These were last year’s Most Admired CEOs. Who will this year’s be?

Every year since 2007, the San Francisco Business Times has picked a selection of successful, influential, seasoned business leaders to be recognized as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs. The leaders chosen for this honor are selected after months of research and discussion between editors and reporters.

Another critical component, however, is the flood of nominations from readers and businesses. Each year, in addition to internal decision making, the Business Times solicits nominations from the business community for leaders that best represent it.

Executives chosen for this honor must meet some basic criteria to be considered, and must excel in multiple areas to be chosen.

All of the honored CEOs must be based in the Bay Area and have been at the helm of their company for at least three years. Additionally, they must not have been previously honored as a Most Admired CEO.

The editors look for executives who have a demonstrated track record of exceptional leadership, business performance and philanthropic contributions.

Last year’s honorees include Jeff Lawson of Twilio, Jeff Hoopes of Swinerton and Melanie Dulbecco of Torani.

Other past winners include Benno Dorer (Clorox), Jes Pedersen (Webcor), Tom Siebel (C3IoT), Chip Bergh (Levi Strauss & Co), Laura Alber (Williams-Sonoma), Joe Lacob (Golden State Warriors), Larry Baer (San Francisco Giants) and Bernard Tyson (Kaiser Permanente) among many other Bay Area fixtures.

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