2014 Top 100 Executives in America
Our prestigious list has its share of professionals at the pinnacle. Some readers may be surprised by the number of CEOs on the following pages, but in fact, the trend toward diversity at the top has been gaining momentum for some time. Ursula Burns has headed Xerox Corporation for nearly five years now, and it seems that Ken Chenault has ably guided American Express for the better part of a generation. Don Thompson is entering his third year as CEO of McDonald’s, holding the reins during challenging times for his business. Ken Frazier of Merck & Co., Roger Ferguson of TIAA-CREF and Clarence Otis Jr. of Darden round out the Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
There are now nine Fortune 500 CEOs of Asian descent. These include Indra Nooyi, Pepsi; Ajay Banga, MasterCard and Satya Nadella, Microsoft. Notable among the eight Latino Fortune 500 CEOs are Carlos Rodriguez, ADP and Robert E. Sanchez, Ryder System. There are 23 women Fortune 500 CEOs today, and among them are Mary T. Barra, General Motors, Margaret C. Whitman, HP and Marissa A. Mayer, Yahoo!.
As we give kudos to the CEOs, we’ve also sought to identify the next generation of big business leaders in the United States—executives just a notch below the CEO level at Fortune 1,000 companies. Impressive as they are, we have no doubt that many are not finished their climb up the corporate ladder. In fact, we are confident that more than a few of them will distinguish themselves as chief executives and board members of major publicly traded companies.