Washington: Eight Indian CEOs have made it to
Harvard Business Review's (HBR) list of 100 best performing global
chief executives headed for the last 17 years by the late Steve
Jobs of Apple.
ITC chairman Y C Deveshwar, ranked seventh overall (Rank 7), was
first among the Indian CEOs. Under his leadership, ITC saw its
value increase by $45 billion.
He was followed by former ONGC's late chairman and managing
director Subir Raha (Rank 13). During Raha's May 2001-2006 tenure,
ONGC's market capitalisation increased more than 10 times.
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani (Rank 28), was ranked
third among Indians. Under his leadership, Reliance Industries has
grown to become India's second-largest Indian company by turnover.
Larsen & Toubro chairman and managing Director A M Naik (Rank 32),
came next. Under Naik's leadership, the company has expanded its
horizons beyond domestic frontiers, positioning itself to become a
true international player.
Former Bharat Heavy Electricals CMD A K Puri (Rank 38) is ranked
fifth among the Indians. He is followed by Bharti Airtel chairman,
Sunil Bharti Mittal (Rank 65).
Jindal Steel & Power CEO Naveen Jindal (Rank 87) is ranked seventh
among Indians. He is followed by Former SAIL chairman, V S Jain
On an average, these CEOs have delivered a total shareholder
return of 1,385 per cent during their tenures and increased their
firms' market value by $40.2 billion (adjusted for inflation,
dividends, share repurchases, and share issues).
Jobs of Apple, who has been the best-performing CEO over the past
17 years was number 1 on HBR 2010 list as well. From 1997 to 2011,
Apple's market value increased by $359 billion, and its
shareholder return experienced average compound annual growth of
Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has now climbed to the number 2 spot, up
from number 7 in HBR 2010 list. Under his leadership, the company
delivered industry-adjusted shareholder returns of 12,266 percent
and saw its value increase by $111 billion.
The highest-ranked woman on the list is Meg Whitman, currently the
CEO of beleaguered HP, whose performance as the CEO of eBay from
1998 to 2008 earned her the number 9 spot.