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Fortune in the 5.2%: Women underrepresented as CEOs

Every year, Fortune magazine ranks the top 500 U.S companies based on gross revenue after adjustments made by Fortune to exclude the impact of excise taxes companies incur. At the top of the list are the expected contenders with Wal-Mart locking in at number one, Apple at number five, and AT&T ranked 11. You might be surprised with the rankings you find on the full list of companies that made the cut.

Although it is a comprehensive list, with a fairly wide scope of industries represented, only 5.2% of theses companies have female CEOs. 91% of the 500 companies included sexual orientation within their nondiscrimination policy, yet there are no openly gay, bisexual, or transgender women CEOs in the 500. Regardless of established policy, many still face separate challenges breaking through the social cultural barriers surrounding big business. Despite competing in a male dominated environment, the following list of women are the 5.2% at the forefront of leading industries. Among these are Ursula Burns, the first African American women CEO of a fortune 500 company. Also representing divers cultures are Indra Nooyi from India, and Safra Catz from Israel. I encourage you to take a moment to read about some their impressive contributions to their companies and the precedents they set for future leaders by checking out the links below.

 

#7 GM Mary T. Barra

#17 HP Megan Whitman

#23 IBM Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty

#27 ADM Patricia A. Woertz

#43 PepsiCo Indra K Nooyi

#59 Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson

#82 Oracle Safra Catz

#86 DuPont Ellen J. Kullman

#89 Mondelez International Irene B. Rosenfeld

#99 General Dynamics Phebe Novakovic

#108 The TJX Companies Carol M. Meyrowitz

#123 Duke Energy Lynn J. Good

#137 Xerox Corporation Ursula Burns

#245 Guardian Deanna M. Mulligan

#266 CST Brands Kimberly Bowers

#267 Sempra Energy Debra L. Reed

#277 Ross Stores Barbara Rentler

#282 Avon Products Inc. Sheri S. McCoy

#315 Campbell Soup Denise M. Morrison

#329 Reynolds American Inc. Susan M. Cameron

#377 Mylan Heather Bresch

#412 Ingredion Incorporated llene Gordon

#437 CH2M Hill Jacqueline Hinman

#449 Graybar Electric Kathleen M. Mazzarella

#474 Advance Micro Devices Lisa Su

#481 Gannett Gracia C. Martore

 

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