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Jope honoured for staff harmony

Unilever head Alan Jope has been singled out as the UK’s top FMCG Chief Executive by an awards poll that is based entirely on voluntary, anonymous feedback from employees.

Glassdoor’s annual Top 50 CEOs features a who’s who of leaders from diverse industries spanning FMCG, technology, investment banking, consulting and more.

Seven FMCG heads made this year’s list including Diageo’s Ivan Menezes (34), Mondelez International’s Dirk Van de Put (30), Procter & Gamble’s David Taylor (22), Nestlé’s Mark Schneider (17) and Pepsico’s Ramon Laguarta (10), pictured below.

Jope, however, clearly runs a happy ship with a 98 percent approval rating among staff.

“Ethical company with genuine leadership,” said one Liverpool based employee, adding: “Senior leadership really does care and is very open.”

Another staff member in Leeds wrote: “Great company to work for. Right values…a real industry leader.”

“Purpose is truly at the heart of this company – in the values, the brands. A collaborative, collegiate culture,” said another.

Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive, said: “Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, adapted to change, redefined visions and led with transparency while putting the health and safety of employees first.”

In March 2020, Jope was one of the first multinational bosses to react to the pandemic, ordering the company’s 60,000 office workers in all countries, bar China, to work from home  until further notice. Little did anyone know at the time but those workers would never return to their desks full-time again.

Having successfully steered his workforce through the pressures of remote work, Jope is now convinced standard work practices are a thing of the past. “We anticipate never going back to five days a week in the office, that seems very old-fashioned now,” said the man who is currently crafting a “hybrid model” that consists of people working between homes and offices. Jope also gave the green light to a four-day working week trial with New Zealand based staff to explore a better work-life balance and improve mental and physical wellbeing,

The ten Top CEOs in 2021 in the UK are:

  1. BlackRock’s Larry Fink
  2. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella
  3. Softcat’s Graeme Watt
  4. LEGO Group’s Niels Christiansen
  5. British Heart Foundation’s Dr Charmaine Griffiths
  6. UBS’ Ralph Hamers
  7. Roche’s Severin Schwan
  8. Unilever’s Alan Jope
  9. Airbus’ Guillaume Faury
  10. PepsiCo’s Ramon LaGuarta
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