The 25 best CEOs of large companies, ranked by employees of color

Eric Yuan is talking before the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony

25. Aman Bhutani, GoDaddy

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Industry: Website hosting platform

Employee quote about the CEO: "I love that he is attempting to be more accessible by hosting AMAs, rolling out Slido, listening to feedback, and being more diverse."

24. Carl Russo, Calix

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Telecommunications software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Warm, professional, flexible, inclusive and open."

23. Tomer Weingarten, SentinelOne

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Cybersecurity

Employee quote about the CEO: "Transparent and inclusive in his communication, prioritizing company and employee growth."

22. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP

Location: Roseland, New Jersey

Industry: HR management software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Our CEO is proactive and transparent about our position on important issues."

21. Mike Walsh, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Legal information and analytics

Employee quote about the CEO: "Besides the business, he has a strong vision on L&D."

20. Leslie Stretch, Medallia

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: SaaS Platform

Employee quote about the CEO: "Our CEO is proactive and transparent about our position on important issues."

19. Sumit Singh, Chewy

Location: Dania, Florida

Industry: E-commerce

Employee quote about the CEO: "I believe he truly cares about diversity, inclusion, and building an excellent culture."

18. Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Publishing

Employee quote about the CEO: "Kumsal is a super star leading the way in inclusion and diversity and how a global company can be sustainable and profitable."

17. Bradley Jacobs, XPO Logistics

Location: Greenwich, Connecticut

Industry: Freight brokerage

Employee quote about the CEO:  "Strives to be inclusive and always helping us build new skills and praising us for the ones we have."

16. Andy Lee, Alorica

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Customer service

Employee quote about the CEO: "He is always ready to help. It is very human. He is the best leader I have ever had."

15. Robert G. Painter, Trimble

Location: Sunnyvale, California

Industry: Software and hardware technology

Employee quote about the CEO: "Caring and compassionate. Progressive approach to allowing employees time to act upon diversity, equity and inclusion.

14. Cesar Carvalho, Gympass

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Health and wellness

Employee quote about the CEO: "The Global CEO remains humble and mission-focused. He treats all with respect and values his employees."

13. Bryce Maddock, TaskUs

Location: Santa Monica, California

Industry: Customer service outsourcing

Employee quote about the CEO: "Empowerment, inclusivity, investment in people, and transparency."

12. Sundar Pichai, Google

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Internet cloud computing

Employee quote about the CEO: "Does the right thing for everyone, truly cares. Dedicated to inclusion, diversity, opportunity, and outreach to help communities."

11. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Location: Redmond, Washington

Industry: Computer software and consumer electronics

Employee quote about the CEO: "Satya Nadella is really inspiring. He has a good vision and the global strategy is excellent."

10. Brian Halligan, HubSpot

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Industry: CRM software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Appreciate his efforts to keep attracting and retaining the best human talent, and to be a company with empathy and equality."

9. Chris Caldwell, Concentrix

Location: Fremont, California

Industry: Customer service outsourcing

Employee quote about the CEO: "The concepts of diversity, inclusion, development, and opportunity are not just lip service."

8. Henry Schuck, ZoomInfo

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Industry: SaaS

Employee quote about the CEO: "I appreciate his openness to discuss tough issues like diversity and growth."

7. Kenneth Lin, Credit Karma

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: FinTech

Employee quote about the CEO: "It’s rare to see such an ethical and thoughtful CEO that ‘walks the talk’ the way he does."

6. Arvind Krishna, IBM

Location: Armonk, New York

Industry: Computer enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Embraces the culture of equality and inclusiveness in every internal process and policy."

5. Rich Lesser, Boston Consulting Group

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 

Industry: Management consulting

Employee quote about the CEO: "Compassionate and cares about what really matters to individuals (e.g. social issues)."

4. Dan Rosensweig, Chegg

Location: Santa Clara, California

Industry: Online education and training services

Employee quote about the CEO: "Always evolving, making positive changes, driving company growth, providing amazing employee benefits."

3. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: "So proud of Shantanu and the steps that he has taken not only after COVID-19, but also regarding the racial strife this year."

2. Vladimir Shmunis, RingCentral

Location: Belmont, California

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Vlad is inclusive and caring about employees’ well-being."

1. Eric Yuan, Zoom Video Communications

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Video conferencing software

Employee quote about the CEO: "Approachable, with clear communications, and support for being human and diversity."

Here is the full list for large companies:

Method and data source

After publishing the best CEOs based on ratings from female employees, career site Comparably released its ranking of the best CEOs based solely on ratings from employees of color. Ratings were collected from the end of June 2020 to the end of June 2021.

Eric Yuan ranked at the top of the large company list, or those with over 500 employees. On Comparably, Yuan has an overall approval rating of 98 out of 100 and high ratings from non-white employees. 

The complete list of top CEOs for diversity is available on Comparably. Quotes and industry categories listed above were given to Insider by Comparably and have been edited for grammar.

Madison Hoff July 13, 2021 at 06:36PM

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