Top 10 CEOs in the USA
Here are the top ten CEOs in the US ranked by their overall compensation for 2017. The rankings are based on the list which was published in the New York Times on May 25, 2018.
10. Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor (TRIP)
$700,000 Salary / $43.2mn overall compensation
Stephen Kaufer, age 53, helped found TripAdvisor in February 2000 along with Langley Steiner and others. Kaufer has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of TripAdvisor since starting the company. TripAdvisor has its headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts, and offices in Overland Park, Dallas, Atlanta and 35 other global bases. It is estimated that TripAdvisor has 3,236 employees with a median salary of $99,643.
9. Ronald F. Clarke, FLEETCOR Technologies (FLT)
$1,000,000 Salary / $45.1mn overall compensation
Ronald F. Clarke, age 61, became the CEO and President of FLEETCOR Technologies in August of 2000. In March of 2003, he also took on the role of Chairman of the company. FLEETCOR Technologies has its headquarters in Norcross, Georgia and has offices in Atlanta and Wichita in addition to 16 other offices around the world. FLEETCOR Technologies has more than 7,100 employees with a median salary of $34,700.
8. Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner (TWX)
$2,000,000 Salary / $49mn overall compensation
Jeff Bewkes, aged 66, was the CEO of Time Warner from 2008 to June 14, 2018, when Time Warner was acquired by AT&T. At the time of the merger, Time Warner was headquartered in New York City. In 2017 Time Warner Cable had approximately 26,000 employees with a median salary of $75,217.
7. Dexter Goei, Altice USA (ATUS)
$490,385 Salary / $56.3man overall compensation
Dexter Goei, age 47, became the CEO and chairman at Altice USA in June 2016. Goei first joined the company in 2006 after working in the investment banking industry for 15 years at JP Morgon and Morgan Stanley. Altice USA was started as a subsidiary of the international Altice Group in 2015. The company headquarters are located in Bethpage, New York. The company currently has around 15,300 employees with a median income of $121,645.
6. W. Nicholas Howley, TransDigm Group (TDG)
$7,000,000 Salary / $61mn overall compensation
W. Nicholas Howley, age 65, became the CEO at TransDigm Group in 2003 after the purchase of TransDigm Incorporated, the company he founded with Douglas W. Peacock in 1993. On April 30, 2018, Howley changed positions at TransDigm Group and took over the responsibility of the Executive Chairman. TransDigm Group is currently headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company employees approximately 9,200 people with a median salary of $103,797.
5. Gregory B. Maffei, Liberty Media
$2,118,454 Salary / $61mn overall compensation
Gregory B. Maffei, age 58, is the president and CEO of Liberty Media. He also serves as the chairman of TripAdvisor, Live Nation Entertainment, and Sirius XM. Maffei took over as CEO of Liberty Media in 2005. The company was initially formed as a separate entity by TCI in 1991. The business currently has its headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. There are just over 3,500 employs who earn a median salary of $98,725.
4. Leslie Moonves, CBS (CBS)
$3,500,000 Salary / $68.4mn overall compensation
Leslie Moonves, age 68, joined CBS as the president of CBS Entertainment and became the chairman and CEO in 2003. The parent company of CBS was founded in 1928 when William Paley was able to acquire 16 separate radio channels and then combined them to create Columbia Broadcast System. The headquarters for CBS is in New York City, and the company has 59 other locations throughout the US and internationally. CBS has around 12,700 employees with a median salary of $116,654.
3. Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment (LYV)
$2,416,667 Salary / $70.6mn overall compensation
Michael Rapino, age 52, has been serving as the CEO and President of Live Nation Entertainment since August 2005. Rapino also currently is the CEO and President of Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. and Live Nation Merchandise, Inc. Live Nation Entertainment was formed after the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation in 2010. Live Nation Entertain has its headquarters in Beverly Hill, California. Live Nation Entertainment employs approximately 8,300 people with a median salary of $24,406.
2. Frank J. Bisignano, First Data Corporation (FDC)
$1,320,000 Salary / $101.2mn overall compensation
Frank J. Bisignano, age 59, became the CEO of First Data Corporation in 2013. Bisognano also serves as the company's chairman. He is also the CEO at FundsXpress Financial Network and FDGS Group, LLC. First Data Corporation was founded in 1995 when First Data Resources merged with First Financial Management Corporation. The headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia and the company has 136 offices located in 24 countries. First Data Corporation has around 22,000 employees with a median salary of $50,406.
1. Hock E. Tan, Broadcom (AVGO)
$1,100,000 Salary / $103.2mn in overall compensation
Hock E. Tan, age 65, became the CEO, President and Director of Broadcom in March of 2006. Broadcom Corporation was founded in 1991 by Henry Samueli and Henry Nicholas. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California and has 52 other offices both in the US and abroad. Broadcom employs around 14,000 with an average salary of $125,000.
Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.