- The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2005


What’s in a name?

Plenty, if you’ve got big dreams of your child running a company someday. You might want to consider the names John, Robert and James. Or, in the case of girls, Linda, Patricia and Susan.

Those are the most common names for CEOs, according to Factiva SalesWorks, a business research information firm.

Of the 27,000 CEOs profiled by Factiva SalesWorks, 5.4 percent were called John, 4.6 percent are called Robert or Bob, and 4.1 percent go by James or Jim.

Tom (Thomas), Dick (Richard) and Harry account for 2.7 percent, 2.6 percent and 0.07 percent of American CEO names, respectively.

John, Robert and James also are the three most common names among the 168,000 presidents and managing directors profiled.

Linda, Elizabeth and Mary are the top three names for female chief financial officers.

So it just goes to show, any Tom, Dick or Harry can be head honcho.

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