The corporate world machine is oiled by the witty intellect and expertise of top managers whose influence shape the destiny of the business world. Most of the leaders are cleverly innovative, apply exceptional customer focus, and express the absolute will to serve the underprivileged. Here is a list of top 10 managers worldwide without following any particular order.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon is recognized for exceptional and pioneering work on internet commerce. He has been instrumental in defining many aspects of internet business and is still popular for the concept of predictive analytics (product recommendation to customers depending on their buying habits and search history). The idea has revolutionized internet commerce, generating more profit and enhancing efficiency, and will still make online shopping a wonderful experience for consumers worldwide for years to come.
Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook is a female CEO worth emulation. Listed in the Time’s 2012 list of top 100 most influential people worldwide, she is also recognized for her excellence in sales at Google and the USA Treasury where she engineered debt cancellation for developing countries. She is responsible for the high profitability of Facebook, where she handles sales, business development, communications, public policy, marketing and human resources. Forbes ranked her number 5 in 2011 among the world’s top 100 most powerful women.
Marco Tronchetti Provera joined Pirelli Group far back in 1986 and was soon to take over the group’s operational controls in 1992. He moved on to become the group’s CEO and to chair a number of corporate organizations such as La-Scala Opera House (2001-2005), and Telcom Italia (2001-2006) among others.
Anne Mulcahy of Xerox is recognized for turning around her company during the worst of financial crises. Anne has been regarded as a non-inspiring CEO in many quarters because of her ability to make tough choices. After being elected to Xerox’s board in 2001, she went on to reduce the workforce by 30% and then managing to eliminate the entire desktop section of Xerox. Her courage in adversity won her recognitions: the CEO of the year by Chief Executive Magazine in 2008, a top leader in America by USA News and World Report, and one of the top influential women worldwide by Forbes in 2005 and 2009.
Eric Emerson Schmidt of Google is ranked by Forbes as 138th richest person globally. The astute software engineer co-authored the Unix computer’s lex analysis software, served as CEO of Novell (1997-2001), served in Apple Inc. as board member (2006), and was CEO of Google (2001-2011). At Google, he made notable strides in sales organization, development of Google’s corporate structure, product development and high quality services. His Innovation Endeavors (founded in 2010) coaches, funds, and links innovative and high impact ventures worldwide. He is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on matters Science and Technology.
Brad Smith of Intuit leads one of the most flourishing financial software firms responsible for QuickBooks. Even though Intuit has gone to $4B worth of revenue and a market cap of about $16.5B, Brad still prefers to operate the organization as an accumulation of startups. Over 8,000 employees are taught to learn failure and success through risk taking.
Howard Schultz of Starbucks is recognized as a complete example of hard work, courage and ability. Even the glow of his open success does not stop him from investing further in other business ventures like eBay.
Larry Page of Google is a businessman recognized for resilience and perseverance. He has steered his company through loud criticisms and ample praises, without ever letting the opinions of other people make him lose sight of what he considers right and best.
Tim Cook of Apple has not been lost after his closest advisor and innovator Steve jobs passed on. He has come up with new trends and is moving courageously ahead. The newest Apple inventory management methods put in place by Cook are commendable.
Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway is recognized for exquisite conservativeness in business and foresight for corporate stability. He usually remains undisturbed even when others make extreme gains and losses.
Other top CEOs include Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Rupert Murdoch of News Corporation, and Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group. Together, these individuals remain shining stars and exemplars of managerial strength.