Who Runs Silicon Valley

2017 C-SUITE EDITION

In our fourth annu­al review of lead­er­ship in the Sil­i­con Val­ley, the fun­da­men­tal shift in the land­scape of the Sil­i­con Val­ley 150 (SV150) is the rapid dis­ap­pear­ance of many estab­lished pub­lic com­pa­nies, with so few new Sil­i­con Val­ley IPOs tak­ing their place. Why have so many boards of direc­tors and CEOs opt­ed to sell in 2016 – 17? And what is hap­pen­ing to tech lead­er­ship in the face of all this M&A activity?

In this C-Suite edi­tion of our annu­al SV150 report, we dip into the ranks of the senior func­tion­al exec­u­tives run­ning the top pub­lic tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in the Sil­i­con Val­ley, to bet­ter under­stand the peo­ple in these impor­tant roles. One thing is clear: Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cers have more direct reports than ever and SV150 func­tion­al spe­cial­ists now out­num­ber the gen­er­al­ist heads of busi­ness units by more than 3 to 1.

"The fundamental shift in the landscape of he Silicon Valley 150 is the rapid disappearance of many established public companies, with so few new Silicon Valley IPOs taking their place."

We learned a lot about how the SV150 thinks about lead­er­ship from build­ing the dataset for this report. From our research, we cal­cu­late there is an aver­age of 11.5 lead­ers per SV150 com­pa­ny. While all com­pa­nies had CEOs and CFOs in place, there was con­sid­er­able vari­a­tion in what oth­er senior roles were des­ig­nat­ed. For exam­ple, we found Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cers at only 34% of SV150 com­pa­nies, and they were most like­ly to be found at the largest pub­lic com­pa­nies (42% worked at a Top 50 ranked com­pa­ny). Like­wise, Gen­er­al Managers/​Presidents of busi­ness units were most like­ly to be found at Top 50 ranked com­pa­nies (55% of them worked at a Top 50 ranked company).

Our research focus­es on the func­tion­al man­agers in the lead­er­ship team. The aver­age num­ber of func­tion­al man­agers report­ing direct­ly to the CEO has more than dou­bled since the 1980s, and three-quar­ters of the increase has been attrib­uted to func­tion­al man­agers. Our report pro­files the func­tion­al man­agers of the SV150 run­ning finance, engi­neer­ing, sales, mar­ket­ing and HR — all roles of increas­ing impor­tance in the man­age­ment team, and with ever-evolv­ing responsibilities.

Man­age­ment is doing things right; lead­er­ship is doing the right things.”

Peter Druck­er (19092005)

Other Editions

2016 CEO Pow­er Edition

This in-depth pro­file of the CEOs lead­ing the top 150 pub­lic com­pa­nies in tech­nol­o­gy in the Sil­i­con Val­ley focus­es on sources of cor­po­rate power.

High­lights of the report include:

  • CEO pow­er rank­ings, includ­ing a def­i­n­i­tion of the four dimen­sions of CEO power
  • CEO com­pen­sa­tion & vot­ing pow­er, with a com­par­i­son of Sil­i­con Val­ley to the S&500
  • CEO lead­er­ship & the lat­est sta­tis­tics on tenure, gen­der and founder status
  • Pub­lic com­pa­ny trends, with a focus on indus­try sec­tor changes

2015 Board of Direc­tors Edition

In this report we pro­file the CEOs run­ning the top pub­lic com­pa­nies in tech­nol­o­gy in the Bay Area.

In this report we answer the fol­low­ing ques­tions and more:

  • How many direc­tors seats are in the SV150 and how many peo­ple fill them?
  • What edu­ca­tion­al degrees do they hold and from what schools?
  • How many women occu­py board seats in the SV150, and what roles do they play?
  • What is the aver­age tenure of a SV150 board director?
  • How many over­lap­ping seats are there in the SV150?
  • How much com­pen­sa­tion do these direc­tors make?
  • How do SV150 boards vary by size and age of company?

2014 CEO Edition

This edi­tion of Who Runs Sil­i­con Val­ley” is an in-depth pro­file of the CEOs run­ning the top pub­lic com­pa­nies in tech­nol­o­gy in the Bay Area.

In this report we answer the fol­low­ing ques­tions and more:

  • What are the demo­graph­ics of Sil­i­con Val­ley pub­lic com­pa­ny CEOs?
  • What edu­ca­tion­al degrees do they hold and from what schools?
  • How much mon­ey do these CEOs make?
  • What is the aver­age tenure of a Sil­i­con Val­ley pub­lic com­pa­ny CEO?
  • How many of these CEOs are also Chair­man of the Board?