Israel's most admired company: Teva

The survey was based on the opinions of 500 managers and CEOs who judged companies on criteria such as innovation, financial success and product quality.

Teva 88 224 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Teva 88 224
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. was ranked the most admired company in Israel for the fourth consecutive year and Yitzhak Tshuva, owner of the Delek Group, was named the country's top chief executive in a poll released Tuesday by Business Data Israel (BDI). The survey was based on the opinions of 500 managers and CEOs who were asked to judge companies on criteria such as effective and quality leadership, innovation, financial success and performance of its products and services. Partner Communications was ranked No. 2. Africa Israel, controlled by Lev Leviev, moved up five spots from last year's poll to finish third. A new entry in the top 10 was Checkpoint Software, which jumped from No. 13 to No. 8. The IDB Group moved down in the ranking from No. 10 to No. 13, but its chief executive, Nochi Dankner, came in second place in the top managers list. Exhibiting one of the most impressive moves was Blue Square, which climbed 38 spots from No. 70 to No. 32, in spite of the price war and fierce competition among local food chains, BDI said. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. was the only state-owned company in the top 50. It jumped from No. 75 last year to No. 36 in this year's list. HP moved up from No. 95 to No. 46. In addition to Tshuva, who was credited with the success of Delek's international expansion, other CEOs who received high marks were Dankner, Teva's Eli Hurvitz and Leviev. A newcomer to the top 50 list was Arkadi Gaydamak of Ocif, who was ranked No. 41. Four women executives made the top 50 list, and two of them were in the top 10 - Bank Leumi's Galia Maor and Ofra Strauss of the Strauss Group.