Dankner tops list of best executives

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries No. 1 company six years in a row

By SHARON WROBEL
April 15, 2010 02:46
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IDB Holding Corp. chairman Nochi Dankner has been named the country’s most respected executive by Business Data Israel Coface for the second consecutive year.

“Dankner’s successful management during the global crisis was the main reason for the high ranking in all categories,” the business information firm’s economists said in their report.

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Bank Leumi president and CEO Galia Maor was ranked No. 2, up from No. 4 last year. Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries president and CEO Shlomo Yanai repeated at No 3. Industrialist Eli Hurvitz, who last month stepped down as Teva’s chairman after 25 years, dropped to No. 4 from No. 2. Strauss Group chairwoman Ofra Strauss maintained her No. 5 ranking.

Rounding out the top 10, Real-estate tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva, who was No. 1 in 2007, was No. 6, up from No. 18 last year. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank president and CEO Eli Yones was No. 7, up from No. 12. Cellcom Israel president and CEO Amos Shapira was No. 8, down from No. 6. First International Bank of Israel president and CEO Smadar Barber Tzadik was No. 9, up from No. 13. New Hamashbir Lazarchan CEO Rami Shavit was No. 10.

BDI Coface has been compiling annual rankings for six years. They are based on a sample survey of 500 leading company managers who are asked about leadership, innovation, products and services, and financial and marketing excellence, among other topics.

Eurocom Group chairman Shaul Elovitch made the biggest jump in the rankings, to No. 13 from No. 40, following his acquisition of the controlling interest in Bezeq Telecommunication Corp.
Gazit-Globe chairman Haim Katzman was No. 29, up from No. 48.

Rami Levi Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing CEO Rami Levi was No. 20, up from No. 33.



Seven women made the top 50, one fewer than last year, after Golf & Co. CEO Ilana Kaufman dropped out of the list. Three of the seven women – Maor, Strauss, and Barber Tzadik – made the top 10, followed by Intel Israel CEO Maxine Fassberg, No. 24; Bank Hapoalim controlling sharehodler Shari Arison, No. 27; Shikun & Binui chairwoman Ravit Barniv, No. 47; and Apax Partners Israel manager Zehavit Yosef, No. 50.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries topped BDI Coface’s list of best regarded companies for the sixth year in a row. It was followed by Partner Communications, No. 2; Strauss Group, No. 3; and Cellcom Israel, No. 4.

Bank Leumi was No. 5, up from No. 10, thanks to strong financial results in 2009, the report said. Intel Israel was No. 6, up from No. 11. Bezeq Telecommunication Corp. (No. 7) and Elbit Systems (No. 8) moved into the top 10 this year.


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