10 Innovative CEOs to Follow in 2024

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The new year ahead promises to be an interesting one for business leaders as disruption from advances in technology like AI also combine with potential economic uncertainty that will require nimble leadership and innovative strategy. Transformation is taking place across virtually every industry and paving the way for rapidly growing companies and emerging enterprises.

Having the right leadership at the helm is crucial to dominating an industry and growing market share. Here are ten such leaders who are notable for their innovative leadership.

  1. Sam Altman – Altman is once again CEO of OpenAI. Altman founded Loopt, a social networking mobile application when he was nineteen years old. His innovation helped raise thirty million dollars in venture capital. He later joined Y Combinator and eventually was named president by founder Paul Graham. While there he announced YC Continuity and Y Combinator Research. In 2019 he took on a less hands-on role to focus on becoming CEO of OpenAI. With AI now proving to be the most disruptive force of our time, Altman’s leadership of this new era will have historical impacts.
  2. Ruzwana Bashir – Bashir is the founder and CEO of travel tech company Peek and also perhaps one of the most connected people in tech. Recently gracing the cover of Business Insider which highlighted her improbable rise to one of the most notable CEOs of a venture-backed tech company, Bashir’s leadership has made Peek a darling among Silicon Valley’s top investors.
  3. Charles Gaudet – Gaudet is CEO of  Predictable Profits.  An entrepreneur since he was four years old, Gaudet created his first multi-million-dollar business at twenty-four. Now as CEO of the leading business coaching company for 7 and 8-figure CEOs, expertise has helped other entrepreneurs generate millions of dollars in revenue. He shares his innovative strategies in his book, “The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market and Staying on Top”.  
  4. Nasser Chanda – Chanda is CEO of the leading financial automation platform Paymerang, ranked as one of the fastest-growing technology companies. Chanda leads Paymerang’s rapidly growing organization, driving it to provide best-in-class finance automation. Nasser also oversees the strategy and direction of the company. He offers two decades of experience in startups.
  5. Ryan Serhant – Serhant is CEO of Serhant. Serhant is one of the most acclaimed real estate brokers in the world. He spent a decade leading one of New York City’s top-ranked real estate teams before he founded Serhant. Serhant has been ranked the number one sales team in New York by the Wall Street Journal for three straight years as well as being ranked one of the top teams in the nation for close to a decade. 
  6. Gabino Roche – Roche is CEO of Saphyre, an AI-driven pre- and post-trade automation platform for financial institutions. Co-founding Saphyre with his identical twin brother, Stephen, the two have grown Saphyre into a fintech powerhouse boasting Wall Street’s biggest firms as its clients. In 2023 alone, Saphyre was named Fintech of the Year by the industry’s two largest trade publications, Global Custodian and The TRADE.
  7. Mauricio Vianna – Vianna is CEO of MJV. Vianna founded MJV Innovation when he was a recent college graduate. Today, with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, the firm is recognized as an authority in design thinking. Vianna’s consulting firm advises the likes of Coca Cola, Delta, Unilever, Cartier, and more. 
  8. Sally Outlaw – Outlaw is CEO of Worthy Bonds. Outlaw spent twenty years in the television industry as a producer for several media companies. In addition, Outlaw is a licensed investment advisor and holds a real estate broker’s license. With her entrepreneurial spirit, she founded Worthy to help other entrepreneurs connect to the funding they need to start or grow their businesses. 
  9. Erik Huberman – Huberman is CEO of Hawkemedia. Huberman is a Forbes 30 under 30 and the founder of Hawke Media. The uber-successful marketing agency known as Your Outsourced CMO has helped three thousand brands worldwide. Huberman is a respected thought leader in marketing and e-commerce spaces. His words have been read in top-tier publications and as a speaker, he brings a brilliant mix of personal values and entrepreneurial advice to his audience. 
  10. Sally Krawcheck – Krawcheck is the CEO of Ellevest. Krawcheck had a powerful career on Wall Street where she served as CEO of Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, and Sandford C. Bernstein. In 2014 she co-founded Ellevest, a women ’s-focused investment platform. It was only launched five years after she had guided Ellevest to one billion dollars in assets under management. Krawcheck’s philosophies include getting clear on where you stand financially as a vital part of financial self-care. 




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