List of Famous Chief Operating Officers

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List of famous chief operating officers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top chief operating officers in the world? This includes the most prominent chief operating officers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable chief operating officers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic chief operating officers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned chief operating officers.

Sheryl Sandberg and Tim Cook are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known chief operating officers to the lesser known chief operating officers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the chief operating officer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous chief operating officers ever?" and "What are the names of famous chief operating officers?" then you're in the right place. 
Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Chief Operating Officers
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Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations—he also served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations—and was Chief Operating Officer until he was named the CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011, when he succeeded Steve Jobs. In early 2012, he was awarded compensation of one million shares, vesting in 2016 and 2021, by Apple's Board of Directors. Cook also serves on the board of directors of Nike, Inc. and the National Football Foundation. In 2014, Cook became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly identify as gay. Tim Cook's declaration has ...more on Wikipedia

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chief Operating Officers
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Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for Google. In 2014 Mayer was ranked sixth on the list of America's 40 under 40 as well as the 16th most powerful business woman in the world in 2014 according to the same publication. ...more on Wikipedia

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Pamela Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chief Operating Officers
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Pamela Nicholson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. She joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1981 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Consumer Economics. ...more on Wikipedia

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Gary Cohn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chief Operating Officers
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Gary D. Cohn is an American investment banker. He is currently the president and COO of investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs. ...more on Wikipedia

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