The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees

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The coronavirus pandemic has been, and continues to be, a major test for corporate leaders.

The public is watching whether CEOs lay off or furlough workers, as well as how they treat their employees during this time. As billionaire Mark Cuban said in April, customers who see companies laying off employees will send those brands “to the toilet.” 

Employees themselves are taking note, too. Bank of America’s Sheri Bronstein, the company’s chief human resources officer, recently told Business Insider that employees are paying close attention to the benefits their employers choose to give them or not, such as added mental health benefits or childcare benefits. 

So which CEOs have done a good job navigating the pandemic crisis, according to employees? Jobs posting and research website Glassdoor analyzed anonymous company reviews on its website between March and October to find out.

To determine the ranking, Glassdoor looked at the quality of employee reviews, CEO approval ratings, and how employees talked about their leadership during the pandemic. Leadership scores are rounded to the nearest hundredth for reporting simplicity.  

Glassdoor provided Business Insider exclusive data for both CEOs in the US and in the UK. The ratings are linked to where the employees are based, not on where the corporate HQ is based.

We’ve listed US CEOs first, then those from the UK.

Here are the top 20 US CEOs, ranked. 

20. John F. Bergstrom is the CEO of the Wisconsin-based marketplace for used and new cars Bergstrom Automotive.

Industry: Automotive

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86% 

19. Jim Kavanaugh is the CEO of IT provider World Wide Technology.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

18. John Riccitiello is the CEO of the gaming company Unity Technologies.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

17. Jeffrey A. Stoops is the CEO of the real estate investment trust firm SBA Communications.

Industry: Real Estate

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

16. Stanley Middleman is the founder and CEO of mortgage banker Freedom Mortgage. 

Industry: Finance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86% 

15. Brian Halligan is the cofounder and CEO of the marketing and sales company HubSpot.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

14. Don Gayhardt is the president and CEO of CURO Financial Technologies, a company that provides short-term credit to underbanked consumers.

Industry: Fintech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87% 

13. Jen-Hsun Huang is the cofounder and CEO of the computer chip company NVIDIA.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

12. Eric S. Yuan is the CEO and founder of video conferencing service Zoom Video Communications.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

11. Dan Burton is the CEO of Health Catalyst, a company that provides data and analytics technologies to healthcare firms.

Industry: Healthcare and Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

10. Jason Randall is the president and CEO of the computer software company AppFolio.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

9. Ted Dickman is the CEO of the accounting and advisory firm BKD.

Industry: Accounting

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

8. Stewart Butterfield is the cofounder and CEO of the team-messaging service Slack.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

7. Steven C. Bilt is the CEO of the dental service Smile Brands.

Industry: Healthcare

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

6. Daniel Springer is the CEO of the digital signature company DocuSign.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

5. Gary S. Guthart is the CEO of the robotic-surgery company Intuitive Surgical.

Industry: Healthcare and Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

4. Zander Lurie is the CEO of the survey software company SurveyMonkey.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 91%

3. Michael Weinstein is the president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit that provides medical care to those impacted by HIV and AIDS. 

Industry: Healthcare

Leadership score during COVID-19: 92%

2. G. Brint Ryan is the chairman and CEO of tax advisory firm Ryan, LLC. 

Industry: Accounting

Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

1. Mark Aslett is the president and CEO of defense electronics company Mercury Systems. 

Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Leadership score during COVID-19: 95%

Here are the top 10 UK CEOs, ranked.

10. Andrew Walsh is the CEO of the computer software company Iress.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

9. Paul Confrey is the president of the marketing company GTB.

Industry: Advertising and Marketing

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

8. Daya Thayan is the CEO of the care-homes company Kingsley Healthcare.

Industry: Healthcare

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

7. James Reader is the CEO of the motor, home, and commercial insurance company Covea Insurance. 

Industry: Insurance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 90%

6. Pete Redfern is the CEO of the housebuilding company Taylor Wimpey.

Industry: Manufacturing

Leadership score during COVID-19: 90%

5. Michael Dell is the founder, chairman, and CEO of tech firm Dell Technologies.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 91%

4. Alan Hirzel is the CEO of Abcam, a company that develops biological reagents and tools for diagnostics and drug discovery. 

Industry: Biotechnology

Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

3. Steve Hare is the CEO of the enterprise software company Sage.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

2. Claudio Gienal is the CEO of the insurance company AXA UK.

Industry: Insurance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

1. Duncan Llewlyn Rendall is the founder and CEO of the property management company Rendall and Rittner.

Industry: Computer Sofware

Leadership score during COVID-19: 94%

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The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees