Following eight straight weeks of profiling top-notch CEOs, the time has officially come for you and other members of The Motley Fool community to decide who is the best CEO in 2012.
The methodology behind the voting is simple. Similar to an NCAA-style basketball bracket, the eight CEOs will be pitted into four match-ups that the community will have one week to vote on. Next week we'll release the results of the previous week's voting, and the remaining four CEOs will again be bracketed for voting. Voting will continue over the next couple of weeks until we have a winner, which will be unveiled at the beginning of December.
As you can see, the ball really is in your court and you do have a say in who merits the coveted title of The Motley Fool's chosen CEO of the year. Below the voting bracket I've included a quick synopsis of the match-up; however, I encourage you to revisit the nomination article for a more complete explanation of why that particular CEO was nominated for this award.
The delivery guys: Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM ) vs. Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF )
This last match-up pits against each other two companies that delivered amazing results in the face of weak growth environments. On one side we have the Whole Foods co-CEO duo of John Mackey and Walter Robb, who have fended off rising food costs and delivered strong margins, all while taking good care of their employees and the community. In the other corner is Lions Gate's Jon Feltheimer, who helped negotiate the purchase of the Twilight franchise and brought the No. 3 highest-grossing movie to box office this year, The Hunger Games. Which one delivered the more impressive 2012 is up to you to decide.
Check back for results
Be sure to check out the other CEO match-ups at the links below, and check back next week when we unveil the results and highlight a new round of voting to whittle the field down even further.
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