List of female top executives
The world average of female top executives is 8 percent. Thailand has the highest proportion of female CEOs in the world, with 30 percent of companies employing female CEOs, followed by the People's Republic of China, with 19 percent. In the European Union the figure is 9 percent and in the United States it's 5 percent. Only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women, according to a recent CNNMoney analysis, out of those 500 companies, there are only 24 female CEOs.
A number of women have risen to become top executives of major corporations. Below is an incomplete list of such women.
- Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee
- Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
- Jhane Barnes, owner of her own fashion design company
- Angela Braly, President and CEO of WellPoint
- Ana Patricia Botín, President of Banco Santander, Spain
- Liz Claiborne, Chairperson and CEO of Liz Claiborne, Inc.
- Zoe Cruz, Co-President of Morgan Stanley
- Patricia Dunn, former Chairman of Hewlett Packard
- Annika Falkengren, CEO of SEB, Sweden
- Carly Fiorina, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard
- Linda Hasenfratz - CEO of Linamar
- Kathy Ireland - Chairman, CEO and Chief Designer for kathy ireland Worldwide and Chairman Emeritus and Chief Brand Strategist for Level Brands
- Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products
- Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, President and CEO of PepsiCo
- Ursula Burns, CEO and Chairman of Xerox
- Marianne Nivert, former CEO of Telia (now TeliaSonera), Sweden
- Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods
- Patricia Russo, CEO of Lucent
- Güler Sabancı, CEO of Sabanci Group, Turkey
- Mary Sammons, President and CEO of Rite Aid
- Martha Stewart, former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
- Belinda Stronach, former President and CEO of Magna International
- Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, present CEO of Hewlett Packard
- Laura Wade-Gery, CEO of Multi-channel at Marks & Spencer, former CEO of Tesco.com
- Clara Furse, former CEO of London Stock Exchange
- Therese Tucker, founder and CEO of BlackLine
- Heather Bresch, Mylan Inc.
- Geisha Williams will replace Tony Earley, Jr., on March 1, 2017 as CEO and President of PG&E Corporation
- Michele Buck, CEO and President of The Hershey Company
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