CEO of the Year Obermatt Pin


UK 100 Ranking: United Kingdom - Multi-Year Ranking

2013 - 2017

Competition: The biggest 100 companies based on sales and employees

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
Charles Wilson (Booker) 5
77
77
72
83
Dr. Nigel Wilson (Legal & General) 5
76
75
73
81
Rooney Anand (Greene King) 5
75
82
75
68
Lord Simon Wolfson (Next) 5
73
71
75
75
Miles Roberts (DS Smith) 5
72
72
64
79
António Horta-Osório (Lloyds Banking) 5
71
64
78
72
Jeremy Helsby (Savills) 5
71
78
62
74
Adrian Ringrose (Interserve) 5
69
82
64
61
Carolyn McCall (easyjet) 5
68
68
58
77
Prof. Uwe Krueger (WS Atkins) 5
68
63
69
71
Richard John Cousins (Compass) 5
67
64
55
82
David Brown (Go-Ahead) 5
67
90
47
64
Nigel Stein (GKN) 5
66
66
68
64
Rakesh Kapoor (Reckitt Benckiser) 5
65
55
65
76
Trevor Finn (Pendragon) 5
64
65
50
77
Jeremy Darroch (Sky) 5
63
77
62
51
Alison Cooper (Imperial Brands) 5
61
45
64
75
John Hutson (JDW) 5
61
69
58
57
Ian King (BAE Systems) 5
60
56
48
77
Bob Dudley (BP) 5
60
47
60
74
Richard Howson (Carillion) 5
60
72
55
54
Nicandro Durante (British American Tobacco) 5
59
47
73
57
Alistair Cox (Hays) 5
59
47
65
65
Dean Finch (National Express) 5
59
58
60
60
Olivier Bohuon (Smith & Nephew) 5
56
53
51
63
Mike Norris (Computacenter) 5
55
52
43
70
Leo M. Quinn (Balfour Beatty) 5
52
38
58
60
Stuart Thomson Gulliver (HSBC) 5
49
41
44
62
Sir Timothy O'Toole (Firstgroup) 5
46
35
49
56
Vittorio Colao (Vodafone) 5
46
42
37
57
Geoff Drabble (Ashtead) 4
97
100
100
80
André Pierre Joseph Lacroix (Intertek) 4
82
82
74
91
Peter Rogers (Babcock) 4
76
85
74
68
Sir Martin Sorrell (WPP) 4
75
71
77
76
Ayman Asfari (Petrofac) 4
72
80
70
64
Paul Geddes (Direct Line Insurance) 4
64
50
56
75
Mark Wilson (Aviva) 4
62
61
69
57
Mark Cutifani (Anglo American) 4
55
57
54
54
Tom Albanese (Vedanta Resources) 4
54
51
43
68
John Fallon (Pearson) 4
53
67
39
53
Rupert Soames (Serco) 4
50
45
50
56
Ashley Almanza (G4S) 4
46
47
44
47
Keith Cochrane (Weir) 4
46
48
54
37
Ross McEwan (RBS) 4
37
28
42
40
Pascal Soriot (AstraZeneca) 4
36
24
20
64
Andy Harrison (Whitbread) 3
91
97
86
91
Dr. Pim Vervaat (RPC) 3
83
85
98
67
Dave Forsey (Sports Direct) 3
83
88
79
81
Steve Holliday (National Grid) 3
76
72
75
79
David Nish (Standard Life) 3
68
68
60
77
Michael J. Roney (Bunzl) 3
67
64
59
78
Gavin E. Patterson (BT) 3
66
62
84
52
John Rishton (Rolls-Royce) 3
66
78
69
53
Michael Fries (Liberty Global) 3
66
64
93
40
Andy Ransom (Rentokil Initial) 3
65
56
51
88
Bob Keiller (John Wood) 3
62
64
61
60
Marc Bolland (Marks and Spencer) 3
61
58
50
74
Stephen Hester (RSA Insurance) 3
61
37
79
65
Kate Swann (SSP) 3
61
56
56
69
John Carter (Travis Perkins) 3
61
90
42
52
Julian Roberts (Old Mutual) 3
60
52
76
53
Samir Brikho (Wood) 3
60
67
59
54
Gregory Case (Aon) 3
58
41
66
67
Alistair Phillips-Davies (SSE) 3
56
50
57
62
Randall Hogan (Pentair) 3
53
57
58
45
Graham Chipchase (Rexam) 3
51
33
39
82
Martin Griffiths (Stagecoach) 3
47
92
26
24
Antony Peter Jenkins (Barclays) 3
46
42
38
59
Ian Meakins (Ferguson) 3
46
40
42
57
Richard Tobin (CNH Industrial) 3
45
39
48
48
Moya Greene (Royal Mail) 3
44
42
44
48
Peter Sands (Standard) 3
36
52
35
21
Philip Bowman (Smiths) 3
28
25
25
36
Erik Engstrom (RELX) 2
81
82
82
78
William Walsh (IAG) 2
80
91
81
68
Sam Laidlaw (Centrica) 2
74
79
62
79
Jean Cahuzac (Subsea 7) 2
71
59
78
76
Geoff Cooper (Travis Perkins) 2
70
57
62
92
Simon Segars (ARM) 2
70
74
94
40
George Weston (ABF) 2
69
57
68
84
Robert MacLeod (Johnson Matthey) 2
66
92
57
50
Paul Pindar (Capita) 2
62
83
38
64
Sebastian James (Dixons Carphone) 2
62
64
63
58
Haydn Jonathan Mursell (Kier) 2
62
78
66
44
Ian Cheshire (Kingfisher) 2
57
50
56
66
Dave Lewis (Tesco) 2
56
54
78
34
Neil Carson (Johnson Matthey) 2
54
42
54
68
David McIntosh (John Menzies) 2
54
44
52
68
Justin King (Sainsbury) 2
53
57
58
46
Andy Parker (Capita) 2
52
57
58
40
Véronique Laury-Deroubaix (Kingfisher) 2
52
53
52
49
Paul Polman (Unilever) 2
52
50
62
42
Dr. Alan Clark (SAB Group) 2
50
24
38
88
Stephen Koseff (Investec) 2
46
36
54
50
Dwight Mitchell Barns (Nielsen) 2
46
40
50
48
Ivan Menezes (Diageo) 2
44
46
28
56
MS Mehta (Vedanta Resources) 2
44
38
40
54
Philip Clarke (Tesco) 2
40
36
42
41
Iain Conn (Centrica) 2
38
32
34
49
Christopher Rajendran Hyman (Serco) 2
37
24
48
40
Simon Lee (RSA Insurance) 2
36
49
20
37
Alexander Frolov (EVRAZ) 2
30
49
26
16
Harriet Green (Thomas Cook) 2
27
20
53
9
D. Warren East (ARM) 1
90
86
96
89
Paul S. Walsh (Diageo) 1
74
64
68
90
Alan Brown (Rentokil Initial) 1
73
38
83
98
William Thomas Winters (Standard) 1
73
72
84
62
David T. Potts (Wm Morrison Supermarkets) 1
71
46
74
93
Marco Sala (International Game Technology) 1
69
49
59
100
Robin Watson (John Wood) 1
68
66
59
78
Alison Brittain (Whitbread) 1
66
77
87
33
J. Bruce Hemphill (Old Mutual) 1
65
75
56
66
James Staley (Barclays) 1
64
70
84
38
Michael Andrew Wells (Prudential) 1
61
89
44
50
Sir Brian Souter (Stagecoach) 1
61
64
76
43
Norman Keith Skeoach (Standard Life) 1
59
95
56
26
Graham Mackay (SAB Group) 1
56
29
74
64
Danie P. Meintjes (Mediclinic) 1
55
71
73
22
Dr. Andrew Mackenzie (BHP Group) 1
53
42
62
56
D. Warren East (Rolls-Royce) 1
53
87
8
65
Mark Christopher Trudeau (Malinckrodt) 1
53
70
73
17
Paul Sheffield (Kier) 1
51
26
56
70
Mike Coupe (Sainsbury) 1
51
52
41
60
Donald Roberts (Experian) 1
50
48
76
26
Ian Livingston (BT) 1
48
26
45
74
Ian Marchant (SSE) 1
48
6
62
78
Chris Finlayson (BG) 1
48
50
4
90
Ian Tyler (Balfour Beatty) 1
45
45
32
58
Heather Bresch (Mylan) 1
42
29
84
13
Bhavesh V. Patel (LyondellBasell) 1
40
24
29
66
Peter Long (TUI Travel) 1
34
6
29
67
Wayne Edmunds (Invensys) 1
33
0
3
95