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Infographic: Do You Have a Name for Upper Management?

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How many times have you been subjected to this scenario?

"Sorry, Skippy. You're just not management material."

"Thanks, Bubba. We'll keep your resume on file."

"Unfortunately, we won't be promoting in-house, Adolf."

If you answered "quite often, Mike," then you may not have a name for the upper brass. As it turns out, certain names frequently come up when compiling those of CEOs -- not just in the States, but around the world.

Getting all Malcom Gladwell on us, LinkedIn searched through 100 million of its users and cross-referenced their first names with their corresponding career histories. The result is an attractive infographic with some interesting results.


Going further, LinkedIn discovered an interesting trend. Monica Rogati explains:

[Over-indexed] CEO names tend to be either short or shortened versions of popular first names. Onomastics specialist Dr. Frank Nuessel suggests that shortened versions of given names are often used to denote a sense of friendliness and openness. Female CEOs, on the other hand, use their full name to project a more professional image.

Short, four-letter names are even more popular in sales (Chip, Trey) but not in engineering (Rajesh) or the restaurant industry, where the top over-represented names are Thierry, Philippe and Laurent. Monosyllabic CEO names are also not necessarily popular in all countries.


Shorter nicknames do seem to reflect some of our more famous male CEOs throughout history -- Microsoft's Bill, Apple's Steve, Amazon's Jeff, Google and Oracle's Larry, Chrysler's Lee, Disney's Walt, McDonald's Ray, IBM's Lou, Walmart's Sam. And some female CEO's opting for the full name: Kinetic Concept's Catherine, Western Union's Christina, Ann Taylor's Katherine, Hawaiian Electric's Constance, and Archer Daniels Midland Company's Patricia.

So if you're looking to live off the wealth of your unborn son, name him after your best friend from third grade. For daughters, go regal.
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