Who are Today’s Most Powerful Women Business Leaders?  

Parity between the sexes in the boardroom seems to be becoming less of a mirage with every year. With growing numbers of women business leaders across the globe, there is hope of closing the gender gap in the foreseeable future. Here is our list of the most accomplished female entrepreneurs to inspire you.  

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Mary Barra started working as a vehicle inspector on the assembly line for General Motors in 1980. By 2014, she had become CEO of the company. She was the first female to lead a major automobile manufacturer and the first female CEO of General Motors. 
After stepping into this leading role, Barra has not stopped investing time and effort into GM. Moreover, she has invested billions in self-driving cars, electric vehicles, and Maven, a ride-share service.  
Her tenure at the top was not without scandal, including the layoff of 14,000 GM employees. However, Barra still earned fourth place on Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

Indra Nooyi, Former CEO of PepsiCo 

Indra Nooyi was appointed CEO of PepsiCo in 2006 after joining the company in 1994. PepsiCo underwent a great deal of expansion when she was at the helm. Some notable developments led by Nooyi include the 2001 merger with the Quaker Oats Company and the 1998 purchase of Tropicana. At the time, Tropicana held almost 50% of the chilled fruit juice trade in North America, giving PepsiCo a highly competitive edge.
In addition, she has also helped propel the company forward through a healthier approach to its products. She found ways to make snacks and drinks more nutritious and expand the company’s healthy options. 
The Wall Street Journal named her as one of the “top women to watch” in 2007 and in 2008. Moreover, Fortune Magazine ranked her the 6th Most Powerful Woman in the World in 2010 and the 2nd in 2015. 

Sharon White, John Lewis Partnership Chair and Ofcom CEO 

Sharon White was the first black person to be appointed Permanent Secretary to the British Treasury. She replaced Sir Charles Mayfield as Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, the revenue of which totals GBP 10 billion a year.
White is a former civil servant who was active in the cabinets of British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown. She played a pivotal role in the British government’s reactions to the global downturn of 2008.

Virginia Rometty, IBM CEO  

Virginia Rometty is a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated field of information technology. Rometty, who goes by the nickname of Ginny, defied the odds by becoming the first woman to chair and serve as CEO of IBM. In the early 2000s, Rometty significantly contributed to IBM’s success and growth. Her first big break was overseeing PricewaterhouseCoopers’ integration into IBM. In 2007, she devised a plan for the corporation’s growth in the next five years, taking the helm of the sales force. 
Subsequently, Rometty aptly shifted the company’s focus to grasp the latest trends and developments, which includes Twitter, SAP, and Apple partnerships. Under her leadership, IBM has moved away from sectors of diminishing importance such as operating systems and computers. Today, the corporation is focused on machine learning, AI, and other innovative projects. 

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO  

Sheryl Sandberg was named to Facebook’s Directors’ Board in 2012. She guided the company along the highly awaited $100 billion IPO and has become the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Before joining Facebook, Sandberg was Google’s vice president of global online operations and sales. Previously, she had served as US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers’ chief of staff. Time Magazine placed her on its list of the world’s most influential people in 2012. Thanks to her stock holdings, her worth exceeded $1.8 billion in 2019. 

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