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GLASSDOOR JUST NAMED THE TOP 100 CEOS (AND THE RESULTS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU)

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Glassdoor just announced the results of its 2017 Employees’ Choice Awards for the highest-rated CEOs leading companies with 1,000 or more employees in North America and parts of Europe. The results are based on the anonymous feedback of employees who complete a company review of their CEO’s leadership.

While some of the CEOs are household names (everyone’s heard of Elon Musk, No. 8, and Mark Zuckerberg, No. 10), many of the CEOs are relatively unknown to the general public. Regardless, each has earned a spot on the Glassdoor list.

Here, then, are the top-100 CEOs for 2017. Is yours on the list?

1. The Clorox Company
Benno Dorer​

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

2. World Wide Technology
Jim Kavanaugh

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

3. Boston Scientific
Michael F. Mahoney

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

4. Memorial Sloan Kettering
Craig B. Thompson

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

5. Fast Enterprises
Martin Rankin

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

6. Nvidia
Jen-Hsun Huang

CEO Approval Rating: 99%

7. Bain & Company
Bob Bechek

CEO Approval Rating: 98%

8. SpaceX
Elon Musk

CEO Approval Rating: 98%

9. HubSpot
Brian Halligan

CEO Approval Rating: 98%

10. Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg

CEO Approval Rating: 98%

11. Paylocity
Steve Beauchamp

CEO Approval Rating: 98%

12. McKinsey & Company
Dominic Barton

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

13. Intuit
Brad Smith

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

14. Power Home Remodeling
Corey Schiller & Asher Raphael

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

15. Salesforce
Marc Benioff

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

16. H E B
Charles C. Butt

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

17. Google
Sundar Pichai

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

18. United Airlines
Oscar Munoz

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

19. Adobe
Shantanu Narayen

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

20. T-Mobile
John Legere

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

21. Enterprise Holdings
Pamela M. (Pam) Nicholson

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

22. NBCUniversal
Stephen B. Burke

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

23. CDW
Thomas E. Richards

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

24. SAP
Bill McDermott

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

25. Morrison Healthcare
Tim Pierce

CEO Approval Rating: 96%

26. Bloomberg L.P.
Michael R. Bloomberg

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

27. Nestlé Purina
Joseph R. Sivewright

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

28. QuikTrip
Chet Cadieux III

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

29. Microsoft
Satya Nadella

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

30. Johnson & Johnson
Alex Gorsky

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

31. Juniper Networks
Rami Rahim

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

32. Yardi Systems
Anant Yardi

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

33. Capital One
Richard D. Fairbank

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

34. Cheesecake Factory
David Overton

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

35. LinkedIn
Jeff Weiner

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

36. In-N-Out Burger
Lynsi Snyder

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

37. Chick-fil-A
Dan T. Cathy

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

38. Square
Jack Dorse
y
CEO Approval Rating: 94%

39. Expedia
Dara Khosrowshahi

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

40. Deloitte
Cathy Engelbert

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

41. Republic Services
Donald W. (Don) Slager

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

42. Slalom Consulting
Brad Jackson

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

43. Accenture
Pierre Nanterme

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

44. Ryan LLC
G. Brint Ryan

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

45. Sephora
Calvin McDonald

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

46. Paychex
Martin Mucci

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

47. Travelers
Alan D. Schnitzer

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

48. Zillow
Spencer Rascoff

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

49. Hilton
Christopher Nassetta

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

50. Monsanto Company
Hugh Grant

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

51. Texas Instruments
Rich Templeton

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

52. Nike
Mark G. Parker

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

53. Apple
Tim Cook

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

54. Kronos Incorporated
Aron J. Ain

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

55. Delta Air Lines
Ed Bastian

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

56. CBRE
Robert E. Sulentic

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

57. Stryker
Kevin A. Lobo

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

58. Ikea
Peter Agnefjall

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

59. Fannie Mae
Tim Mayopoulos

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

60. John Deere
Samuel Allen

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

61. Topgolf
Ken May

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

62. AbbVie
Richard A. Gonzalez

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

63. TD
Bharat Masrani

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

64. Bayada Home Health Care
J. Mark Baiada

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

65. General Motors
Mary Barra

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

66. Booz Allen Hamilton
Horacio D. Rozanski

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

67. Northwell Health
Michael J. Dowling

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

68. Kaiser Permanente
Bernard J. Tyson

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

69. Discover
David W. Nelms

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

70. EY
Mark Weinberger

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

71. BASF Corporation
Wayne T. Smith

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

72. Sport Clips
Gordon B. Logan

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

73. Fidelity Investments
Abby Johnson

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

74. Goldman Sachs
Lloyd C. Blankfein

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

75. Prudential
John R. Strangfeld

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

76. Procter & Gamble
David S. Taylor

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

77. Best Buy
Hubert Joly

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

78. Raytheon
Thomas A. Kennedy

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

79. Cardinal Health
George S. Barrett

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

80. Greystar
Bob Faith

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

81. Northern Trust
Rick Waddell

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

82. BlackRock
Laurence D. Fink

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

83. VMware
Pat Gelsinger

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

84. JetBlue
Robin Hayes

CEO Approval Rating: 90%

85. J.P. Morgan
Jamie Dimon

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

86. REI
Jerry Stritzke

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

87. eBay
Devin Wenig

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

88. Costco Wholesale
Craig Jelinek

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

89. Northrop Grumman
Wesley G. Bush

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

90. Northwestern Mutual
John E. Schlifske

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

91. Rockwell Collins
Kelly Ortberg

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

92. Cox Communications
Pat Esser

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

93. Progressive Insurance
Tricia Griffith

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

94. Gartner
Gene Hall

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

95. SAIC
Anthony Moraco

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

96. Southwest Airlines
Gary C. Kelly

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

97. UniFirst
Ronald D. Croatti

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

98. Nordstrom
Blake W. Nordstrom

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

99. Lockheed Martin
Marillyn Hewson

CEO Approval Rating: 89%

100. Stitch Fix
Katrina Lake
CEO Approval Rating: 89%

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Samsung CEO embarrassed by the Galaxy Fold fiasco, he “pushed it through before it was ready”

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is perpetually coming soon. The Korean company issues a new press release or has an exec do an interview every few weeks reiterating in vague language that the launch is still on, and it will happen sooner rather than later. But time keeps passing and the Fold is still nowhere to be seen in stores.

Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh has now told The Independent that he admits he “missed something on the foldable phone”, but the company is in the process of recovery. At the moment more than 2,000 prototypes are being extensively tested so that no new issues will arise.

DJ Koh, Samsung Electronics co-CEO

DJ Koh, Samsung Electronics co-CEO

Koh earnestly confesses that “it was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready”. He didn’t go into more detail – like whether Huawei announcing the Mate X had anything to do with the rushing of the Fold to the market, but we can of course infer that. Then again, seeing what happened to the Fold, Huawei has also decided to push back the release of the Mate X by around three months, which should be coming in September.

Koh is adamant that the Galaxy Fold hasn’t been canceled and will indeed launch… at some point. He didn’t reveal a specific release date, only saying it will be out “in due course.” “Give us a bit more time,” he continued. “The last couple of weeks I think we defined all of the issues and all of the problems we couldn’t find [before sending to reviewers].”

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_ceo_embarrassed_by_the_galaxy_fold_fiasco_admits_he_pushed_it_through_before_it_was_ready-news-37880.php

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Russian Gamer Brothers Are the Newest Hidden Billionaires

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Russian-born Igor and Dmitry Bukhman are seeking growth to challenge Tencent and Activision.

Almost two decades ago, in a remote Russian city best known for its butter and linen, two brothers shared a bedroom and a Pentium 100-powered computer they used to code their first game.

Wall Street wants a piece of what they’ve built since.

Playrix has met with some of the biggest banks “and visited their skyscrapers,” said Dmitry Bukhman, 34, citing meetings with dealmakers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp. For now, though, “we are focused on growing the business.”

He and Igor Bukhman, 37, are the brains behind Playrix Holding Ltd., the creator of popular games similar to Candy Crush, including Fishdom and Gardenscapes, with more than 30 million daily users from China to the U.S. and annual sales of $1.2 billion, according to Newzoo. That makes the company one of the top 10 iOS and Google Play app developers by revenue, data from researcher AppAnnie show, putting Playrix in the same league as Tencent Holdings Ltd., NetEase Inc. and Activision Blizzard Inc.

Playrix Mobile Gaming Founders Dmitri And Igor Bukhman
Igor, left, and Dmitri Bukhman in Tel Aviv.Photographer: Corinna Kern/Bloomberg

Today, each brother is worth about $1.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. They haven’t previously appeared in a global wealth ranking.

Their road to riches started in 2001 in the city of Vologda, almost 300 miles (483 kilometers) north of Moscow, where Igor learned from a university professor that he could sell software online. He decided to try with Dmitry, who was still in high school at the time.

“We had no experience, no business understanding whatsoever—everything we could imagine was writing games,” Igor said.

The U.S. is Playrix’s biggest market, followed by China and Japan, the brothers said in a recent interview in Tel Aviv, where they spend some of their time. The two remotely manage about 1,100 employees, including personnel at its Ireland headquarters and developers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

“For $3 billion we won’t sell”

The brothers’ first product was a game akin to Xonix in which players must use a cursor to open pieces of a hidden picture before being struck by flying balls. They wrote it during a summer break and generated $60 in the first month and later $100 a month, about half of the average salary in Vologda.

“We thought, ‘If one game makes $100, we can write several dozen of them and make a lot of money,”’ Igor said.

Their second game, featuring an animated character designed by an outsourced artist, brought in $200 a month. Their copycat of Tetris brought in $700 a month, but the brothers shut that down after learning that the game was protected by a license. In 2004, when the business reached $10,000 of monthly revenue, they registered a legal entity, rented space for an office in the basement of a book warehouse and hired other staff to accelerate production.

In the early years, they sold casual games through sites such as majorgeeks.com or download.com, before moving to bigger platforms like Yahoo! and AOL. Then, within the past decade, games started moving first to Facebook and then smartphones. Many of them were available for free, with users paying only for certain in-game features.

Playrix makes most of its money from in-app purchases and the brothers mostly shun advertising, which detracts from the user experience. Ads generate less than 3 percent of revenue, Dmitry said.

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GardenscapesSource: Playrix

“It was a major challenge for us to switch to developing free-to-play games—that’s totally different DNA,” Dmitry said. “Free-to-play games aren’t games that you develop, release and move on to making another one. They are services that need to be supported constantly as users are waiting for regular updates.”

Playrix succeeded in this transition, achieving worldwide recognition over the past three years with Gardenscapes and its sequel, Homescapes, a new variety of match-3 puzzle in which a player completes rows of at least three elements to pass levels and progress through an animated storyline—in this case, helping a butler named Austin renovate a house with a garden.

“Austin engages in dialog with you, you help him to select ways to decorate the mansion, you dive into the history of this character and become related with him,” Dmitry said. “This genre variety we introduced—match-3 with meta game—became very successful, and other companies started copying us.”

“Playrix is certainly responsible for the first major innovation in the match-3 genre since King Digital Entertainment Plc seemingly had the market locked down with Candy Crush,” said Newzoo analyst Tom Wijman. “Playrix managed to add a layer of complexity and ‘meta game’ to the match-3 genre without driving away casual mobile players.”

The company employs several full-time script writers who work on Austin’s dialog, and it’s always improving the games, Dmitry said.

“It’s like apps, like Spotify—people can use them for years,” he said. “More and more people are getting accustomed that it’s perfectly normal. Why not pay $5 to get pleasure from playing a game on a smartphone rather than watching videos or listening to music?”

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HomescapesSource: Playrix

While Playrix hasn’t introduced a new title since 2017, the company recently acquired several gaming studios to expand into new genres, Igor said, declining to disclose which studios until it releases games developed by them later this year.

Successful titles attract whales. Activision Blizzard acquired King Digital in 2015 for $5.9 billion, and a year later Tencent led investors in an  $8.6 billion deal to acquire a majority stake in “Clash of Clans” maker Supercell Oy.

Could Playrix be next? In February, the Information reported that it could be sold for $3 billion, citing Chinese firms iDreamSky Technology Holdings and FunPlus Game Co. as potential suitors.

The brothers dismissed the report.

“For $3 billion we won’t sell,” Dmitry said with a smile, while acknowledging that Playrix had been discussing strategic options as recently as last year, noting its meetings with Wall Street banks.

Their goal, for now, is to become a “top-tier gaming company,” that rivals Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts in the West, and NetEase Inc. and Tencent in China, Igor said.

“We want to grow as big as they are, using developer talent from our region—the former USSR and Eastern Europe,” he said.

There’s no magic number that would compel the Bukhmans to sell the company, because they say money is secondary to doing what they love.

“Some may think that when you have a lot of money, everything becomes different and more interesting, you start doing different things,” Dmitry said. “But no. We just keep working.”

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Boeing working on software update to boost safety, says CEO

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Boeing’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dennis Muilenburg said  the aircraft manufacturer is taking actions to ensure the safety of its 737 Max jets in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 people.

In an open letter addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community, Muilenburg said Boeing will soon release a software update and offer related pilot training for the 737 Max to “address concerns” that arose in the aftermath of October’s Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189.The planes’ new flight-control software is suspected of playing a role in the crashes.

Muilenburg said Boeing representatives are supporting investigation into the cause of last week’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 that killed 157.The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s and larger Max 9s as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes in less than five months.

The letter reads: “We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day.

“Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes—safely.

“The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us all, uniting people and nations in shared grief for all those in mourning.

“Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board.

“On safety measures, he said: “Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone.

“This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire global aerospace industry and communities.

“We’re united with our airline customers, international regulators and government authorities in our efforts to support the most recent investigation, understand the facts of what happened and help prevent future tragedies.

“Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, we’re taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX. We also understand and regret the challenges for our customers and the flying public caused by the fleet’s grounding.

“Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

“Our team is on-site with investigators to support the investigation and provide technical expertise. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it’s appropriate to release additional details.

“Boeing has been in the business of aviation safety for more than 100 years and we’ll continue providing the best products, training and support to our global airline customers and pilots.

“This is an ongoing and relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer. Soon we’ll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident.

“We’ve been working in full cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on all issues relating to both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines accidents since the Lion Air accident occurred in October last year.

“Our entire team is devoted to the quality and safety of the aircraft we design, produce and support. I’ve dedicated my entire career to Boeing, working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing people and customers for more than three decades, and I personally share their deep sense of commitment.

“Recently, I spent time with our team members at our 737 production facility in Renton, Wash., and once again saw first-hand the pride our people feel in their work and the pain we’re all experiencing in light of these tragedies.

“The importance of our work demands the utmost integrity and excellence—that’s what I see in our team, and we’ll never rest in pursuit of it.

“Our mission is to connect people and nations, protect freedom, explore our world and the vastness of space, and inspire the next generation of aerospace dreamers and doers—and we’ll fulfill that mission only by upholding and living our values. That’s what safety means to us.

“Together, we’ll keep working to earn and keep the trust people have placed in Boeing.”

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