According to a Connected Leadership report from Brunswick Group, CEOs from the U.S. and the U.K. in the S&P 500 and FTSE 350 are the most “connected” through their social media profiles.
The firm analyzed factors like activity, engagement and verification of the CEOs’ Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram profiles. It also looked at their presence on corporate websites and Wikipedia. According to the report, the data was collected from April 3 to April 15 this year.
“Our research found that these top Connected Leaders represent nearly every industry, implying that benefits exist for a range of stakeholders,” the report said. “Surprisingly, younger CEOs were no more likely to top the rankings than older CEOs.”
However, only about 48 percent of the CEOs analyzed actually had a social media presence and only one in four have posted anything in the last year.
Brunswick Group also surveyed about 4,000 employees and about 800 financial publication readers in the U.S. and the U.K., asking if they expected CEOs to be on social media and what they wanted executives to talk about.
It found that 65 percent of American employees and 73 percent of U.K. employees believe it is important for CEOs to communicate on social media, while 78 percent of American financial publication readers and 81 percent of U.K. financial publication readers believe the same.
“This isn’t surprising given the degree to which they rely on social media to stay informed,” the report said. “In fact, four out of five employees believe their CEO is already using social media as part of their work, notwithstanding our research demonstrating that the majority of CEOs are not.”
The survey also looked at how potential employees check a CEO’s social media account before joining a company, how important leadership is for employee retention, how CEOs are using each of the four social media platforms and which industries have the most CEOs connecting online.
Here are the top 10 “most connected” CEOs, according to the Connected Leadership index, and their social media profiles:
1. Doug McMillon, Walmart
2. Brent Saunders, Allergan
3. Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo
4. Adena Friedman, Nasdaq
5. Dan Schulman, PayPal
6. Hans Vestberg, Verizon Communications
7. Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell
8. Mary Barra, General Motors
9. Lynn Good, Duke Energy
10. Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines