St. Louis, KC CEOs make Harvard list of world’s best

George Paz | Photo courtesy of NNBD
George Paz, CEO of Express Scripts | Photo courtesy of NNBD

The Harvard Business Review released its list of the top 100 CEOs, and four chief executives with state ties were among the best-performing in the world.

George Paz of Express Scripts came in at No. 64 on the list of 100. Monsanto’s Hugh Grant was listed at No. 66. Masayoshi Son of Softbank Corp. took the number 78 spot. Neal Patterson of North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. followed at No. 79.

The list was based on long-term performance including criteria such as shareholder return and a company’s environmental, social and governance performance. CEOs on the job for less than two years were excluded. For the first time, CEOs who joined a company prior to 1995 were evaluated.

About 40 percent of the CEOs hail from the consumer goods, health care and financial services industries. Only two percent of CEOs on the list are female.

Other CEOs with local ties on the list: Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, which has made major headlines this week with its deal with SABMiller; and Ajaypal Banga of Mastercard, which has its operations center in O’Fallon, Missouri, and is one of the area’s largest employers.

Lars Rebien Sørensen, CEO of Denmark’s Novo Nordisk, a health care company, was rated the best CEO.

Read more from the Kansas City Business Journal and St. Louis Business Journal

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