October 19, 2021

Grant Thornton and BKD Have Better CEOs Than the Ones At Big 4 Firms, According to Glassdoor

Here’s a quick recap of where public accounting firm CEOs were ranked in Glassdoor’s 100 top CEOs in 2021, based on anonymous employee reviews and feedback:

47. Brad Preber, Grant Thornton, 94% approval rating

61. Ted Dickman, BKD, 93% approval rating

67. Tim Ryan, PwC, 93% approval rating

99. Paul Knopp, KPMG, 90% approval rating

Preber became CEO of the Purple Rose of Chicago in November 2019. Dickman took over BKD in 2012 and retired last month. Ryan has led PwC since 2016. Knopp took over the House of Klynveld last July.

This is the first time Ryan, Preber, Dickman, and Knopp have made the top CEO list from Glassdoor. There was no ranking last year, presumably due to the pandemic.

And this is the first time in a long time that a CEO from Deloitte and EY didn’t make Glassdoor’s ranking. Ex-Deloitte CEO and current WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert was the highest-ranked Big 4 CEO in 2019, and Mark Weinberger made the list several times during his tenure as EY CEO.

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