Five Milwaukee area firms make Fortune’s “Most Admired” list

Some 3,800 executives, analysts, directors, and experts vote in survey

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Five Milwaukee area companies are included in the latest list of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine.


The area companies that made the list are:

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None of those five made the top 50 on the list. The top five are: Apple,, Starbucks, Berkshire Hathaway and Disney.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the Most Admired Companies in the world for the fourth year in a row,” said Fiserv president and CEO Jeffery Yabuki. “I am so proud of our 23,000 associates worldwide who bring their very best to Fiserv for the benefit of our clients every day.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the most admired companies in the world by trusted industry experts and our peers,” said John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and chief executive officer. “As we celebrate our 160th year in business we are more committed than ever to deliver to our clients an experience that combines a financial professional, cutting edge technology, and exceptional product value and financial strength.”

To determine the best-regarded companies in 51 industries, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked 3,800 executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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