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
Jeremy Helsby (Savills) 5
71
78
62
74
António Horta-Osório (Lloyds Banking) 5
71
64
78
72
Adrian Ringrose (Interserve) 5
69
82
64
61
Prof. Uwe Krueger (WS Atkins) 5
68
63
69
71
Carolyn McCall (easyjet) 5
68
68
58
77
David Brown (Go-Ahead) 5
67
90
47
64
Richard John Cousins (Compass) 5
67
64
55
82
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
Richard Howson (Carillion) 5
60
72
55
54
Bob Dudley (BP) 5
60
47
60
74
Ian King (BAE Systems) 5
60
56
48
77
Alistair Cox (Hays) 5
59
47
65
65
Nicandro Durante (British American Tobacco) 5
59
47
73
57
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
Vittorio Colao (Vodafone) 5
46
42
37
57
Sir Timothy O'Toole (Firstgroup) 5
46
35
49
56
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
Keith Cochrane (Weir) 4
46
48
54
37
Ashley Almanza (G4S) 4
46
47
44
47
Ross McEwan (RBS) 4
37
28
42
40
Pascal Soriot (AstraZeneca) 4
36
24
20
64
Andy Harrison (Whitbread) 3
91
97
86
91
Dave Forsey (Sports Direct) 3
83
88
79
81
Dr. Pim Vervaat (RPC) 3
83
85
98
67
Steve Holliday (National Grid) 3
76
72
75
79
Tidjane Thiam (Prudential) 3
76
75
71
83
David Nish (Standard Life) 3
68
68
60
77
Michael J. Roney (Bunzl) 3
67
64
59
78
Michael Fries (Liberty Global) 3
66
64
93
40
Gavin E. Patterson (BT) 3
66
62
84
52
John Rishton (Rolls-Royce) 3
66
78
69
53
Andy Ransom (Rentokil Initial) 3
65
56
51
88
Bob Keiller (John Wood) 3
62
64
61
60
John Carter (Travis Perkins) 3
61
90
42
52
Marc Bolland (Marks and Spencer) 3
61
58
50
74
Kate Swann (SSP) 3
61
56
56
69
Stephen Hester (RSA Insurance) 3
61
37
79
65
Julian Roberts (Old Mutual) 3
60
52
76
53
Samir Brikho (AMEC) 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
Sebastian James (Dixons Carphone) 2
62
64
63
58
Haydn Jonathan Mursell (Kier) 2
62
78
66
44
Paul Pindar (Capita) 2
62
83
38
64
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
Paul Polman (Unilever) 2
52
50
62
42
Véronique Laury-Deroubaix (Kingfisher) 2
52
53
52
49
Andy Parker (Capita) 2
52
57
58
40
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
Mark Christopher Trudeau (Malinckrodt) 1
53
70
73
17
Dr. Andrew Mackenzie (BHP Billiton) 1
53
42
62
56
D. Warren East (Rolls-Royce) 1
53
87
8
65
Mike Coupe (Sainsbury) 1
51
52
41
60
Paul Sheffield (Kier) 1
51
26
56
70
Donald Roberts (Experian) 1
50
48
76
26
Chris Finlayson (BG) 1
48
50
4
90
Ian Livingston (BT) 1
48
26
45
74
Ian Marchant (SSE) 1
48
6
62
78
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