From Elon Musk to Satya Nadella: Here are the 29 top tech CEOs of 2018, according to employees

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  • This week, Comparably – a website that rates companies across a number of different areas – released its list of Best CEOs of 2018.
  • Of the 50 chief executives on that list, 29 were from tech companies.
  • Below, we’ve compiled the list of best tech CEOs of the year.

For tech, 2018 was a year full of scandal.

From Facebook’s dealings with Cambridge Analytica, to Elon Musk smoking weed on-air, the tech industry had its share of controversy in 2018.

When tech executives weren’t being questioned on Capitol Hill, however, some were being praised by employees for their leadership and the companies they have helped create.

This week, Comparably– a website that rates companies across a number of different areas – released its 2018 list of Best CEOs. Of the 50 chief execs on that list, 29 were from tech companies.

Here are the 29 best large tech company CEOs of the year:


29. Bill McDermott, SAP

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Headquarters: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Year they became CEO: 2002

What their company does: Enterprise software for business operations and customer management


28. Scott Wagner, GoDaddy

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Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona

Year they became CEO: 2018

What their company does: Internet domain registry and website hosting


27. Daniel Schulman, PayPal

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Headquarters: San Jose, California

Year they became CEO: 2014

What their company does: Online payments


26. Michael Sullivan, Acquia

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Year they became CEO: 2017

What their company does: Open source content management system for websites


25. Colin Doherty, Fuze

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Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Year they became CEO: 2017

What their company does: Cloud-based communication systems


24. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube

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Headquarters: San Bruno, California

Year they became CEO: 2014

What their company does: Video-sharing platform


23. Steven Berglund, Trimble

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Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California

Year they became CEO: 1999

What their company does: Maker of global navigation satellite systems receivers, laser rangefinders, unmanned aerial vehicles, and more


22. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Year they became CEO: 2004

What their company does: The world’s largest social network


21. Reed Hastings, Netflix

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Headquarters: Los Gatos, California

Year they became CEO: 1997

What their company does: Online platform for watching movies, shows, and more


20. Amy Zupon, Vertafore

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Headquarters: Denver, Colorado

Year they became CEO: 2016

What their company does: Insurance software


19. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber

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Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Year they became CEO: 2017

What their company does: Ride-sharing services, food delivery, and more


18. Michael Dell, Dell

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Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas

Year they became CEO: 1984

What their company does: Computer maker and more


17. Ryan Smith, Qualtrics

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Headquarters: Provo, Utah

Year they became CEO: 2002

What their company does: Online market research software acquired by SAP in November 2018


16. Bryce Maddock, TaskUs

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Headquarters: Santa Monica, California

Year they became CEO: 2008

What their company does: Outsourced customer support


15. Michael Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment

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Headquarters: Santa Monica, California

Year they became CEO: 2007*

What their company does: Video game creators, including World of Warcraft

*In October, Morhaime stepped down as Blizzard CEO.


14. Elon Musk, SpaceX/Tesla

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Headquarters: Hawthorne, California

Year they became CEO: 2002/2003

What their company does: Space transportation/electric car and energy storage


13. John Van Siclen, Dynatrace

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Headquarters: Waltham, Massachusetts

Year they became CEO: 2008

What their company does: Application performance management for programs running in the cloud and on-premise


12. Doug Mack, Fanatics

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Headquarters: Jacksonville, Florida

Year they became CEO: 2014

What their company does: Online sporting goods retailer


11. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP

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Headquarters: Roseland, New Jersey

Year they became CEO: 2011

What their company does: Payroll solutions provider


10. Tim Cook, Apple

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Headquarters: Cupertino, California

Year they became CEO: 2011

What their company does: Computer hardware, software, and more


9. Lynn Jurich, Sunrun

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Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Year they became CEO: 2007

What their company does: Residential solar energy provider


8. John Legere, T-Mobile

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Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington

Year they became CEO: 2012

What their company does: Wireless communications provider


7. Marc Benioff, Salesforce

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Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Year they became CEO: 1999

What their company does: Customer-relationship management software


6. Alex Shootman, Workfront

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Headquarters: Lehi, Utah

Year they became CEO: 2016

What their company does: Project management software


5. Jeff Bezos, Amazon

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Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Year they became CEO: 1994

What their company does: Ecommerce, cloud computing, consumer electronics, and more


4. Brian Halligan, Hubspot

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Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Year they became CEO: 2006

What their company does: Sales and marketing software


3. Brad Smith, Intuit

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Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Year they became CEO: 2008*

What their company does: Accounting software that offers tax preparation and payroll services

*Smith announced in April that he will step down as Intuit CEO at the end of 2018.


2. Sundar Pichai, Google

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Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Year they became CEO: 2015

What their company does: The world’s most popular search engine, which also creates cloud computing, hardware, and software products, and more


1. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

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Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Year they became CEO: 2014

What their company does: Develops, licenses, and sells computer software and devices

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