Eight Indian CEOs have made it to the list of 100 global chief executives, compiled by Harvard Business Review (HBR), with ITCs YC Deveshwar and late Subir Raha of ONGC finding a place in the top 20.
Deveshwar was first among the Indian CEOs featured in this list, and cornered the seventh place overall.
Under his leadership, ITC delivered industry-adjusted shareholder returns of 1,574 per cent and saw its value increase by $45 billion.
The other Indians on the list include late Subir Raha of ONGC, at 13th place, ahead of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani who was ranked 28th. Larsen & Toubros AM Naik was ranked 32nd, followed by BHELs AK Puri (38), Bharti Airtels Sunil Bharti Mittal (65), Jindal Steel and Powers Naveen Jindal (87) and Steel Authority of Indias VS Jain (89).
Meanwhile, the best-performing CEO over the past 17 years globally was Steve Jobs of Apple. From 1997 to 2011, Apples market value increased by $359 billion, and its shareholder return experienced average compound annual growth of 35 per cent.
That remarkable accomplishment is likely to go unbeaten for a long time, HBR said. Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com was at the second place.
Others in the top 10 include, Samsung Electronics Yun Jong-Yong (3rd), followed by Vales Roger Agnelli (4), Gilead Sciences John C Martin (5), Hyundai Motor Companys Chung Mong-Koo (6), ITCs Y C Deveshwar (7), Simon Property Groups David Simon (8), eBays Margaret C Whitman (9) and Cisco Systems John T Chambers. The highest-ranked woman on the list is Meg Whitman, currently the CEO of beleaguered HP, whose performance as the CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008 earned her the 9th spot.
The HBR 100 best performing CEOs in the world list, assessed the long-term performance of each CEO, from the first day on the job to the last and for chief executives still in office, until August 31, 2012.
* ITCs YC Deveshwar cornered the seventh place globally
* Late Subir Raha of ONGC at 13th place
* Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani at 28
* Larsen & Toubros AM Naik at 32nd slot
* BHELs AK Puri at 38
* Airtels Sunil Bharti Mittal at 65
* JSPLs Naveen Jindal at 87
* SAILs VS Jain at 89