
73
Michael G. Feist (Stadtwerke Hannover) 4
58
37
51
84
Dr. Wolfgang Schmitt (KSB) 4
55
55
50
60
Dr. Alexander Erdland (W&W) 4
52
46
48
62
Robert Gentz (Zalando) 3
88
96
84
85
Matthias Zachert (Lanxess) 3
74
76
82
62
Dr. Ben J. Lipps (Fresenius Medical Care) 3
72
75
74
67
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley (Merck KGaA) 3
71
73
76
71
Carsten Spohr (Deutsche Lufthansa) 3
71
70
73
70
Peter Bauer (Infineon) 3
68
59
74
69
Dr. Georg Pachta-Reyhofen (MAN) 3
61
49
68
68
Bernhard Schreier (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) 3
61
57
85
40
Dr. Werner Rupp (Nuernberger) 3
59
58
59
62
Dr. Michael Frenzel (TUI) 3
58
46
64
66
Dr. Rinaldo Riguzzi (Paul Hartmann) 3
58
56
51
66
Dr. Gerold Linzbach (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) 3
57
62
75
37
Dr. Christoph Franz (Deutsche Lufthansa) 3
55
48
58
58
Dr. Klaus Engel (Evonik) 3
55
57
68
42
Dr. Johannes Evers (Landesbank Berlin) 3
54
47
50
67
Dr. Henning Kreke (Douglas) 3
49
51
44
53
Roland Koch (Bilfinger Berger) 3
48
47
44
53
Jose Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez (Esprit) 3
31
19
46
29
Kasper Bo Rorsted (Adidas) 2
80
87
80
74
Dr. Jürgen Zeschky (Nordex) 2
78
92
50
92
Dr. Bernd Drouven (Aurubis) 2
72
80
49
86
Oliver Bäte (Allianz) 2
70
63
82
64
Marcelino Fernandez Verdes (Hochtief) 2
70
62
80
67
Dr. Frank Stieler (Hochtief) 2
70
88
61
60
Rolf Habben-Jansen (Hapag-Lloyd) 2
62
48
52
87
Stephan Sturm (Fresenius) 2
62
69
77
42
Dr. Olaf Berlien (Osram Licht) 2
62
54
66
66
Hans Van Bylen (Henkel) 2
60
63
72
46
Peter Löscher (Siemens) 2
60
58
66
73
Stefan Jütte (Deutsche Postbank) 2
58
34
62
76
Klaus Eberhardt (Rheinmetall) 2
57
54
68
47
Peter Buthmann (KSB) 2
56
60
64
44
Rainer Hundsdörfer (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) 2
55
43
54
69
Hans-Peter Villis (EnBW) 2
54
54
38
69
Christoph Klenk (Krones) 2
54
72
46
46
Stefan F. Heidenreich (Beiersdorf) 2
52
50
56
50
Harald Krueger (BMW) 2
52
54
53
49
Werner Baumann (Bayer) 2
50
40
64
44
Hans Jörg Schüttler (IKB) 2
50
41
58
40
Jürgen Schachler (Aurubis) 2
48
54
56
36
Mark Alexander Langer (Hugo Boss) 2
44
40
39
54
Dr. Eckhard Cordes (Metro) 2
44
30
50
52
Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz (RWE) 2
44
22
42
70
Martin Zielke (Commerzbank) 2
40
30
30
62
Thomas Blades (Bilfinger Berger) 2
37
18
54
38
Peter Willbrandt (Aurubis) 2
36
19
40
50
Dr. Jürgen Grossmann (RWE) 2
36
48
38
23
Thomas Richterich (Nordex) 2
34
25
36
40
Björn Gulden (Puma) 1
76
79
75
74
Matthias Müller (Volkswagen) 1
76
76
80
72
Wolfgang Maehr (Celesio) 1
68
66
84
52
Wolfgang Mayrhuber (Deutsche Lufthansa) 1
66
76
60
63
Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht (BASF) 1
63
36
72
82
Carsten Kengeter (Deutsche Boerse) 1
56
66
62
41
Klaus Schäfer (Uniper) 1
54
36
37
90
Jochen Zeitz (Puma) 1
53
51
65
44
Prof. Aldo Ernesto Belloni (Linde) 1
50
42
38
69
Wolfgang Buchele (Linde) 1
50
42
38
69
Herbert Bodner (Bilfinger Berger) 1
49
6
72
70
Dr. Matthias Wiedenfels (STADA) 1
49
25
37
85
Steffen Hornbach (Hornbach-Baumarkt) 1
48
38
44
62
Dr. Rolf Breidenbach (HELLA) 1
48
55
33
56
Dr. Thomas Rabe (Bertelsmann) 1
45
56
40
40
Franz Koch (Puma) 1
45
61
38
35
Herbert K. Haas (Talanx) 1
44
85
66
27
Dr. Hartmut Mehdorn (Air Berlin) 1
41
30
90
2
Klaus Rosenfeld (Schaeffler) 1
39
35
18
64
Christian Thones (DMG Mori Seiki) 1
36
26
59
23
Jürgen Fitschen (Deutsche Bank) 1
33
41
57
2
Anshu Jain (Deutsche Bank) 1
33
41
57
2
Jürgen Albert Junker (W&W) 1
32
11
12
72
Frank Strauss (Deutsche Postbank) 1
30
56
18
16
Prof. Wolfgang Leese (Salzgitter) 1
29
10
56
22
Per H. Utnegaard (Bilfinger Berger) 1
28
9
65
11
Axel Salzmann (Bilfinger Berger) 1
28
9
65
11
Markus Pinger (Celesio) 1
25
10
50
15
Joachim Hunold  (Air Berlin) 1
24
52
4
16
Thomas-Bernd Quaas (Beiersdorf) 1
22
22
58
54
Woflgang Dehen (Osram Licht) 1
19
30
62
0
Stephen Clark (Brenntag) 1
0
89
81
0
Dr. Jürgen M. Geissinger (Senvion) 1
0
55
19
0
Prof. Ekkehard Schulz (thyssenkrupp) 1
0
0
55
48