UK’s Top 10 CEOs

A chief executive officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking executive in a company, whose primary responsibilities include making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of a company, acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors (the board) and corporate operations, as well as being the public face of the company. Read on to find out the UK’s Top 10 CEOs.

1.    Martin Sorrell

Martin Sorrell is the CEO of the worlds largest advertising and PR company, Wire and Plastic Products, otherwise known as, WPP plc. Contrary to the business model, WPP wasn’t always an advertising company. WPP was founded in 1971 and started by selling wire shopping baskets. In 1985, Sorrell bought a controlling stake and turned it into the advertising company we know today.  Sorrell is now worth £495 million after years of buying shares and investing in other advertising companies.

2.    Mahmud Kamani

Mahmud Kamani founded leading online retail store, in 2006. After several successful business ventures, he is now worth £1 billion. Kamani certainly had a rag to riches tale. He would sleep in his father’s van whilst helping him out with the family textiles business. With no qualifications and just experience of his father’s business, Kamani then went on to form his own business in

3.    Bob Dudley

Bob Dudley is the CEO of the company BP (British Petroleum). Renowned for how he handled the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up, he was later made CEO. Dudley’s net income is £14.7 million.

4.    Carolyn McCall

Carolyn McCall is the CEO of the British media company, ITV. McCall is the first female chief executive of ITV and was called one of the 100 most powerful women by BBC Radio 4. After growing up in India with British immigrant parents, McCall went on to gain a degree in history and politics and started out working for newspaper, The Guardian, as a researcher. McCall was also CEO of easyJet and quadrupled their shares in the 7 years she was there.

5.    Peter Long

Peter Long is CEO of travel and tourism company, TUI Group (Tourism Union International). Starting his career out as an accountant for electronics firm, Vernitron, Long worked his way up through the travel industry eventually landing the position of chief executive at TUI. His net revenue is £13.3 million.

6.    Emma Walmsley

Emma Walmsley is CEO to GlaxoSmithKline, a British multinational pharmaceutical company. Although she has only been CEO for 2 years, she has extensive business knowledge. Walmsley had various management and marketing roles whilst working for L’Oréal for 17 years. She is the first woman in the world to run a major pharmaceutical company and has started leading a project that is supposed to save more than £500 million by 2021. Her first year’s net income was £5.4 million.

7.    Warren East

Warren East is the CEO of 115-year-old car manufacturer, Rolls Royce Holdings. After spending years improving other companies with his expertise, East joined Rolls Royce as their new chief executive. He has a net income of £2,331,000.

8.    Tim Davie

Tim Davie has been the CEO of BBC Studios since 2018. He was a trainee at Proctor & Gamble and has since worked his way up in life. Davies is the highest paid BBC executive earning over £200,000 each year.

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Henry Birch is CEO of multi-brand online retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct. Birch took over as CEO in May 2018 after having previously been CEO of another company called, The Rank Group.

10.  Simon Segars

Simon Segars is CEO of ARM Holdings which is a British multinational semiconductor and software design company. Segars joined ARMS Holdings in 1991 as the 16th employee. He worked on and led the development of several projects, helping to expand the company to what it is today. In 2013 he was made CEO.