The 25 best CEOs of small and midsize companies, ranked by employees of color

Alessio Alionco standing in an office. There are other employees working in the background.
Alessio Alionco.

25. Ray Grainger, Mavenlink

Ray Grainger standing in an office
Ray Grainger.

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Diverse, inclusive, and fosters the development of deep, long-term relationships.”

24. Todd Olson, Pendo

Todd Olson standing in front of a brick wall.
Todd Olson.

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Transparent, diversity-minded, and modest with employees.”

23. Ziv Elul, Fyber

Ziv Elul wearing a Fyber shirt and a blazer in an office.
Ziv Elul.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Digital marketing platform

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Put together a diverse group of people who have Fyber’s main interest in hand.”

22. David Grace, Deem

Headshot of David Grace.
David Grace.

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: Mobile and cloud technology

Employee quote about the CEO: “Transparency and inclusion from both a knowledge as well as a people perspective.”

21. Eran Gilad, Fuel Cycle

Eran Gilad with his arms crossed and wearing a suit.
Eran Gilad.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Industry: Market research 

Employee quote about the CEO: “CEO is very inclusive in the big picture.” 

20. Joel Hyatt, Globality

Joel Hyatt wearing a blue dress shirt in the Globality office.
Joel Hyatt.

Location: Menlo Park, California

Industry: Software and technology services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Empathetic, loving, intelligent, and charismatic. They see talent like no one else does.”

19. Brady Brim-DeForest, Theorem

Headshot of Brady Brim-DeForest wearing a suit.
Brady Brim-DeForest.

Location: Encino, California

Industry: Information technology and services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Openness to feedback and awareness that they are not perfect, with a commitment to continuous improvement and radical candor.”

18. Gleb Polyakov, Nylas

Gleb Polyakov.
Gleb Polyakov.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Gleb puts a lot of weight into fostering and maintaining a culture of acceptance and diversity.”

17. Gene Berdichevsky, Sila Nanotechnologies

Gene Berdichevsky.
Gene Berdichevsky.

Location: Alameda, California

Industry: Electrical and electronic manufacturing

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Recognizes the value of all Silazens and takes care to ensure an inclusive culture.”

16. Wes Schroll, Fetch Rewards

Black and white photo of Wes Schroll.
Wes Schroll.

Location: Madison, Wisconsin 

Industry: Mobile rewards app

Employee quote about the CEO: “I like the goal of mindfully diversifying the leadership team. It’s important to be in a company that understands the need for representation.”

15. Jessica Mah, inDinero

Headshot of Jessica Mah standing outside. There are trees blurred in the background.
Jessica Mah.

Location: Walnut, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Modern and progressive in her thinking.”

14. Hunter Madeley, Vena Solutions

Hunter Madeley talking
Hunter Madeley.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: “CEO is inclusive and makes sure that every employee feels valued and appreciated. I have not worked for a company before where leadership genuinely cares about everyone!”

13. William J. Tessar, Civic Financial Services

William J. Tessar is wearing a suit and sitting on some stairs.
William J. Tessar.

Location: Redondo Beach, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “The CEO is transparent, honest, and is always looking to improve. We demonstrate diversity successfully and have the right people on the right seats.”

12. Ashvin Kumar, Tophatter

Ashvin Kumar
Ashvin Kumar.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: E-commerce

Employee quote about the CEO: “Real passion for building and supporting the global team. Each employee is cared for and treated like a member of the family.”

11. Alex Canter, Ordermark

Alex Canter talking into a microphone
Alex Canter.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Industry: Food tech

Employee quote about the CEO: “Transparency, authenticity, inclusiveness and accessibility.”

10. Brad Hoover, Grammarly

Brad Hoover with his arms crossed standing in front of the Grammarly logo on the wall behind him.
Brad Hoover.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Humble, focused, empathetic, high integrity.”

9. Larry Dunivan, Namely

Headshot of Larry Dunivan.
Larry Dunivan.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: HR software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Diversity in the workplace is promoted by the CEO! He and the other leaders are always striving to utilize each individual’s unique strengths.”

8. David Muse, Elemica

Headshot of David Muse wearing a suit
David Muse.

Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Industry: Information technology and services

Employee quote about the CEO: “The CEO is driving needed change.”

7. Alessio Alionco, Pipefy

Alessio Alionco standing in an office. There are other employees working in the background.
Alessio Alionco.

Location: California City, California

Industry: SaaS

Employee quote about the CEO: “Humanity, transparency, empathy, importance given to diversity.”

6. Ross Wainwright, Alida

Ross Wainwright wearing a suit.
Ross Wainwright.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Leads by example. Encourages diversity, equity and inclusion. Encourages personal well-being and healthy culture.”

5. Amir Movafaghi, Mixpanel

Amir Movafaghi wearing a blue sweater on a gray background.
Amir Movafaghi.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Data analytics

Employee quote about the CEO: “I love that he has set goals about diversity and inclusion and have really shown up to support women and other minorities in the workplace with career progressions.”

4. Steven Sugarman, The Change Company

Headshot of Steven Sugarman on a blue background.
Steven Sugarman.

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Accessible, hands on, consistent, and fair.”

3. Martijn Atell, VoteBash

Headshot of Martijn Atell.
Martijn Atell.

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Industry: Market research

Employee quote about the CEO: “What I like a lot about our CEO is that he is cooperative and open to questions and focused on diversity and respect.”

2. Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek, GoodRx

Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek.
Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek.

Location: Santa Monica, California

Industry: Pharmaceutical healthcare

Employee quote about the CEO: “They are inclusive and aimed at creating the best work environment possible while bringing out the best in each of us.”

1. John Berger, Sunnova Energy

Headshot of William J. (John) Berger on a white background.
William J. (John) Berger.

Location: Houston, Texas

Industry: Renewables and environment

Employee quote about the CEO: “I love the diversity and open mindedness John instills in the company.”

Here’s the full list for small and midsize companies:

Graphic of Comparably's list of the best CEOs for diversity at small and midsize companies

Method and data source

Comparably collects workplace ratings from employees at companies belonging to different industries and creates multiple rankings a year based on these anonymous ratings.

The annual ranking of the top-rated CEOs for diversity uses anonymous ratings from non-white employees over a 12-month period. Ratings were collected from June 23, 2020 to June 23, 2021.

In the small and midsize company list, or companies with less than 500 employees, there were only a few non-white male CEOs who made the top 25. Only two non-white CEOs made the top 10.

The full ranking of the best CEOs according to employees of color is available on Comparably. Employee quotes and industries were shared with Insider by Comparably. Some quotes have been edited for grammar.

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The 25 best CEOs of large companies, ranked by employees of color

Eric Yuan is talking before the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony
Zoom founder Eric Yuan speaks before the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony on April 18, 2019 in New York City.

25. Aman Bhutani, GoDaddy

Headshot of Aman Bhutani.
Aman Bhutani.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Industry: Website hosting platform

Employee quote about the CEO: “I love that he is attempting to be more accessible by hosting AMAs, rolling out Slido, listening to feedback, and being more diverse.”

24. Carl Russo, Calix

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Carl Russo.

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Telecommunications software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Warm, professional, flexible, inclusive and open.”

23. Tomer Weingarten, SentinelOne

Headshot of Tomer Weingarten
Tomer Weingarten.

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Cybersecurity

Employee quote about the CEO: “Transparent and inclusive in his communication, prioritizing company and employee growth.”

22. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP

Headshot of Carlos Rodriguez.
Carlos Rodriguez.

Location: Roseland, New Jersey

Industry: HR management software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Throughout this unprecedented year, Carlos and our leaders served as our north star managing with transparency, empathy, confidence and trust with employee well-being as their clear top priority.”

21. Mike Walsh, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

Headshot of Mike Walsh.
Mike Walsh.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Legal information and analytics

Employee quote about the CEO: “Besides the business, he has a strong vision on L&D.”

20. Leslie Stretch, Medallia

Leslie Stretch in a suit standing outside
Leslie Stretch.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: SaaS Platform

Employee quote about the CEO: “Our CEO is proactive and transparent about our position on important issues.”

19. Sumit Singh, Chewy

Headshot of Sumit Singh standing outside.
Sumit Singh.

Location: Dania, Florida

Industry: E-commerce

Employee quote about the CEO: “I believe he truly cares about diversity, inclusion, and building an excellent culture.”

18. Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier

Headshot of Kumsal Bayazit on a gray background.
Kumsal Bayazit.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Publishing

Employee quote about the CEO: “Kumsal is a super star leading the way in inclusion and diversity and how a global company can be sustainable and profitable.”

17. Bradley Jacobs, XPO Logistics

Headshot of Bradley Jacobs.
Bradley Jacobs.

Location: Greenwich, Connecticut

Industry: Freight brokerage

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Strives to be inclusive and always helping us build new skills and praising us for the ones we have.”

16. Andy Lee, Alorica

Headshot of Andy Lee on a blue background.
Andy Lee.

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Customer service

Employee quote about the CEO: “He is always ready to help. It is very human. He is the best leader I have ever had.”

15. Robert G. Painter, Trimble

Robert Painter on a gray background
Robert Painter.

Location: Sunnyvale, California

Industry: Software and hardware technology

Employee quote about the CEO: “Caring and compassionate. Progressive approach to allowing employees time to act upon diversity, equity and inclusion.”

14. Cesar Carvalho, Gympass

Headshot of Cesar Carvalho on a white background.
Cesar Carvalho.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Health and wellness

Employee quote about the CEO: “The Global CEO remains humble and mission-focused. He treats all with respect and values his employees.”

13. Bryce Maddock, TaskUs

Headshot of Bryce Maddock.
Bryce Maddock.

Location: Santa Monica, California

Industry: Customer service outsourcing

Employee quote about the CEO: “Empowerment, inclusivity, investment in people, and transparency.”

12. Sundar Pichai, Google

Headshot of Sundar Pichai.
Sundar Pichai.

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Internet cloud computing

Employee quote about the CEO: “Does the right thing for everyone, truly cares. Dedicated to inclusion, diversity, opportunity, and outreach to help communities.”

11. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Satya Nadella on a white background
Satya Nadella.

Location: Redmond, Washington

Industry: Computer software and consumer electronics

Employee quote about the CEO: “Satya Nadella is really inspiring. He has a good vision and the global strategy is excellent.”

10. Brian Halligan, HubSpot

Brian Halligan on a black background
Brian Halligan.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Industry: CRM software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Appreciate his efforts to keep attracting and retaining the best human talent, and to be a company with empathy and equality.”

9. Chris Caldwell, Concentrix

Chris Caldwell sitting in a chair and smiling
Chris Caldwell.

Location: Fremont, California

Industry: Customer service outsourcing

Employee quote about the CEO: “The concepts of diversity, inclusion, development, and opportunity are not just lip service.”

8. Henry Schuck, ZoomInfo

Zoominfo CEO Henry Schuck
Henry Schuck.

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Industry: SaaS

Employee quote about the CEO: “I appreciate his openness to discuss tough issues like diversity and growth.”

7. Kenneth Lin, Credit Karma

Headshot of Kenneth Lin on a white background
Kenneth Lin.

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: FinTech

Employee quote about the CEO: “It’s rare to see such an ethical and thoughtful CEO that ‘walks the talk’ the way he does.”

6. Arvind Krishna, IBM

Arvind Krishna with his arms crossed and wearing a blue suit
Arvind Krishna.

Location: Armonk, New York

Industry: Computer enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Embraces the culture of equality and inclusiveness in every internal process and policy.”

5. Rich Lesser, Boston Consulting Group

Headshot of Rich Lesser.
Rich Lesser.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 

Industry: Management consulting

Employee quote about the CEO: “Compassionate and cares about what really matters to individuals (e.g. social issues).”

4. Dan Rosensweig, Chegg

Dan Rosensweig on an orange background
Dan Rosensweig.

Location: Santa Clara, California

Industry: Online education and training services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Always evolving, making positive changes, driving company growth, providing amazing employee benefits.”

3. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

Headshot of Shantanu Narayen wearing a suit
Shantanu Narayen.

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: “So proud of Shantanu and the steps that he has taken not only after COVID-19, but also regarding the racial strife this year.”

2. Vladimir Shmunis, RingCentral

Vladimir Shmunis on a gray background
Vladimir Shmunis.

Location: Belmont, California

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Vlad is inclusive and caring about employees’ well-being.”

1. Eric Yuan, Zoom Video Communications

Headshot of Eric Yuan wearing a blue shirt
Eric Yuan.

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Video conferencing software

Employee quote about the CEO: “We have a diverse and approachable leadership team. Our CEO Eric is my hero, such an inspiring person. His focus on happiness — for customers and employees — is infectious and permeates the organization from the top down.”

Here is the full list for large companies:

Graphic of Comparably's list of the best CEOs for diversity at large companies

Method and data source

After publishing the best CEOs based on ratings from female employees, career site Comparably released its ranking of the best CEOs based solely on ratings from employees of color. Ratings were collected from the end of June 2020 to the end of June 2021.

Eric Yuan ranked at the top of the large company list, or those with over 500 employees. On Comparably, Yuan has an overall approval rating of 98 out of 100 and high ratings from non-white employees. 

The complete list of top CEOs for diversity is available on Comparably. Quotes and industry categories listed above were given to Insider by Comparably and have been edited for grammar.

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