Canon has confirmed that Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has made Barron’s annual list of the world’s 30 best chief executives for the fourth consecutive year.

He has been recognised for his five-year growth plan to boost Canon’s revenue outside of Japan and invest in new business, and more recently for taking control of the company’s disaster recovery efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

Barron’s compiled its annual roster of the top corporate leaders from around the world in 2011 by looking in particular at how individuals have tailored plans to approach Asia and other developing markets. The selection of finalists was based on information collected from interviews with analysts, investors and executives.