The top 100 CEOs of 2021: Glassdoor's Employee Choice Awards

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Job site Glassdoor has revealed its Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the top 100 CEOs in 2021. “This comes from people who know CEOs best, employees,” Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain told Yahoo Finance. The awards are based on input from employees who submit company reviews on the site, including a rating for the company's CEO. The ratings were submitted between May 2, 2020 and May 1, 2021.

Chamberlain said that there are three things that all of the CEOs on this year’s list have in common. “They 'walk the walk' and embody the company’s mission to exemplify the culture, they engage in transparent communication, especially during times of uncertainty, and they’re accessible and visible."

Though the top 100 CEOs featured executives from diverse industries and sectors, technology shined the brightest, with 29 leaders making the list, followed by finance and manufacturing.

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“There are winners on this list from all over the map, including solar, energy and biotech, but also some sectors that were really hit hard by the pandemic like retail and restaurants and hospitality. And what it says to me is more than half of the CEOs had never been on our list before and the reason why is that the pandemic has put pressure on every CEO and it created an opportunity for people who took an employee- first standpoint to really shine and stand out during the crisis,” he said.

Chamberlain said trust was a common theme in this year's rankings, “This year has been a crucible for trust, and the people who put employees first are the ones who ended up on the top of our list.

Despite women only making up 6.0% of CEO positions at S&P 500 (^GSPC) companies and 8.1% of all Fortune 500 CEOs, five women made the list this year. 

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  • Reggie Wade is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter at @ReggieWade.

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