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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C
# 10 of the Best
Is Bob Diamond the best CEO name ever?
Barclays has named its new CEO – and what a name it is. Read on for our pick of the most epic CEO titles of all time…

IF THE PARENTS OF Bob Diamond were trying to balance out their son’s 80s-soap-opera surname by pairing it with the decidedly less dramatic “Bob”, they have failed.

You can’t hide quality.

Happily, the newly-appointed Barclay’s CEO is in good company; today he joins a proud line of Bosses With Epic Names.

Here are some of our favourites…

1. Padmasree Warrior

Yes, as in “Ms Warrior, pleased to meet you”.

Warrior is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Cisco Systems and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc.  She lives up to her name, too: Fortune Magazine called her “one of four rising stars” on its Most Powerful Women list, and The Economic Times ranked Warrior as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.

2. Stephen Best

Best is the CEO of FX Bridge Technologies, provider of FX and options trading platforms.

It’s all in the name: Best is Best.

3. Charles Goodyear

Staying on the positive-word-association vibe, global mining company BHP Biliton once had a CEO named Charles Goodyear. And it might have worked – under under his control, the company posted record half-year earnings in 2007.

4. Hugh M. Grant

Grant, Director of Tetra Tech, Inc., must have been pretty annoyed when some British upstart popped up and hogged his name.

The M in the middle doesn’t throw us off, Hugh.

5. Steve Jobs

Jobs! Jobs?

The Apple CEO’s name alone inspires wistful pangs in most Irish people today.

And as for his wallet…

6. Qingping Kong

Kong is CEO of China Overseas Land and Investment Financial Services – and with a first name that sounds awfully like “Kingpin” we don’t think that Kong could have ever been anything but a CEO.

7. Charles Coffin


General Electric’s first president kept the troops in order, no doubt.

8. Jeffrey Skilling

Skiling, the former president of Enron Corporation, has a name that conjures a sense of aptitude and expertise.

He had both, it would seem. Unfortunately, it turns out his skills were focused on how best to commit multiple felonies.

9. Tim Koogle

Koogle was president and CEO of Yahoo from 1995 to 2001.

…We can’t help but wonder if he was always suspiciously regarded as a spy for the one of the company’s competitors, though?

10. Larry C. Glasscock

(CEO of Wellpoint health benefits company.)

Glasscock: You there! Do you find my name funny?

Minion of Wellpoint: No, sir.

Glasscock: Excellent.