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'Institutional Investor' Names Best CEOs of 2010

Institutional Investor Magazine has named its 2010 list of the best CEOs, part of the publication's annual ranking of top business leaders in the U.S.

Each year, the list is compiled based on a survey of buy- and sell-side analysts across all industries and sectors. The survey includes four catagories: CEOs, CFOs, investor relations professionals and companies providing the best investor relations.

Of the 76 CEOs who made Institutional Investor's 2010 "All-America" Executive Team, only 16 received top grades by both buy-side and sell-side analysts in their respective fields.

Only three of the 76 chief executives on the list are women. And two, both men, have left their CEO positions since the survey was taken.

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Here are the 16 CEOs who were voted the best in their industries by both buy- and sell-side analysts, in alpabetical order:

Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan

Michael Ahearn, First Solar (O'hearn stepped down as CEO in October 2009; he remains Chairman)

Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon.com

Ian Cook, Colgate-Palmolive

James Dimon, JPMorgan Chase

Francisco D'Souza, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Lawrence Ellison, Oracle

Andrew Gould, Schlumberger

Mark Hurd, Hewlett Packard

Robert Iger, Walt Disney

D. Bryan Jordan, First Horizon National

J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy

Alan Mulally, Ford Motor

Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo

Paul Otellini, Intel

David Pyott, Allergan

Analysts who participated in the survey were asked to rank their top four choices in each of the four catagories.

Institutional Investor used the results to compile the lists for its "All-America Executive Team." The magazine will reveal the rest of the names in all four catagories on Monday, both online and in its printed edition. Read more about the survey here.