Best CEOs of 2011: Sullivan
There’s a lot of money to be made in car parts, and in shares of O’Reilly Auto lately.
Henslee began at the company way back in 1985. He has added nearly $50 to the stock over the past three years and it’s been hitting all-time highs most of this year—outperforming most of its rivals.
Back in January, Henslee set a program to add 170 stores to O’Reilly’s lineup and announced a $500m buyback. That was just the first of three buyback announcements this year.
Sales have jumped by more than $200 million this year, helped by a strong used car market and need for do it yourself repairs. Henslee’s annual pay is listed at $842,000, but Reuters pegs his total comp as just under $5 million.
Most analysts are positive on the name, though JPMorgan Chasehad to make one of the year’s worst calls when it downgraded the stock back in April. A true midwesterner, Henslee operates out of Missouri and keeps a low profile.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Henslee's total compensation at just under $5 billion, when it is actually $5 million.
Fourth Best CEO of 2011
Number 4: Angel Martinez, Deckers Outdoor.
Martinez is the newest CEO in the group, having joined Deckers in 2005 after stints at Reebok, Keen, Rockport and Tupperware .
Martinez kept Deckers from being a one-hit wonder by making smart deals for hip brands such as Tsubo in 2008, and surfer-favorite sandal maker Sanuk this year.
The greatest feat Martinez has pulled off though is keeping the Ugg boot from becoming a fad gone bad. Though the brand is now 32 years old, Uggs remain hot—with the Wall Street Journal pegging the boot as a ‘must have’ this holiday season.
The stock has frustrated short sellers all year. Though off its high of $117, shares were under $20 less than three years ago. Two things Martinez must watch: Decker’s growing inventory levels and $45 million in new debt now on the books. Reuters says Martinez’ total compensation this year will be just over $5 million.