CEO of the Year Obermatt Pin


UK 200 Ranking: United Kingdom - Multi-Year Ranking

2013 - 2017

Competition: The second largest 200 companies based on revenue 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
Raymond Stuart Kelvin (Ted Baker) 5
96
100
96
90
Rob Perrins (Berkeley Group) 5
92
95
92
89
Xavier Robert Rolet (London Stock Exchange) 5
89
82
86
97
Derek W. Muir (Hill & Smith) 5
85
87
77
91
Andrew Williams (Halma) 5
82
91
85
71
Mike Kinloch McCollum (Dignity) 5
82
77
85
85
Simon Emeny (Fuller, Smith & Turner) 5
80
91
90
59
Adam Crozier (ITV) 5
79
82
73
82
Andrew Wyllie (Costain) 5
77
93
65
74
Richard David Harpin (Homeserve) 5
74
77
59
86
Robert T. Forrester (Vertu Motors) 5
74
100
58
63
Nicholas P. Henry (James Fisher) 5
73
71
71
77
Said Darwazah (Hikma Pharmaceuticals) 5
73
79
69
72
Tim Steiner (Ocado) 5
73
95
72
51
Preben Prebensen (Close Brothers) 5
70
62
69
80
Steve Edward Foots (Croda) 5
69
70
72
63
Richard Salomons (InterContinental Hotels) 5
68
50
65
88
Rupert Edward Pearce (Inmarsat) 5
68
60
71
74
Dominic Burke (Jardine Lloyd) 5
68
77
61
66
Sir David McMurtry (Renishaw) 5
67
61
78
62
Robert Walters (Robert Walters) 5
67
74
56
69
Stephen C. Harris (Bodycote) 5
66
58
68
73
John O’Higgins (Spectris) 5
65
62
68
66
Ralph Graham Findlay (Marston's) 5
65
74
52
68
Peter I. France (Rotork) 5
64
71
65
56
Robert A. Watson (Hilton Food) 5
64
65
56
71
Karim Bitar (Genus) 5
61
62
68
52
Dennis Proctor (Hunting) 5
61
59
59
67
Dorothy Carrington Thompson (Drax) 5
61
81
38
65
Steven Lewis Mogford (United Utilities) 5
61
50
63
70
Mark Richard Cashmore (Connect Group) 5
60
64
50
66
Simon Pryce (BBA Aviation) 5
60
51
58
71
Ahmed Javed (Tate & Lyle) 5
56
51
55
62
Rakesh Sharma (Ultra Electronics) 5
56
58
54
55
Dr. Alan Haerne (RPS) 5
55
45
58
63
Simon Richard Fox (Reach) 5
55
43
51
69
Francois Clement Wanecq (Vesuvius) 5
55
42
57
65
Gerard Jude Ryan (International Personal Finance) 5
54
52
57
52
Oleg Novachuk (KAZ Minerals) 5
53
59
48
53
Stephen ingham (PageGroup) 5
49
43
56
49
G. Alex Kanellis (PZ Cussons) 5
48
52
41
51
Pete Redfern (Taylor Wimpey) 4
95
97
100
90
Ted Ayres (Bellway) 4
92
94
100
71
Colin Day (Essentra) 4
86
94
90
72
Adam Hartley Couch (Cranswick) 4
84
86
83
84
Louis Leslie Alexander Eperjesi (Tyman) 4
84
87
92
72
Mattew Ingle (Howden) 4
78
81
72
82
David J. Miles (Mears) 4
76
74
73
82
Peter Stuart Crook (Provident) 4
72
60
74
82
David Lockwood (Laird) 4
72
56
73
85
Roger Whiteside (Greggs) 4
70
71
71
66
Tony Brewer (Headlam) 4
67
71
60
70
John Christopher Morgan (Morgan Sindall) 4
67
74
59
68
Ignacio Bustamante (Hochschild Mining) 4
66
59
68
69
Kwan Cheong Ng (Laura Ashley) 4
64
54
65
73
Dido Harding (Talktalk Telecom) 4
64
79
52
60
Simon A. Peckham (Melrose) 4
63
64
70
56
Julia Robertson (Impellam) 4
62
74
44
70
Ian Fraser (Brammer) 4
61
72
56
55
Simon Litherland (Britvic) 4
60
49
64
67
Michael Alan Spencer (NEX) 4
60
54
58
67
Michael Sharp (Debenhams) 4
59
63
56
56
Mark Allen (Dairy Crest) 4
56
34
58
75
Aidan Heavey (Tullow) 4
54
66
50
45
David Radcliffe (Hogg Robinson) 4
49
45
50
52
Robert L. Contreras (Northgate) 4
48
36
57
52
Ruby McGregor-Smith (MITIE) 4
46
50
41
47
Peter Dilnot (Renewi) 4
42
29
48
48
Philip Meeson (Dart Group) 3
100
100
99
100
Martyn Coffey (Marshalls) 3
89
87
100
78
Jeff Fairburn (Persimmon) 3
88
84
100
79
Justin Atkinson (Keller) 3
86
89
85
84
Andrew Horton (Beazley) 3
84
80
82
90
David James Ritchie (Vistry Group) 3
81
95
79
70
Mike Pulli (Pace plc) 3
80
76
75
90
Mark Clare (Barratt Developments) 3
79
85
73
78
Stephen A. Carter (Informa) 3
79
88
73
77
Mor Weizer (Playtech) 3
77
78
95
58
Andrew John Hogarth (Staffline) 3
76
85
74
70
Stephen Clarke (WH Smith) 3
71
57
68
89
Nicholas John Varney (Merlin Entertainments) 3
70
74
73
64
Richard Steeves (Synergy Health) 3
68
62
62
79
Guy Buswell (UK Mail) 3
67
67
62
71
Regis Schulz (Darty) 3
67
43
73
83
Jalal Bagherli (Dialog Semiconductor) 3
65
56
60
79
David W. Williams (Noble) 3
65
80
69
45
John Langlands (British Polythene) 3
64
57
62
72
Mike Tye (Spirit Pub) 3
64
60
55
76
David Dutro (Elementis) 3
63
69
51
70
Roger W. J. Siddle (Findel) 3
63
44
61
83
Peter J. Ventress (Berendsen) 3
63
46
60
83
Joep van Beurden (CSR) 3
63
42
54
92
Richard I. Glynn (Ladbrokes Coral) 3
62
74
57
56
Eric Born (Wincanton) 3
61
39
69
73
Gary Elden (Sthree) 3
61
74
62
48
Adrian M. Whitfield (Synthomer) 3
59
51
65
59
Robert Murphy (Cobham) 3
56
68
44
56
Carl G. Trowell (Ensco Rowan) 3
55
65
63
37
Stephen G. Young (Meggitt) 3
53
52
54
54
Matt Davies (Halfords) 3
53
56
44
58
Ian Mason (Electrocomponent) 3
51
55
49
49
David Dupont (Pennon) 3
51
57
38
60
John Idol (Capri Holdings) 3
51
74
58
22
William McGrath (Aga Rangemaster) 3
50
49
40
62
Mark Robertshaw (Morgan Advanced Materials) 3
49
36
47
63
Ashley Highfield (Johnston Press) 3
49
34
42
73
Ken Lever (Xchanging) 3
49
41
43
62
Angela Spindler (N. Brown) 3
48
64
53
27
Nicholas Hobson (Fenner) 3
47
50
43
48
Paul Forman (Coats Group) 3
45
34
55
53
Guy Berruyer (Sage) 3
44
31
35
64
Jonathan Hart (Thorntons) 3
44
35
51
46
John Ewe Chan Lim (Anglo-Eastern) 3
43
47
46
37
Gordon Banham (Hargreaves Services) 3
43
50
51
29
Chris Bull (McBride) 3
38
44
29
39
Euan Angus Sutherland (Superdry) 2
96
97
94
95
Mark Dixon (IWG) 2
88
88
84
92
Andrew Page (Restaurant Group) 2
84
82
87
82
Irakli Gilauri (Bank of Georgia) 2
84
82
62
100
Tim R. Cobbold (UBM) 2
84
68
100
84
Darren Throop (Entertainment One) 2
83
86
94
70
John Tutte (Redrow) 2
82
96
82
68
Jayne-Anne Gadhia (Virgin Money) 2
82
90
98
55
Stephen Stone (Crest Nicholson) 2
81
97
85
62
S. David Lawther (ISG) 2
81
88
55
99
Ralph Topping (William Hill) 2
80
88
68
84
Brian May (Renew Holdings) 2
79
70
58
100
Peter Jones (Lookers) 2
78
86
60
88
Greg Fitzgerald (Galliford Try) 2
78
80
69
88
Walter Rosenbrough (Steris) 2
78
94
78
61
Lindsley Ruth (Electrocomponent) 2
76
80
66
83
David Bellamy (SJP) 2
76
100
39
90
Nick Wharton (Dunelm) 2
76
76
90
60
Martin Morgan (Daily Mail and General Trust) 2
76
56
78
94
Stephen Goodyear (Young & Co.'s Brewery) 2
76
63
84
84
David Graham Hall (Polypipe) 2
74
80
86
56
Nicholas J. Anderson (Spirax Sarco) 2
74
74
76
70
Dr. Pamela Louise Makin (BTG) 2
72
88
80
49
Dr. Dennis Mark Bristow (Barrick Gold) 2
72
66
78
74
Mark Morris (Seadrill Partners) 2
72
88
83
44
Breon Corcoran (Betfair) 2
72
62
76
76
Moshe Greidinger (Cineworld) 2
70
69
74
68
Peter Cowgill (JD Sports) 2
70
87
50
75
Bronislaw Edmund Masojada (Hiscox) 2
68
64
65
74
Nicholas J. Jefferies (discoverIE) 2
68
86
81
38
Andrew Campbell Bruce (Lookers) 2
68
92
59
52
Mark Vernon (Spirax Sarco) 2
68
63
64
76
Charles Philipps (Amlin) 2
68
57
84
62
Stephen Mark Wiener (Cineworld) 2
65
60
57
78
Michael Dobson (Schroders) 2
64
69
50
76
Andrew Lindsay (Telecom Plus) 2
64
50
50
90
Christopher Bailey (Burberry) 2
64
66
53
72
Steve Wadey (QinetiQ) 2
64
53
63
77
Angela Ahrendts (Burberry) 2
62
81
68
36
Terry Duddy (Home Retail) 2
62
50
44
94
Stefan Bomhard (Inchcape) 2
61
92
55
36
Gavin John Darby (Premier Foods) 2
61
45
80
56
Peter S. Rigby (Informa) 2
61
54
58
72
Christopher Satterthwaite (Chime) 2
60
75
54
52
Steve Good (Low & Bonar) 2
59
54
44
78
Nigel Bond (Domino Printing) 2
59
72
38
66
Ian El-Mokadem (Exova) 2
58
58
56
60
Andy Briggs (Friends Life) 2
58
47
66
64
Jean-Paul Luksic (Antofagasta) 2
56
68
52
49
Tim Cobbold (De La Rue) 2
56
40
83
44
Anthony Durrant (Premier Oil) 2
56
60
64
43
Andy Blundell (Communisis) 2
56
68
52
48
Patrick Martell (Kin and Carta) 2
56
50
44
72
Olivia Garfield (Severn Trent) 2
55
59
52
54
Stuart Robert Vann (esure) 2
55
78
61
48
Geraint Anderson (TT Electronics) 2
54
55
46
63
Henry A. Engelhardt (Admiral) 2
54
48
46
68
Emmanuel Roman (Man Group) 2
54
34
59
70
Bill Halbert (KCOM) 2
54
52
41
66
Saad Hammad (Flybe) 2
53
40
62
57
Kostyantin Zhevago (Ferrexpo) 2
52
56
58
41
Martin Lamb (IMI) 2
52
30
42
84
Kevin Walsh (KCOM) 2
52
44
43
68
Anthony Wray (Severn Trent) 2
51
38
54
60
Michael Flowers (Chemring) 2
51
60
61
32
Mark Rollins (Senior) 2
50
60
59
58
Stuart Mitchell (SIG) 2
50
48
70
33
Graham Beale (Nationwide Building Society) 2
50
28
74
48
Terry Smith (Tullett) 2
50
45
40
64
Gordon A. Wilson (Travelport) 2
49
50
52
44
Ian Crabb (LSL Property) 2
48
72
50
21
Nick Robertson (Asos) 2
47
90
41
11
David Levin (UBM) 2
47
33
52
55
Stephen Bird (Vitec) 2
46
39
50
51
Simon Calver (Mothercare) 2
46
23
61
53
Kevin Elliot (Johnson Service Group) 2
46
38
24
75
Ivor Catto (Hyder Consulting) 2
46
52
44
44
Mark Selway (IMI) 2
43
44
34
50
Sergey Ermolenko (Petropavlovsk) 2
42
60
38
28
Wilfred Thomas Walsh (Carpetright) 2
42
62
44
20
Mark Newton-Jones (Mothercare) 2
42
32
65
28
Jonathan Oatley (Cape) 2
42
28
54
44
Alison Platt (Countrywide) 2
39
56
47
15
Jonathan Flint (Oxford) 2
39
64
42
10
Robert David MacKenzie (AA) 2
36
51
38
19
Martin Sutherland (De La Rue) 2
33
58
8
33
Norbert Teufelberger (bwin.party digital entertainment) 2
28
28
17
36
Mike Farley (Persimmon) 1
91
91
94
89
Nicholas McKittrick (Rightmove) 1
87
78
88
96
Martin Gilbert (Aberdeen Asset) 1
85
85
71
100
John Watson (Bellway) 1
84
68
88
95
Nigel Terrington (Paragon Banking Group) 1
82
83
87
76
Barbara Richmond (Redrow) 1
79
88
82
68
Matthew Fosh (Novae) 1
79
84
53
100
Russell Down (Speedy Hire) 1
78
76
76
82
David Wild (Domino's Pizza Group) 1
77
65
88
79
Joel Leonoff (Paysafe Group) 1
77
50
85
96
Jose Miguel Garcia Fernández (Orange Spain) 1
77
80
65
88
Steve Corcoran (Speedy Hire) 1
76
46
82
100
Stephen Kelly (Sage) 1
74
66
71
85
David Buttress (Just Eat) 1
74
76
84
63
James Moffat (Lamprell) 1
73
52
88
79
Trevor Mather (Auto Trader Group) 1
73
45
84
90
Brett Simpson (Low & Bonar) 1
71
86
86
42
Calum MacLean (Synthomer) 1
71
86
74
54
Santiago Seage Medela (Atlantica Yield) 1
71
100
100
12
Kiam Poon Tee (Fortune Oil) 1
71
100
92
22
Amjad Bseisu (EnQuest) 1
70
89
79
42
Geoff Wild (AZ) 1
68
62
61
82
Jack Alexander (GVC) 1
67
39
68
94
James Mullen (Ladbrokes Coral) 1
67
84
78
40
Terry Twigger (Meggitt) 1
66
67
86
43
David Shemmans (Ricardo) 1
65
83
79
34
Geoffrey White (Lonrho) 1
65
96
58
41
Peter Raby (Morgan Advanced Materials) 1
64
56
44
92
Simon Embley (LSL Property) 1
63
52
100
36
Richard Tyson (TT Electronics) 1
62
73
68
45
Nick Wood (Pets at Home) 1
62
68
66
52
Matthew R. Peacock (Blancco Technology) 1
62
65
62
60
Russell Clements (Sthree) 1
61
62
27
94
Rik De Vos (McBride) 1
60
29
58
94
Danny Breithaupt (Restaurant Group) 1
60
65
74
42
Alan White (N. Brown) 1
60
41
50
88
Lance Batchelor (Saga) 1
60
59
56
64
John Phizackerley (Tullett) 1
59
64
57
57
Julian Dunkerton (Superdry) 1
57
96
72
3
Valery Oyf (Highland Gold Mining) 1
57
73
72
27
David Hummel (Victrex) 1
55
47
57
61
Phil Bentley (Cable & Wireless Communications) 1
55
45
59
62
Oliver William (St. Modwen) 1
54
55
70
38
Peter Plumb (Moneysupermarket.com) 1
54
36
61
65
John Roberts (AO World) 1
54
91
32
40
Peter Page (Devro) 1
53
62
32
66
Bavaguthu Shetty (NMC Health) 1
53
62
47
50
David Squires (Senior) 1
52
44
52
60
Andrew Formica (Janus Henderson Group) 1
52
37
46
73
John Oakley (R.E.A.) 1
52
70
85
2
Kristof Hagerman (Sophos Group) 1
51
65
5
83
David Fraser Thomas (Barratt Developments) 1
50
67
73
11
Alain Michaelis (Keller) 1
50
71
35
44
Christopher Loughlin (Pennon) 1
50
27
72
50
Michael Clarke (Premier Foods) 1
50
6
48
97
John Bruce Gill (HSS Hire) 1
50
59
26
65
Chris Davies (SIG) 1
49
6
53
89
David Stevens (Admiral) 1
49
77
6
63
Bruce Thompson (Diploma) 1
47
53
50
37
Adrian Maxwell Colman (Wincanton) 1
46
23
21
93
Stephen Davidson (Mecom) 1
46
31
45
61
Ian Page (Dechra) 1
44
37
55
40
Jill McDonald (Halfords) 1
44
72
35
26
Wayne Sheppard (Ibstock) 1
44
50
65
17
Steven Corbett (Alent) 1
44
32
52
49
Saleem Asaria (Cambian) 1
43
60
28
40
James Drummond (Berendsen) 1
43
53
57
19
Martyn Gibbs (Game Digital) 1
43
34
32
61
Lord Philip Harris (Carpetright) 1
40
18
71
30
Philip Howell (Rathbone Brothers) 1
38
38
11
65
Christopher H.C. Fordham (Euromoney) 1
38
33
50
32
John Hunter (SDL) 1
38
69
30
16
James McCarthy (Poundland) 1
38
78
33
2
Peter Geoffrey Hetherington (IG) 1
37
62
41
7
Greg Hawkins (Acacia Mining) 1
37
21
21
69
Tony Rice (Cable & Wireless Communications) 1
37
4
25
83
Bob Holt (Sureserve Group) 1
36
62
42
4
Ian Filby (DFS Furniture) 1
35
37
51
16
Chris Aspinwall (Fidessa) 1
35
40
50
15
Richard Longdon (Aveva) 1
35
22
29
53
Nick von Schirding (Asia Resource Minerals) 1
35
27
19
58
Angus Russell (Shire) 1
34
79
16
5
Andrew Tinkler (Stobart) 1
33
41
53
5
Hong Ren Wong (Millennium & Copthorne Hotels) 1
33
8
26
67
Lance Uggla (Markit) 1
33
30
9
61
Paul Moody (Britvic) 1
32
16
27
53
Ian Gorham (Hargreaves) 1
32
50
24
22
James Henderson (William Hill) 1
31
27
10
57
Andrew Roberts (Innovation) 1
29
18
58
10
Graham Holden (Marshalls) 1
23
2
9
58
Naresh Nayyar (Essar Energy) 1
0
98
0
0