Tim Cook has been named CNN’s best CEO of 2014. He bested the leaders of BlackBerry, Microsoft, and General Motors for the honor.
CNN cites the “latest iPhones and Apple Pay service as well as excitement about the Apple Watch due out in 2015” as reasons for the choice.
Cook has arguably the toughest CEO job in America. He’s had to convince skeptics that Apple can still innovate after the death of Steve Jobs. He’s proven all the naysayers wrong.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen is No. 2 on the list.
Called “the comeback kid,” Chen is praised for stopping the bleeding at the Canadian tech giant. “He’s focused more on software and is not trying to win smartphone market share from fickle consumers at all costs.”
At No. 3 is Satya Nadella, who became Microsoft’s CEO in February.
Nadella is praised for Microsoft’s cloud and mobile strategy, but criticized for his “tone deaf comment about women.”
Earlier this year, the CEO said that it would be “good karma” for women not to fight for raises and instead trust the system.
Rounding out CNN’s top 10 are:
- GM CEO Mary Barra
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
- T-Mobile CEO John Legere
- HP CEO Meg Whitman
- Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith
- Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen
- L Brands CEO Les Wexner
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