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Local leaders make top 50 CEOs list

Three chief executive officers of Boston-area companies have made Glassdoor’s 50 Highest Rated CEOs list. Joe Tucci of EMC took the sixth spot on the list, making the CEO of the Hopkinton-based company the top local CEO on the list.

Joe Tucci of EMC Corp. File photo by David Paul Morris of Bloomberg.

Edward Johnson III of Boston-based Fidelity Investments took the 31st spot and Alan J. Herrick of Boston-based Sapient came in 35th.

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The list was compiled by Glassdoor, a jobs and career community.

The five highest rated CEOs for 2013 are: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (99 percent approval), SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe (99 percent approval), McKinsey & Company CEO Dominic Barton (97 percent approval), Ernst & Young CEO Jim Turley (96 percent approval), and Northwestern Mutual CEO John E. Schlifske (96 percent approval).

“While anyone can assume a position in leadership, not everyone garners their employees’ support for how they lead the company. The CEOs who are most successful in gaining employee approval are those who paint a clear vision of what the company is setting out to achieve and how it’s going to get there,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “To be recognized by your employees as a strong leader also comes as a result of having a solid company culture that helps employees foster the skills necessary to move business forward and meet the needs of customers.”

Seventeen CEOs on Glassdoor’s 2012 report also made this year’s report, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took top honors last year, but fell to the 18th spot this year as he saw his approval rating decrease four percentage points to a 93 percent approval.

Other CEOs that saw high approval ratings from employees two years in a row include Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein, and Nordstrom CEO Blake W. Nordstrom.

CEOs new to this list include Chick-fil-A CEO S. Truett Cathy ranking 26th with a 90 percent approval rating; Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney, the only woman on this year’s report, ranking 42nd with an 82 percent approval rating; and Dell CEO Michael S. Dell, who ranks 49th with an 81 percent approval rating.

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