Top 10 Women CEO’s In The World

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6. Colleen Barrett

Colleen Barrett has never been a CEO, but rather a President, and her achievements and contributions are very important to note. If you watch some videos of Colleen Barrett, you would never have imagined she would become the President of a company. Your first impression would be that she is a middle aged housewife with no work potential of any sorts. But Barrett proves that looks can be deceiving. Colleen Barrett went to college for a diploma in law. She established herself by being at the right place at the right time, when Heb Kelleher, the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, hired Barrett to be his executive assistant at his law firm. When Kelleher retired, he elected Barrett to take over his duties. She has expressed that she is not a leader per say, but a follower, which makes her a good leader that she is.


7. Christina Gold
Christina Gold

Christina Gold was once known to be an extremely shy person, but eventually overcame her fears. This had opened some doors for her to work at Avon’s. After 19 years of working there, and 20 different jobs at the same company, Gold rose to the highest job she could dream of. She became the Head of operations in Canada in 1989. In 1993, Gold became the first ever female president at Avon’s in North America. She raised Avon’s revenues with her exceptional problem solving skills and practical ideas. Many people were stunned in 1997, when Gold became the CEO of Avon’s. Gold resigned from Avon in 1998, and since then has been elected to be the CEO of Western Union in 2006.


8. Andrea Jung
Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung replaced Christina Gold as CEO of Avon in 1999. With Jung’s help, Avon saw an even more increase in revenues by the first year she was in the picture, which was triple from the previous year. Avon’s independent sales force became 6.5 million workers. As CEO for 12 years, Jung has championed women’s empowerment, emphasizing Avon’s role in offering employment opportunities to the 95% female reps who sell its products. In 2011, it was announced that Jung would step down from her CEO duties and be the Chairman of Avon, which she was already on top of being a CEO.


9. Marjorie Scardino
Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino has had a massive experience with education, beginning with a French and Psychology degree in Baylor University in 1969. She then attended George Washington University for a law degree. She dropped out of the program to pursue a career in journalism. Scardino, however, ended receiving her law degree in 1975 in The San Francisco University. Scardino began work in The Economist as the managing director in North America. With her work, The Economists increased its profits and circulations. In 1992, she became the CEO of The Economists, and the CEO of Pearson, which is $3.5 billion worth media organization, in 1997.


10. Brenda Barnes
Brenda Barnes

Brenda Barnes was the CEO and chairman of Sarah Lee Corporation since 2005. She first joined Sarah Lee in 2004 as president and chief executive operations. But before that, she worked in Pepsi for over a 22 year period. With Barnes’ help, Sarah Lee Corporation held approximately a customer and consumer base of millions around the world. The company has one of the world’s best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food, beverage, household and body care brands, including Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Sara Lee and Senseo. Collectively, these brands generate more than $13 billion in annual net sales covering approximately 200 countries. The Sara Lee community consists of 44,000 employees worldwide. Brenda Barnes resigned from her duties as CEO in 2010 due to suffering a stroke.

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