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Inditex CEO named best in the world

Pablo Isla, CEO of Inditex, has been named as the world’s best-performing CEO for the second year running. 

Isla came first in the Harvard Business Review’s annual global ranking of the 100 best-performing CEOs across all industries in 2017 and 2018. 

Measured on financial returns alone, Isla who has been running Inditex since 2005, would have come 29th in the rankings. However, due to a strong environmental, social and governance performance, he was awarded the top spot.

Editor in chief of Harvard Business Review, Adi Ignatius said: “In a business environment that often seems obsessed with today’s stock price and this quarter’s numbers, our ranking takes the long view.”

Other notable entries from the fashion retail industry were Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of French luxury group LVMH, who was ranked in third place, and Mark Parker, CEO of Nike, at number 14.

Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos has been the top performing leader based on financial performance alone since 2014, when the list was first published in its current form, but he was ranked 68th overall this year. 


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