THE Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 methodology and results

Each CEO’s education has been researched using executive biographies from sources such as company websites (current, previous or non-executive director companies), company press offices, current or previous company or third-party company-authorised press releases, university alumni announcements, university press offices, industry association websites, conference speaker biographies or news sources (eg, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters). Where company or university information is not available, news sources have, where possible, been verified with another source.

The placement of institutions has used the following hierarchy: the total number of degrees awarded to CEOs; the total number of CEO alumni; the total revenue of the alumni CEOs’ companies.

The methodology was as follows:

  • CEO(s) are as listed by Fortune in the Fortune Global 500 2013, published in Fortune’s 22 July 2013 issue.
  • Where joint CEOs for one company are listed, we have endeavoured to include both alma mater(s) where the information can be found, but revenue for the company is counted only once if the CEOs share an alma mater.
  • Where one CEO is listed for two companies, the institutions are counted only once, but the revenue for both companies is counted.
  • Where a CEO has two degrees from the same institution, the revenue is counted only once.
  • Where a CEO is working a notice period and the incoming CEO is known, the individual listed by Fortune has been used. Where a new CEO was in post at the time of publication, but his or her predecessor was named in the Fortune Global 500 2013, we have used the CEO listed by Fortune.
  • Executive education (eg, short-course management programme) or other courses (eg, higher nationals) that have not resulted in a degree are not included.
  • Where the degree-awarding institution has been subsumed into another institution or has changed name, the current name has been used.
  • Revenue has been calculated using US$ billion to one decimal point.
  • Management schools have been listed under the parent institution.
  • Where a CEO has dropped out of a degree, the institution has not been counted for that instance.
  • Where information has not been found, companies have been contacted directly, but not all have responded.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Featured Jobs

Head of Research Support Services UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
Learning Enhancement Manager UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

Universities to scale back liberal arts and social science courses

  • David Humphries illustration (24 September 2015)

A Russell Group tagline rap is further proof that we need to reform the academy’s approach, argues Philip Moriarty

  • World University Rankings

US continues to lose its grip as institutions in Europe up their game

  • World University Rankings 2015-2016 methodology

Change for the better: fuelled by more comprehensive data, the 2015-2016 rankings probe deeper than ever

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions