What makes a great tech company CEO? They must have leadership qualities and vision, of course. Then, there's the ability to pump up employees' spirits—whether during a major presentation in an auditorium, a small gathering in a conference room or an impromptu exchange in the hallway—so they feel compelled to give their very best every day. In addition, they should be eager to engage employees at their level, going beyond business issues to get to know them as individuals. The following leaders exemplify these qualities, which is why they're listed as the top 10 tech company CEOs, as ranked by Glassdoor. The list was compiled from a larger "Employees' Choice Awards" selection of the "Highest Rated CEOs in 2016." CEOs were selected based on a ratings formula that takes into account the quantity and consistency of company reviews from employees posted on the site, with each included company required to have at least 100 employee reviews and no less than 100 CEO approval ratings from staffers. These CEOs "stand out for having gained the support and approval of their workforce—no easy task for any leader," said Robert Hohman, CEO and co-founder of Glassdoor. In addition to the list of CEOs and their Glassdoor approval rating, we're including selected employee comments about the CEOs and/or overall company leadership. (Some employee remarks were lightly edited in the interest of clarity and conciseness.)
The majority of IT decision-makers fear that their company may be losing ground to competitors in launching a digital transformation, according to a recent survey from Progress. The accompanying report, "Are Businesses Really Digitally Transforming, or Living in Digital Denial?" indicates that relatively few organizations are fully immersed in digital strategy programs. However, they realize that these programs serve a vital purpose in improving customer experiences, expanding market reach and uncovering new revenue streams. To create a more effective digital customer experience, they must overcome barriers such as a lack of centralized strategy and governance, cultural resistance and even an overreliance on the IT team to deliver customer-focused strategies. "It's easy for an organization to overlook the need for change, but the data is clear—businesses must move toward a digital strategy that will benefit the customer experience and engagement, improve efficiency and increase organizational excellence—or inevitably become a distant memory," according to the report. "With many thought leaders hesitating, digital transformation presents a wide-open field to any business looking to advance. The question is: Who will succeed in not only adopting the right technology solutions, but also in leading the organizational shifts necessary to succeed?'' More than 700 digital decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Loudhouse.