As critical figureheads, Chief Executive Officers play a key role in how corporations are perceived by the public, and so it's vital that organizations keep their fingers on the pulse of CEO-focused media.
In collaboration with .companion, a data consultancy and KPI expert, Meltwater presents the 2023 CEO Echo; a monthly media intelligence analysis of CEOs heading up some of the world's largest brands. The ranking leverages Meltwater's media intelligence capabilities and automated analysis by the .companion bot to offer readers highlights and benchmarks across the following areas:
- Total CEO Digital Footprint
- CEO Communication Excellence
- CEO Social Excellence
- CEO Responsibility Excellence
- CEO Investor Excellence
July 2023 CEO Echo rankings
CEO Echo for June 2023: 33% less CEO mentions
Last month, the .companion CEO metrics bot found 33% less CEO mentions than the average of the previous months. Overall, 76% of mentions captured by the CEO Echo were generated by editorial online content, while social media generated 24%. In July, CEO Echo content saw engagement drop by 77%.
47% of all CEO mentions were related to financial news, meaning they simply referred to company figures that are often required to be disclosed by law. In contrast, the context of 53% of mentions was linked to corporate agendas. Overall, the tonality of mentions was equally positive and negative.
Total Digital Footprint
Bernard Arnault, LVMH CEO, dominates with 5% CEO Echo coverage
What role does a CEO play in a company's overall corporate messaging, whether voluntary or involuntary? The CEO Footprint aims to answer this question.
In June, Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, received the highest amount of media coverage. His share of voice totalled 4.7%, the largest footprint of all top board members. In second place was Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, with 4.5%, and Ola Källenius , CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group, took the third spot with 3.8% share of all mentions. 70% of conversations around Arnault’s echo were not related to company financials, and thus were above average for agenda-driving topics and content. 56% of the LVMH CEO's echo came from editorial media and 44% from social media. Content that mentioned Arnault generated 6 interactions (clicks, shares, likes) per mention. This shows that audiences are highly engaged and made Arnault the 54th most engaged CEO in the ranking. In total, mentions for Bernard Arnault were positive significantly more often than negative. We can assume this had a corresponding impact on his overall reputation.
Salmar's CEO, Gustav Witzøe, takes the number 1 spot
Two common goals widely shared by media teams are communicating key messages and building a favorable reputation, both of which rely heavily on editorial mentions. The Communication Excellence ranking analyses and aggregates media volume (removing financial report listings).
Gustav Witzøe, CEO of Salmar, was ranked first in July. Outside of the paywall, 50% of his digital echo discussed the CEO in stories beyond financial figures. Stories generated 34 engagements per mention, signifying readers are highly interested. Furthermore, coverage was significantly more positive than negative. As a result, the response to Salmar’s CEO received 3.6 points. Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault came in second place with a score of 2.6 and Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE, took third place with a Communication Excellence score of 1.9 points.
Carsten Knobel, Henkel’s CEO, wins first place
Simply having a social media profile is not enough. If you want to have an impact on opinion leaders outside of editorial offices or on consumers and digital elites who are not easily accessible through the mass media, you have to be mentioned frequently on social media. The Social Excellence Index answers whether a company's attempts at this have been successful.
Last month, Carsten Knobel, CEO of Henkel, topped the ranking with a Social Excellence score of 2.5 points. 36% of the conversation came from social media and his engagement was somewhat indifferent with 10 interactions per mention. Moreover, the sentiments of his mentions were 78% positive, meaning Knobel was ahead of runners-up Jean Paul Agon, CEO of L'Oreal, with 2.2 points and Charles Woodburn , CEO of BAE Systems, who placed third with 2.1 points.
Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens, has the highest number of mentions surrounding social responsibility
The .companion metrics bot also determines whether CEOs appear in the digital media echo as leaders in the context of the UN's sustainable development goals, e.g. in the context of social responsibility or climate and environmental protection. Our Responsibility Index shows how well this has been achieved. For this index, the metrics bot only analyses mentions related to this topic.
In June, Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens, saluted us from first place in the responsibility ranking, with 26% of Siemens CEO's mentions related to social responsibility topics. His engagement rate was 22 which can be considered highly engaged. The tonality of media conversations was significantly more positive than negative. Overall, Busch’s Responsibility Index came to 3.4 points. Daniel Obajtek, CEO of PKN Orlen, followed in second place with 2.8 points, and Evan Greenberg, CEO of Chubb, in third place with 2.7 points.
Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO of Schibsted, takes the number 1 spot for the financial echo
CEO mentions in the context of balance sheet figures offer little scope for setting content-related agendas but are crucial for building investor confidence. In this environment, the metrics bot determines which CEOs were mentioned from a financial standpoint, forming an index for investor communication.
In July, the .companion metrics bot identified Schibsted's CEO, Kristin Skogen Lund, as the top communicator for investors after he achieved 26.2 points. 67% of his mentions were related to the financial environment, which is 11.6 times this month's average. His readership was highly interested, indicated by an engagement rate of 397, and he experienced significantly more negative than positive comments. He is followed in second and third place by Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor, with 6.4 points and R Mupita, CEO of MTN Group (3.0 points).
- Media conversations were tracked and analyzed globally with the help of the market-leading monitoring tool, Meltwater
- All content is in German and/or English and publicly accessible across websites, forums, and social media
- The text and content of the CEO Echo are generated automatically by the .companion metrics bot
- All Excellence index values are based on three criteria:
1. How often the respective CEO is mentioned in a certain context
2. How many of those mentions were positive
3. How many engagements did those posts and articles received
- While it is necessary to have an above-average share of mentions in the respective category it's still possible to score high on a certain index despite one of the sub-criteria receiving results that are somewhat sub-par
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Previous 2023 CEO Echo results
- January 2023 Rankings
- February 2023 Rankings
- March 2023 Rankings
- April 2023 Rankings
- May 2023 Rankings
- June 2023 Rankings
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