Likeability isn’t necessarily a requirement for success as a CEO (see George Pullman), but it certainly can’t hurt to have your employees behind you.
To find out which chief executives are naughty or nice, Owler, which compiles crowdsourced info on companies and their managers, analyzed over 250,000 CEO reviews from its platform (comprised of employees, competitors and other users) to come up with a Top 100 ranking, based on a likeability scale of 0-100.
The most liked CEO across all industries? Costco’s Craig Jelinek, who, in the tradition of his predecessor Jim Sinegal, regularly visits stores and provides the best wages in mass merchant retail.
Sharing the spotlight on Owler’s Top 41 retail and e-commerce list are, among tech and appliance merchants:
No. 5: Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s
No. 12: Jeff Bezos, Amazon
No. 23: Hubert Joly, Best Buy
No 24: Daniel Yong Zhang, Alibaba
No. 25: Devin Wenig, eBay
No. 27: Marc Lore, Jet.com
No. 30: Brian Cornell, Target
No. 33: Marvin Ellison, JCPenney
No. 34: Robert Niblock, Lowe’s
No. 35: Shira Goodman, Staples
No. 36: Craig Menear, Home Depot
No. 37: Doug McMillon, Walmart
No. 38: Roland Smith, Office Depot
No. 39: Alasdair James, Kmart
No. 40: John Furner, Sam’s Club
And edging out Furner for last place is (drumroll, please... ) Sears’s own, Eddie Lampert.