Elon Musk Chosen by MarketWatch as 2013 CEO of the Year – Beats Out CEOs of Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Elon Musk is CEO of the Year 2013 According to MarketWatch

Elon Musk is CEO of the Year 2013 According to MarketWatch

MarketWatch, a financial information website, has selected Elon Musk as the recipient of its 2013 CEO of the Year award.

Musk Beat Out Some Heavy Competition to Win CEO of the Year

Musk Beat Out Some Heavy Competition to Win CEO of the Year

Musk beat out some stiff competition to grab the title, including Reed Hastings of Netflix, Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

For Musk, this is one more accolade to add to his now-overstocked shelf.

MarketWatch says selecting Musk as the recipient was easy as Tesla’s CEO dominated the competition:

“Musk has faced down the Tesla TSLA +0.76% short sellers; paid off — years ahead of schedule — a big Energy Department loan; and staked a claim to the CEO-as-innovator-in-chief role most closely associated with the late Steve Jobs, with whom Musk draws frequent comparisons.”

“For these reasons and more, Musk is the MarketWatch CEO of the Year for 2013, joining the ranks of previous MarketWatch CEO of the Year winners, including Ford’s Alan Mulally, Disney’s Robert Iger and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, as well as Apple’s Jobs, who in 2010 was named CEO of the Decade.”

“Beyond stock performance and even public persona, Musk, 42, who first came to prominence with the success of PayPal, dominated this year’s field with his uncommon blend of energy, innovation and relentless drive.”

More than 12,000 readers cast votes for MarketWatch CEO of the Year.  Those votes, combined with some input from MarketWatch editors, landed Musk the top spot.

Source: MarketWatch

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5 responses to "Elon Musk Chosen by MarketWatch as 2013 CEO of the Year – Beats Out CEOs of Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn"

  1. CherylG says:

    You would think a CEO of the year would have a higher maturity level than does Musk. His snarky tweet to George Clooney was very immature.

    Can you imagine the CEO of any other business responding in such a childish way to a disgruntled customer? But Musk does has a reputation for attacking customers who complain about his products.

    I would hope that CEOs were more professional and more mature.

  2. Anon says:

    Musk has a reputation of defending his products from liars like Top Gear in the UK, and the NY Times reporter who clearly wrote a smear-piece, and not a factual product review.

    The reality is, you’re the one being immature concerning Mr. Musk / Tesla Motors.. The question is why….

    1. CherylG says:

      So George Clooney is a liar? People unhappy with their Telsa products deserve to be attacked by the CEO ? That’s a very interesting perspective you have.

      I would respectfully disagree with that perspective. History has repeatedly shown that blind allegiance to a leader is not wise.

      1. Anon says:

        As a paid troll, you need to do a much better job of twisting my words against me. 🙂

        As you well know, correcting your warped misrepresentation of Mr. Musks reputation is not the same as calling Mr. Clooney a liar– study your logical fallacies, please. 🙂 In fact, I believe it’s even a bit presumptive of you to make snap judgements on the issue so early (and in an unrelated article), without all the facts at hand. 🙂

        Try to better cooridinate your smear campaign, next time. Thanks. 😀

        1. CherylG says:

          A CEO who attacks his customers, including George Clooney, is not my idea of a CEO of the year.

          I’m sorry that my standards are different than yours.