Best CEOs 2019

The winners of Comparably’s 3rdAnnual Best CEOs Awards received the highest ratings by employees who provided anonymous feedback about their chief executive officers on within the past year. The award winners are segmented into two ranked lists: Top 50 CEOs of Large companies (more than 500 employees) and Top 50 CEOs of Small/Mid-Size companies (less than 500 employees). To view previous Best CEOs lists, click here.

1. Mark Faggiano, TaxJar (Woburn, MA)

2. Sam Malouf, Malouf (Logan, UT)

3. Robert Sadow, Scoop Technologies (San Francisco, CA)

4. Brandon Rodman, Weave HQ (Lehi, UT)

5. Steve Carlson, ForwardLine Financial (Woodland Hills, CA)

6. Alexander Austin, Branch Metrics (Redwood City, CA)

7. Mike Hansen, Alkami Technology (Plano, TX)

8. Jason Purcell, Salsify (Boston, MA)

9. Peter McKay, Snyk (Boston, MA)

10. Douglas Winter, Seismic (San Diego, CA)

11. David Cancel, Drift, (Boston, MA)

12. Kyle Porter, SalesLoft (Atlanta, GA)

13. Karl Mehta, EdCast (Mountain View, CA)

14. Vineet Jain, Egnyte (Mountain View, CA)

15. Sandy Gibson, Better Place Forests (San Francisco, CA)

16. Michael Rowell, Assurance (Bellevue, WA)

17. Howard Brown, RingDNA (Sherman Oaks, CA)

18. Brady Brim-DeForest, Theorem (Encino, CA)

19. Chris Hulls, Life360 (San Francisco, CA)

20. Greg Besner, CultureIQ (New York City, NY)

21. John Wise, InvestCloud (West Hollywood, CA)

22. Dustin Moskovitz, Asana (San Francisco, CA)

23. Didier Elzinga, Culture Amp (San Francisco, CA)

24. Ryan Malone, SmartBug Media (Newport Beach, CA)

25. Daniel Chait, Greenhouse Software (New York City, NY)

26. Gleb Polyakov, Nylas (San Francisco, CA)

27. Mitch Thrower, (La Jolla, CA)

28. Erik Huberman, Hawke Media (Los Angeles, CA)

29. David Johnson, Vervent (San Diego, CA)

30. Giuseppe Incitti, Sitetracker (Palo Alto, CA)

31. Alex Goode, GoSite (San Diego, CA)

32. Flint Brenton, CollabNet (Alpharetta, GA)

33. Kyle Sherman, Flowhub (Denver, CO)

34. Brian Hartnack, Archer Education (Los Angeles, CA)

35. Dave Evans, Fictiv (San Francisco, CA)

36. Amir Movafaghi, Mixpanel (San Francisco, CA)

37. Elizabeth Cholawsky, HG Insights (Santa Barbara, CA)

38. Joel Hyatt, Globality (Menlo Park, CA)

39. Daniel Yanisse, Checkr (San Francisco, CA)

40. Katherine Power, Who What Wear (Los Angeles, CA)

41. Stephane Donze, AODocs (Atlanta, GA)

42. John Benson, Verisys Corporation (South Jordan, UT)

43. Bob Young, Lulu Press (Morrisville, NC)

44. Simon Anderson, Mission (El Segundo, CA)

45. Ashvin Kumar, Tophatter (San Francisco, CA)

46. Joanna McFarland, HopSkipDrive (Los Angeles, CA)

47. John Crum, Seaman Corporation (Wooster, OH)

48. Lidia Yan, Next Trucking (El Segundo, CA)

49. Gil Elbaz, Factual (Los Angeles, CA)

50. Reid Lappin, Vokal (Chicago, IL)


  • Comparably Awards are derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their employers on betweenNovember 19, 2018 and November 19, 2019. There were no fees or costs associated with participating, nor was nomination required.
  • To qualify, Large companies (more than 500 employees) must have a minimum of 75 employee participants and Small/Mid-Size companies (fewer than 500 employees) must have a minimum of 25 employee participants.
  • Winners were determined based on CEO ratings. The answer to each question was given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size across the U.S. Additional weight was given to scores at companies with more participation from their employee base.
  • The final data set was compiled from nearly 10 million ratings across 50,000 U.S. companies on Contact Comparably for employee commentary, images, company descriptions, or to interview specific winners.

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