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 (Dräger) 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
Thomas Ebeling (ProSiebensat.1) 6
77
67
78
86
Claus-Dietrich Lahrs (Hugo Boss) 6
77
74
77
80
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 (Diebold 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 Rück) 5
72
67
69
82
Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza (DMG Mori) 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 (Ceconomy) 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
Dr. Axel Heitmann (Lanxess) 4
73
80
72
65
Timotheus Höttges (Deutsche Telekom) 4
73
75
77
67
Jim Hagemann Snabe (SAP) 4
72
72
78
68
Kasper Roersted (Henkel) 4
70
62
74
79
Joe Kaeser (Siemens) 4
68
66
74
64
Prof. Wolfgang Reitzle (Linde) 4
68
63
75
75
Egon Behle (MTU Aero Engines) 4
66
71
57
68
Friedrich Joussen (TUI) 4
66
69
62
67
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
Andreas Joehle (Paul Hartmann) 4
61
61
58
64
Hans-Dieter Brenner (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen) 4
61
46
64
74
René Obermann (Deutsche Telekom) 4
59
52
53
73
Norbert Heinen (Württembergische Lebensversicherung) 4
59
63
66
47
Michael G. Feist (enercity) 4
58
37
51
84
Dr. Wolfgang Schmitt (KSB) 4
55
55
50
60
Dr. Alexander Erdland (Wüstenrot & Württembergische) 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
Carsten Spohr (Deutsche Lufthansa) 3
71
70
73
70
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley (Merck) 3
71
73
76
71
Peter Bauer (Infineon) 3
68
59
74
69
Bernhard Schreier (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) 3
61
57
85
40
Dr. Georg Pachta-Reyhofen (MAN) 3
61
49
68
68
Dr. Werner Rupp (Nuernberger) 3
59
58
59
62
Dr. Rinaldo Riguzzi (Paul Hartmann) 3
58
56
51
66
Dr. Michael Frenzel (TUI) 3
58
46
64
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) 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
Marcelino Fernandez Verdes (Hochtief) 2
70
62
80
67
Dr. Frank Stieler (Hochtief) 2
70
88
61
60
Oliver Bäte (Allianz) 2
70
63
82
64
Dr. Olaf Berlien (Osram Licht) 2
62
54
66
66
Stephan Sturm (Fresenius) 2
62
69
77
42
Rolf Habben-Jansen (Hapag-Lloyd) 2
62
48
52
87
Peter Löscher (Siemens) 2
60
58
66
73
Hans Van Bylen (Henkel) 2
60
63
72
46
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
Hans Jörg Schüttler (IKB) 2
50
41
58
40
Werner Baumann (Bayer) 2
50
40
64
44
Jürgen Schachler (Aurubis) 2
48
54
56
36
Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz (RWE) 2
44
22
42
70
Mark Alexander Langer (Hugo Boss) 2
44
40
39
54
Dr. Eckhard Cordes (Ceconomy) 2
44
30
50
52
Martin Zielke (Commerzbank) 2
40
30
30
62
Thomas Blades (Bilfinger) 2
37
18
54
38
Dr. Jürgen Grossmann (RWE) 2
36
48
38
23
Peter Willbrandt (Aurubis) 2
36
19
40
50
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 (McKesson Europe) 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) 1
49
6
72
70
Dr. Matthias Wiedenfels (STADA) 1
49
25
37
85
Dr. Rolf Breidenbach (HELLA) 1
48
55
33
56
Steffen Hornbach (Hornbach-Baumarkt) 1
48
38
44
62
Franz Koch (Puma) 1
45
61
38
35
Dr. Thomas Rabe (Bertelsmann) 1
45
56
40
40
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) 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 (Wüstenrot & Württembergische) 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) 1
28
9
65
11
Axel Salzmann (Bilfinger) 1
28
9
65
11
Markus Pinger (McKesson Europe) 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
Prof. Ekkehard Schulz (thyssenkrupp) 1
0
0
55
48
Stephen Clark (Brenntag) 1
0
89
81
0
Dr. Jürgen M. Geissinger (Senvion) 1
0
55
19
0