Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A strong thinker who remembers the hangers

Tom Spann, CEO, Accolade Inc.
Tom Spann, CEO, Accolade Inc. Curt Hudson / For the Daily News and Inquirer

The 30,674 employees in the Philadelphia area who participated in this year's survey were asked to rate their company's chief executive officer in response to this prompt: "I have confidence in the leader of this organization."

The bosses with the highest scores among large, medium and small companies are our winners.

Tom Spann, CEO, Accolade Inc.

Top leader, small companies

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  • Accolade, a start-up firm based in Plymouth Meeting, provides personal health assistants to its client companies (Comcast is one) to help their employees navigate health-care benefits. The company has 72 employees in the region.

    Hanging on his every word: Before becoming founding CEO at Accolade, Spann led the North America Products Operating Unit at Accenture Ltd., with $2 billion in revenue and more than 10,000 employees. Among the odder jobs he has handled as the head of a start-up is outfitting the office closet: "I had to go home and bring coat hangers in," he said.

    Leadership motto: "At Accolade, leadership's about two things: One is always doing the right thing for the client, and two is taking care of each other as teammates."

    What employees said: "He is a very strong thinker who has a very active and direct impact on company operation and direction."

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