Not Tom, Dick and Harry: Top Names for CEOs Announced

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Future parents all around the world, listen up. If you want your child to become a CEO, all you have to do is give them the right name. Easy enough, right?

LinkedIn has released the results of data collected to find out the top names for male and female CEOs. The data revealed that male CEOs in the U.S. have brief, four-letter names, such as like Jack and Fred, and vary by industry.

The top names for male CEOs globally are:
1. Peter
2. Bob
3. Jack
4. Bruce
5. Fred

The top five names for female CEOs are:
1. Deborah
2. Sally
3. Debra
4. Cynthia
5. Carolyn

Professionals in the sales industry are shown to have short names like Chip, Todd and Trey, while those in engineering have longer names like Rajesh, Jeremy and Andrew. Those in the U.S. food and restaurant industry have longer French names that include Thierry, Philippe and Laurent.

According to Dr. Frank Nuessel, a professor of classical and modern languages at the University of Louisville, explained the possible reasons why male professionals and CEOs use shorter versions of their names while female CEOs use longer versions of their names.

“Sales professionals in the U.S. and males CEOs globally use these shortened versions of their names as a way to be more approachable and accessible to their potential clients,” he said. “Female CEOs appear to prefer to use their full names and not nicknames, which could signify they want to be taken more seriously and want co-workers to think of them in a more professional light.”

So, the moral of this story is: Name your child one of the top names current CEOs have, and he or she might have a greater chance at becoming the next chief executive. It’s just that easy.

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