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.

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"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)

Prior Editions of Who Runs Silicon Valley

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&P 500
  • CEO leadership & the latest statistics on tenure, gender and founder status
  • Public company trends, with a focus on industry sector changes

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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?

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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?

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