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TRENDSETTERS WHO ARE THE

MOST LIKEABLE CEOS IN THE VALLEY?

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wler, a pioneer in crowd-sourced information that’s building the world’s largest database of company and executive information, released its first report on CEO Likeability. Owler’s analysis, which parsed thousands of CEO reviews from site users, uncovers what people truly think of CEOs in the Valley. With the impact of social

media on the rise, this comes at a time where there’s more transparency and accountability in the corner office than ever and the nation’s top executives can’t escape public scrutiny. That said, here are the most likeable CEOs in the Valley, according to Owler:

TOP 10 IN PHOENIX

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 88.1/100

82.3/100

82.2/100

74.4/100

74.3/100

71.3/100

65.6/100

62.2/100

58.4/100

Kent McClelland

James H. Hooker

Steven W. Moster

Charles Layne

78.2/100

Stewart M. Bloom

Shamrock Farms

Televerde

Viad

Telesoft

Aspect

Ernie Garcia

Peter S. Fine

William J. Amelio

Amin N. Maredia

Michael J. Masse

Carvana

Banner Health

Avnet

Sprouts Farmers Market

PetSmart

TOP 10 IN SCOTTSDALE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 99.1/100

92.1/100

91.8/100

87.1/100

85.1/100

74.3/100

74.1/100

64.5/100

61.2/100

59.1/100

Michael Kanko

Neill Feather

Tomas Gorny

Richard Rector

Justin Gray

Rob Donat

Girish Rishi

Blake Irving

Wolfgang Koester

Sari Factor

ImportGenius

SiteLock

Nextiva

Realty Executives

LeadMD

GPS Insight

JDA Software

GoDaddy

FireApps

Edgenuity

BEWARE

if your CEO is the only insider on a board Leaving a CEO “home alone” can lead to poor financial performance, exorbitant CEO pay, and more financial fraud, according to a story. Corporate boards on which the only insider is the CEO have become popular over the past few years. But there’s a problem with that kind of board independence, according to a new paper accepted for publication in Strategic Management Journal. “The upside to a CEO’s power and agenda setting is they’re the expert to a degree,” says Christine Shropshire, associate professor of management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “But with the absence of an insider, no one can check the accuracy or precision of the CEOs information to the board.” The study used data on S&P 1500 firms from 2003 to 2014 to examine the consequences of loneinsider boards: • CEOs who were the lone insiders made 7.39 million more than the average of the other top executives • Companies with lone-insider boards were 27 percent more likely to commit financial misconduct • Profits were 10 percent lower on average

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AB | July - August 2017

ARIZONA

LEADS NATION

IN WAGE ACCELERATION Arizona leads the nation in hourly earnings growth, according to the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, gaining 4.63 percent ($1.06) year-over-year. On a metro level, Phoenix had the second highest 12-month hourly earnings growth (4.52 percent to $24.51). Nationally, hourly earnings have increased 2.87 percent ($0.72 year over year) to $25.76.

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