Top Private CEOs

Featured Executive:

Gerald Storch

Mr. Storch is ExecRank's Top Private Company CEO for 2012. Under his leadership, Toys“R”Us has strengthened its international position as the leading authority on toy and baby products. His work in introducing the Toys”R”Us Express store concept has allowed the company to capitalize on previously inaccessible markets. He is highly regarded amongst other Chief Executive Officers, and we are happy to include him at the top of our list for 2012.

Gerald L. Storch joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in February 2006 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for leveraging the strength of the Toys“R”Us brand and positioning the global franchise for growth over the long term.

Mr. Storch has successfully led efforts to integrate the company’s toy and baby businesses, an initiative that has included the creation, development and execution of the Side-by-Side store concept, which combines Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us under one roof. He has also overseen the continued growth of the e-commerce business and, in 2009, added to the company’s portfolio of online brands with the acquisitions of, KB Toys, and That same year, he led the company in obtaining the exclusive right to own and operate the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and its website,

Mr. Storch has led the company in its strategic focus to provide customers with a differentiated product assortment working with branded manufacturers and by building upon its own exclusive brands business. He has also made international growth a key part of the company’s overall business strategy, acquiring a majority stake in its previously licensed business in Southeast Asia and Greater China and opening its first store in Poland in 2011.

A retail veteran with more than 22 years of experience, Mr. Storch is an industry leader and respected advocate for children’s safety. He has called for the harmonization of product safety standards around the world and internally established the Toys“R”Us Global Product Safety Policy Committee and Product Safety Response Team with responsibility for staying ahead of emerging product safety issues and responding to them with urgency. In addition, he has mandated strict, industry-leading product safety standards for all products sold in “R”Us stores worldwide.

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There are over 100,000 Private Company CEOs in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top Private Company CEO Rankings” for 2012. The number one area of focus for Top Private CEOs in 2012 has been their ability to spread their company’s reputation for leadership and innovation in their industry. ExecRank also weighed heavily the recommendations provided by CFOs of our finalists. In addition, we saw a significant uptick in the number of CEOs that served on boards of directors and displayed a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries. The CEOs that made this list represent the best of the best in executive leadership.

CEOs were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary CEO Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the CEO Ranking Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance. Feedback from award winners includes:

Arthur Minson, CFO, AOL“This accolade from ExecRank is a reflection of all of the hard work my five thousand teammates have put in at AOL and I am honored to accept it on their behalf.”

Rob Lloyd, EVP & CFO, Gamestop“I am honored to be included with the outstanding leaders in my field in the ExecRank CFO rankings…”

Jeffery P. Howells, CFO, Tech Data Corporation“It’s an honor to be recognized (by ExecRank) and to be among this distinguished list of financial leaders…”

David B. Wyshner, SEVP & CFO, Avis Budget Group, Inc.“I am honored to be included in ExecRank’s listing of top CFOs, particularly because I consider this to be a testament to the capabilities and accomplishments of Avis Budget Group’s outstanding finance team around the world.”

Michael Short, CFO, AutoNation“I am grateful for the recognition by ExecRank but realize that it is actually an acknowledgement of the stellar work done by the finance staff at AutoNation…”

Daniel Knutson, CFO, Land O’Lakes“It is an honor to be among this distinguished group of financial leaders on ExecRank. It is really a reflection of the expertise and dedication of the entire team at Land O’Lakes.”

Cheryl Beebe, EVP & CFO, Ingredion Incorporated“I am delighted to be included in ExecRank’s 2012 Top CFOs. It is an honor to be among this distinguished group of CFOs.”

Shaun Mara, CFO, Dean Foods“The Dean Foods team has done a tremendous job turning around the business and maximizing shareholder value. It is an honor to be recognized (by ExecRank) as part of this great team.”

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3. Robert Kraft, The Kraft Group 4. Eric Foss, ARAMARK Corporation
5. Charles Butt, HE Butt Grocery 6. Edward Rust, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
7. John Legere, T-Mobile 8. Kevin Kennedy, Avaya Inc.
9. Trudy Rautio, Carlson 10. Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Motors
11. Jim Lee, Stater Brothers Markets 12. Stewart Resnick, Roll Global LLC
13. Albert Lord, Honeywell Specialty Materials 14. Amr ElSawy, Noblis, Inc.
15. Charles Janac, Arteris Inc. 16. Chris Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide
17. Ronald Erickson, Holiday Companies 18. Roland Toups, Turner Industries Group
19. William Winkenwerder, Highmark Inc. 20. James Goodnight, SAS
21. Donald Hall, Hallmark Cards, Incorporated 22. Ray Hunt, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
23. Herb Kaplan, Warren Equities 24. Hal Yoh, Day & Zimmermann
25. Marc Graham, AAMCO 26. Keith Krach, DocuSign Inc.
27. Joe Fantuzzi, Agiliance Inc. 28. Greg Page, Cargill
29. John Perry, Bluefin Payment Systems 30. Charles Harrington, Parsons Corporation
31. Bob Wiederhold, Couchbase 32. Rod Wendt, JELD-WEN Inc
33. William Gisel, Rich Products 34. David Walls, Austin Industries
35. Bill Sansom, HT Hackney 36. Thai Lee, SHI International
37. Ronald Fagen, Fagen 38. Ralph Boe, Beaulieu of America Group
39. Wayne Smith, CHS 40. John Nardone, [x+1], Inc.
41. Amar Bose, Bose Corporation 42. Deborah Dunsire, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
43. Gerry Lopez, AMC Entertainment Inc. 44. Marc Leder, Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
45. Herbert-Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson & Son 46. Doug Woods, DPR Construction
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49. Jim Garrett, Snap Finger 50. Len Rodman, Black & Veatch Corporation
51. Ted Lapres, Nypro 52. Rodger Krouse, Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
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57. Pete Selleck, Michelin North America, Inc. 58. Kent McClelland, Shamrock Foods
59. Franck Riboud, DANONE 60. Hank Mullany, The ServiceMaster Company
61. Peter Liguori, Tribune Company 62. Frank Bennack, The Hearst Corporation
63. Joseph Boardman, Amtrak 64. Adnan Mjalli, TransTech Pharma, Inc
65. Brad Garlinghouse, YouSendIt Inc. 66. Laura Yecies, SugarSync
67. John Menard, Menards, Inc. 68. Carl Leibert, 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide
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73. Maureen Chiquet, Chanel, Inc. 74. Mary Lee Schneider, Follett
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87. Andrew SEKEL, OptumHealth 88. Michael Mansfield, Mansfield Oil
89. David Phelps, CreoSalus 90. David Swift, Goodman Global, Inc.
91. James Fielding, Claire’s Stores 92. David Long, Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc.
93. James Wiggins, Pittsburgh Glass Works 94. Stuart Thorn, Southwire
95. David West, Del Monte Foods Company 96. Cesare Mainardi, Booz & Company
97. Lyle Heidemann, True Value Company 98. Richard Nichols, Goss International
99. John Fahey, National Geographic Society 100. Daniel Doctoroff, Bloomberg L.P
101. Jim Perdue, Perdue Incorporated 102. William Kelly, Blue Tee
103. Ronald Edgarton, iWatt Inc. 104. Donald D’Amour, Big Y Foods
105. Anthony Soave, Soave Enterprises 106. Michael Schutzler, Livemocha
107. TASSO ROUMELIOTIS, Location Labs 108. Ludovic Collin, EachScape
109. Dilip Vellodi, Sutherland Global Services 110. Ken Dart, Dart Container Corporation
111. Bob Brockman, Reynolds and Reynolds 112. David Van Vliet, Angelica Corporation
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117. Eric Reimer, CareCentrix 118. Frank Ingari , NaviNet
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121. Stan Sheetz, Sheetz 122. Joe Petrowski, Gulf Oil LP
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125. Francisco Collazo, COLSA Corporation 126. Wayne Townsend, ClickSquared
127. Dan Finnigan, Jobvite 128. Marten Hoekstra, Emerging Global Advisors LLC
129. Alistair Goodman, Placecast 130. Jim Hagale, Bass Pro Shops
131. Miles Young, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc. 132. Scott Schnuck, Schnuck Markets
133. Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Americas, Inc 134. Larry McWilliams, Keystone Foods
135. Ken Roessler, BWAY Corporation 136. Linda Parker-Hudson, BAE System Inc
137. Fred McNabb, The Vanguard Group, Inc. 138. Wes Lucas, SIRVA, Inc.
139. Pat Esser, Cox Communications, Inc. 140. David Cote, Honeywell Specialty Materials
141. Izzy Schwab, D&H Distributing 142. John Drzik, Oliver Wyman
143. Marty Beard, LiveOps, Inc. 144. Bryce Williams, Extend Health Inc.
145. Tom Wiggans, Dermira 146. Stephan Vermut, Prosper Marketplace Inc.
147. James Dicke , Crown Equipment 148. Jim Turley, Ernst & Young LLP
149. John Johnson, David Weekley Homes 150. Jim Donald, Extended Stay Hotels
151. Rockwell Wirtz, Wirtz 152. Michael Bozzuto, Bozzuto’s
153. Jim Dixon, CompuCom Systems, Inc. 154. Stanley Hubbard, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
155. Bob Eckel, MorphoTrust USA 156. Steve Halverson, The Haskell Company
157. Michael Graff, Air Liquide USA 158. Mainardo de Nardis, OMD Worldwide
159. David Flynn, Aerohive Networks Inc. 160. David Chun, Equilar Inc.
161. Robert Piccinini, Save Mart Supermarkets 162. Mike Adams, Georgia-Pacific
163. Terri Kelly, WL Gore & Associates 164. Christopher Policinski, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
165. Richard Saker, Saker ShopRites, Inc. 166. Patrick Thomas, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
167. Albert Boscov, Boscov’s Department Store, LLC 168. John Fry, Fry’s Electronics
169. JoAnn Martin, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. 170. Andrew Rosen, Kaplan, Inc.
171. John Hamilton, Electro-Motive Diesel 172. Jerome Cataldo, Hostmark Hospitality Group
173. Sharon Rowlands, Altegrity, Inc. 174. Tim Andrews, Advertising Specialty Institute, Inc.
175. David Cory, Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. 176. Andrew Toy, Enterproid
177. Chip Roame, Tiburon Strategic Advisors 178. Jeffrey-John Dailey, Farmers Insurance Group, Inc.
179. Tom Pike, Quintiles Transnational Corp. 180. Charles Merinoff, Charmer Sunbelt Group
181. Carla Cooper, Daymon Worldwide Inc. 182. Franco Bianchi, Haworth
183. Ginger Barnes, United Space Alliance, LLC 184. Deanna M. Mulligan, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
185. Mike Boswood, TRUVEN Health Analytics 186. Eileen McDonnell, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
187. Isaac Larian, MGA Entertainment 188. Steven Boal,
189. Charlie Nooney, MobiTV, Inc. 190. Jim Taggart, ECS Refining LLC
191. Kyeongho Lee, GCT Semiconductor Inc. 192. Bonnie Anderson, Veracyte, Inc.
193. Murthy Nukala, Adchemy 194. Todd Fitzwater, Demand Solutions Group LLC
195. Bob Tinker, MobileIron 196. Ravi Jain, CBIO, Inc.
197. Sam Gilliland, Sabre Holdings Corporation 198. Ted Mathas, New York Life Insurance Company
199. Jason Luo, Key Safety Systems 200. Alfred Teo, Sigma Plastics Group
201. Roger Crandall, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company 202. David Peterson, O.C.Tanner
203. Carrie Jones-Barber, Dawn Foods 204. John Kaneb, HP Hood
205. Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc. 206. Steven Knopik, Beall’s Department Stores
207. Joseph Nettemeyer, Valin Corp. 208. Chris McCleary, XOS digital
209. Chris Dury, GetJar Networks 210. Kathy Johnson, Home Care Assistance Inc.
211. Wendy Lea, Get Satisfaction 212. Robert Levin, TransCLICK
213. Hung Nguyen, LogiGear Corp. 214. Maurice Brewster, Mosaic Global Transportation
215. Bryan Perez, AEG Digital Media 216. Wally Smith, Billeo Inc.
217. Thomas Harman, Balsam Brands 218. Knud Stubkjær, SSA Marine
219. John Suh,, Inc. 220. Pat Meyer, Pella Corporation
221. Joe DiPinto, 7-Eleven, Inc. 222. Tom Rowe, State Compensation Insurance Fund
223. Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co 224. Hank Meijer, Meijer, Inc.
225. Steven Rasmussen, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company 226. David Holl, Mary Kay Inc.
227. David Green, Hobby Lobby Stores 228. David Jones, Stanadyne Corporation
229. Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee 230. Mike Re, Swinerton Incorporated
231. Scott Lang, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. 232. Ronald Stanton, Transammonia
233. Ronald Foster, Foster Farms 234. Jullio Portalatin, Mercer LLC
235. Carlos Sepulveda, Interstate Battery System International 236. Brad Anderson, Fremont Bank
237. Karen Francis, AcademixDirect 238. Michael Mullany, Sencha
239. Rick Orr, Adynxx, Inc. 240. Joop Drechsel, BCD Travel
241. Drew Levine, G4S Americas 242. Paul Michaels, Mars, Incorporated
243. Bruce Grewcock, Kiewit Corporation 244. Adam Warby, Avanade, Inc.
245. James Kotek, Menasha Corporation 246. John Tracy, Dot Foods
247. Chester Cadieux, QuikTrip Corporation 248. Martin Burbridge, Crescent Electric Supply
249. S. Craig Linder, Great American Financial Resources, Inc 250. Walt Wojciechowski, MicroBilt
251. Jerry Crouse, Tenaska Energy 252. Robert De Neve, E Systems Technology Inc
253. Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design 254. Omar Tawakol, BlueKai
255. Phil Kent, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 256. Chuck Dawson, Harland Clarke Holdings Corp.
257. Pat Wood, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc. 258. John Schlifske, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.
259. Kathleen Mazzarella, Graybar Electric Company, Inc. 260. Chip Perry, AutoTrader Group
261. Mark Laport, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company 262. David Kenny, The Weather Channel
263. Kurt Miscinski, HPM Partners 264. Stuart Harvey, Ceridian
265. Tonn Ostergard, Crete Carrier 266. Sam Martin, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
267. Tim Belk, Belk, Inc. 268. Jeffrey Ansell, The Sun Products Corporation
269. Patrick McCann, Weston Solutions, Inc. 270. Michael Sicoli, Sidera Networks, Inc.
271. Mark Spenny, Citizens Equity First Credit Union 272. Kevin Adams, Isagenix International, LLC
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275. Paul Markovich, Blue Shield of California 276. Paul Harmel, Lifetouch
277. Lawrence Inserra, Inserra Supermarkets 278. Arthur Anton, Swagelok Company
279. Michael Brannick, Prometric Inc. 280. Carl Cook, Cook Group
281. John Rakolta, Walbridge Aldinger 282. Frank Pecoraro, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors
283. William Yates, Yates Construction Co 284. Ben Wolin, EverydayHealth
285. Robert Dethlefs, Evanta 286. Zubin Irani, cPrime Inc.
287. Brad Peters, Birst 288. Darren Feher, Conviva
289. Scott Grimes, Cardlytics 290. Greg Woock, Pinger
291. Michael Oiknine, Apsalar 292. Rick Cohen, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
293. Chris McCormick, LL Bean 294. John Thatcher, Wilbur-Ellis
295. Gary Fazio, Simmons Bedding Company 296. Ron Beal, Orgill
297. Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures 298. Gaurdie Banister, Aera Energy LLC
299. Robert Kump, Iberdrola USA 300. Michael DeKoning, Munich American Reassurance Company
301. Dennis Segers, Tabula Inc. 302. Keyvan Mohajer, SoundHound
303. Sam Shank, HotelTonight 304. Stan Vuckovich, KBM Workspace
305. Rich Langdale, DOmedia 306. Daniel O’Neill, First National of Nebraska
307. Chuck Sonsteby, Michaels Stores, Inc. 308. Brandon Barnholt, KeHE Distributors, LLC
309. J. Coley Clark, BancTec, Inc. 310. Ben Levitan, iMakeNews, Inc.
311. Rajeev Goel, PubMatic 312. Rodney Rogers, Virtustream, Inc.
313. Greg Pinsonneault, Litinomics Inc. 314. Chris Ilitch , Ilitch Holdings
315. Jim Hyatt, Church’s Chicken 316. Gary Dake, Stewart’s Shops
317. Kyle Krause, Kum & Go 318. Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
319. David Long, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY 320. Dolf van den Brink, Heineken USA
321. Bill Wise, MediaOcean 322. Chris Pinkham, Nimbula
323. Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture Industries 324. Robert Craycraft, Safety-Kleen Systems
325. John Speer, Ellucian, Inc. 326. Bill Miller, OptumInsight
327. Jeffrey Gordon, Syniverse Technologies, Inc. 328. Ken Davis, Burgess & Niple
329. Jeffrey Reigle, Regal Ware, Inc. 330. Bob Paul, Compuware
331. Larry Tiffany, DioGenix, Inc 332. Justin Moore, Axcient Inc.
333. Mike Thompson, Groupware Technology Inc. 334. Jim Yu, BrightEdge
335. Jerry Johnson, Brookshire Brothers 336. Mark Batenic, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
337. Robert Lynch, Vision Service Plan 338. Kamoru Lawal, Camac International
339. Tim Barton,, Inc. 340. Drew Houston, Dropbox
341. Andrew Cherng, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. 342. Noreen King, Evolve Manufacturing
343. Harvey Chaplin, Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. 344. Andy Goldberg, Publishers Clearing House LLC
345. Ron Manus , Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 346. Rick Sutherland, Clickaway Corporation
347. Russ Becker, API Group 348. Laura Sen, BJ’s Wholesale Club
349. Dick Borgman, Les Schwab Tire Centers 350. Gurdeep Chimni, Salesify Inc.
351. JR Ridinger, Market America 352. John Donham, TuneIn
353. Joe Woody, KCI (Kinetic Concepts, Inc.) 354. David Murray, Toppan Photomasks, Inc.
355. Harold MacDowell, TDIndustries Inc 356. Daniel Corredor, Southwest Water Company
357. Tim Vanderhook, Specific Media LLC 358. Mike Seiman, CPX Interactive
359. Are Traasdahl, Tapad 360. John Gilbert, Exel, Inc.
361. Rodney Faldyn, Academy Sports & Outdoors 362. Robert DiMartini, New Balance, Inc.
363. Jeffrey Post, CUNA Mutual Group 364. Greg Flack, Schwan Foods
365. Brian Quintana, SITEL Corporation 366. Chris Underwood, Young’s Market Company, LLC
367. Rob Jewell, Spruce Media Inc 368. Michael Rothman, SMS Assist
369. Do Won Chang, Forever 21 370. Matthew Dusig, uSamp
371. Gene Hoffman, Vindicia Inc. 372. Nathan Kievman, Linked Strategies
373. Michael Sha, SigFig 374. Ashley Chen, ActioNet, Inc.
375. James Tuton, American Traffic Solutions, Inc 376. Marco Marini, ClickMail Marketing Inc.
377. Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell, Inc. 378. Fumiki Kondo, Instinet LLC
379. Rutesh Shah, InfoStretch Corp. 380. Kevin Chou, Kabam
381. Barry Silbert, SecondMarket 382. Doug Nielsen, Hayneedle, Inc.
383. Rick Leaman, OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc. 384. Henry Shao, Movoto LLC
385. Dhiraj Sharma, Simplion Technologies Inc. 386. Jim Olson, Harman Management
387. Robert Estes, Estes Express Lines 388. Ali Suleman, TinyCo
389. Joe Reynolds, Red Frog Events 390. Mark Fodor, CrossView Inc
391. Prakash Sadasivam, Sigmaways 392. Adam D’Angelo, Quora
393. Kevin Pomplun, SkyGrid 394. Leah Busque,
395. Tim O’Shaughnessy, Living Social, INC. 396. Dean Le, SoloPoint Solutions Inc.
397. Mason Slaine, Interactive Data LLC 398. Carl Bolch , RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
399. William Yung, Columbia Sussex 400. Thomas Englert, Discount Tire