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The CEO Echo | June 2022 Rankings | Categories: Communication, Social, Responsibility & Investor Excellence

Perri Robinson

Jul 7, 2022

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 2022 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:

  1. Total CEO Digital Footprint
  2. CEO Communication Excellence
  3. CEO Social Excellence
  4. CEO Responsibility Excellence
  5. CEO Investor Excellence


June 2022 CEO Echo rankings

Total Digital Footprint

Communication Excellence

Social Excellence

Responsibility Excellence

Investor Excellence

Source Information

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June 2022 CEO Echo rankings

18% less CEO mentions

Last month, the .companion CEO metrics bot found 18% less CEO mentions than the average of the previous months. Overall, 44% of mentions captured by the CEO Echo were generated by editorial online content, while social media generated 56%. In June, CEO Echo content saw engagement drop by 54%. 34% 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 66% 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 18% CEO Echo coverage

What role does a CEO play in a company's overall corporate messaging, whether voluntary or involuntary? The CEO Digital Footprint aims to answer this question.

In June, Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, received the highest amount of media coverage. His share of voice totaled 17.8%, the largest footprint of all top board members. In second place was Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair Holdings, with 12.0%, and Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen, took the third spot with 3.7% share of all mentions. 88% of conversations around Arnault’s echo were not related to company financials and thus were above average for agenda-driving topics and content. 6% of the LVMH CEO's echo came from editorial media and 94% from social media. Content that mentioned Arnault generated 8 interactions (clicks, shares, likes) per mention. This shows that audiences are engaged and made Arnault the 147th most engaged CEO in the ranking. In total, mentions for Bernard Arnault were significantly more positive than negative. We can assume this had a corresponding impact on his overall reputation.

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Communication Excellence

DHL’s CEO, Frank Appel, 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).

Frank Appel, CEO of DHL, was ranked first in June. Outside of the paywall, 62% of his digital echo discussed the CEO in stories beyond financial figures. Stories generated 51343 engagements per mention, signifying readers are highly interested. Furthermore, coverage was more positive than negative. As a result, the response to DHL’s CEO received 46.6 points. Sheikh Waleed Khamis Al Hashar, CEO of Bank Muscat came in second place with a score of 2.2, and Abdullah Nasser Al Bader, CEO of Almarai, took third place with a Communication Excellence score of 2.2 points.

June  Communication Excellence Frank Appel

Social Excellence
Abdullah Nasser Al Bader, Almarai’s CEO, wins first place

These days, 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, Abdullah Nasser Al Bader, CEO of Almarai, topped the ranking with a Social Excellence score of 3.0 points. 100% of the conversation came from social media and his engagement was somewhat indifferent with 3 interactions per mention. Moreover, the sentiment of his mentions was 100% positive, meaning Bader was ahead of runners-up Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dangote Group, with 2.4 points, and Philip Jansen, CEO of BT Group, who placed third with 2.3 points.

Social Excellence, Abdullah Nasser Al Bader,

Responsibility Excellence

Frank Appel, CEO of DHL, has the highest number of mentions surrounding social responsibility

The .companion metrics bot also determines whether CEOs appear in the digital media 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 sustainability-related topics.

In June, Frank Appel, CEO of DHL, saluted us from first place in the responsibility ranking, with 32% of DHL CEO's mentions related to social responsibility topics. His engagement rate was 98016 which can be considered highly engaged. The tonality of media conversations was significantly more positive than negative. Overall, Appel’s Responsibility Index came to 28.4 points. Sheikh Waleed Khamis Al Hashar, CEO of Bank Muscat, followed in second place with 1.8 points, and Hana Al Rostamani, CEO of First Abu Dhabi Bank, in third place with 1.7 points.

Responsibility Excellenc, Frank Appel, CEO of DH

Investor Excellence

Rice Powell, CEO of Fresenius Medical Care, 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 June, the .companion metrics bot identified Fresenius Medical Care's CEO, Rice Powell, as the top communicator for investors after he achieved 7.2 points. 90% of his mentions were related to the financial environment, which is 1.9 times this month's average. His readership was highly interested, indicated by an engagement rate of 954.0, and he experienced more negative than positive comments. He is followed in second and third place by Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer, with 3.9 points, and Calvo Mawela, CEO of MulChoice Group (3.0 points).

Investor Excellence, Rice Powell, CEO of Fresenius Medical Care

Source Information

  • 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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