CNBC Offers Top 5 Best and Worst CEO's of 2011

December 14, 2011 6:24 PM EST
CNBC made a list of the best and worst chief executive officers of 2011.

The results were based on a company’s stock performance, operational performance, strategic vision, and some other miscellaneous criterion such as time at the company, job creation, compensation, and analyst commentary.

“To be fair, there are probably some names who deserved to be on our list, and some on this list who readers think do not deserve to be on it. And this list reflects mostly what these executives and their companies have done this year,” said CNBC correspondent Brian Sullivan.

The list:
5. O’Reilly Automotive’s (Nasdaq: ORLY) Greg Henslee
4. Angel Martinez from Deckers Outdoors (Nasdaq: DECK)
3. VF Corp’s (NYSE: VFC) Eric Wiseman
2. Macy’s (NYSE: M) Terry Lundgren
1. Domino’s Pizza’s (NYSE: DPZ) CEO Patrick Doyle

The CNBC report placed Doyle at the top of the list due to his unusual marketing strategy and how well it’s working for the company. Domino’s stock price has outpaced its peers and more doubled from the beginning of 2011. The company’s sales and margins continue to increase on a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year basis. The company’s international sales are growing faster than domestic and Domino’s debt has been cut be $200 million since 2007.

“The solid results, shareholder gains and growth in one of the toughest retail markets makes Patrick Doyle my top CEO of 2011,” said Sullivan.

CNBC has also made a list of the top five terrible CEO's for the year:
5. Best Buy’s (NYSE: BBY) Brian Dunn
4. Kodak’s (NYSE: EK) Antonio Perez
3. Avon’s (NYSE: AVP) now former CEO Andrea Jung
2. Netflix’s (Nasdaq: NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings
1. Research in Motion’s (Nasdaq: RIMM) duo of Balsille and Lazaridis

Although the problems started years ago with these two, not until this year have impacts on the company and its stock price been seen. The two underestimated the impact of Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system. Shares of RIMM are trading down around 75 percent on the year.

MF Global’s Jon Corzine, Hewlett Packard’s (NYSE: HPQ) Leo Apotheker, and Yahoo!’s (Nasdaq: YHOO) Carol Bartz all received many votes in polls taken on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and by email.


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