Methodology

To put together this dossier, the editorial team used the following methodology.
Methodology

© Methodology

To put together this dossier, the editorial team used the following methodology.


FRANCE

To best reflect their diversity, the list of top directors is made up of 500 French companies. The selection criteria are as follows. The company must:

- Have had revenue of less than one billion euros in 2014 but more than five billion in 2016

- Be an independent company

- Have registered one of the best growth-rates in their sector

We then proceeded to rank the companies by sector of activity (agri-food, distribution, electrical, IT services, greentech, real-estate, industrial, software, leisure, luxury goods, media, ICT, healthcare, services and transport).

In addition, we also take into account the development of a company. Three stages of growth expressed by earnings are included in the Leaders League method to obtain a balanced selection: five to twenty million euros, twenty to one hundred million euros, and one hundred million euros and above.

The database of businesses consulted to create this dossier was compiled from various sources. They include: Décideurs Magazine Bureau Van Dijk and Grand prix des entreprises de croissance. Belgian consultancy firm MW5 were involved in the methodology-selection process.

EUROPE

To establish our list, the source of information was the INC Europe rankings, carried out by consultancy firm MW5 using data provided by Bureau van Dijk. Put together using trustworthy data, the list under-evaluates certain countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, for example.   The selection criteria are as follows. The company must:

- Have had revenue of less than one billion euros in 2013 but more than five billion in 2016

- Be an independent company

- Have registered growth of more than 70% between 2013 and 2016

To best reflect the diversity of European companies we first ranked companies by sector of activity and by earnings band (five to twenty million euros, twenty to one hundred million euros, and one hundred million euros and above).                    

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