Top 10 Women CEO’s In The World

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Even though women form almost half the work force in the United States, today in 2009 only 12 of Fortune 500 companies have women as CEO’s. We would like to salute women, who presently hold the top slots in their organisations.


1. Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi CEO Pepsi

She is the CEO of PepsiCo, only the largest, one of the most successful businesses, providing foods and beverages, yet. Nooyi is not only a woman, but she is also a minority, being Indian. Nooyi has sustained PepsiCo to provide much healthier foods and beverages, and to provide less salt and food to the products. Her aim is to expand Pepsi’s $13 billion portfolio to $30 billion by 2020, with more fruits, vegetables, and sportswear. Nooyi has credited her grandfather for her success, and he had said to her: “Don’t ever think you’ve arrived, and remember that what you don’t know is so much more than what you do.”


2. Catherine Elizabeth “Cathy” Hughes

Catherine Hughes is the first African American woman to be head of a firm. She became a mother at the mere age of 16, but tried to hide that because she knew she “had the whole future ahead of her”. Hughes became the general manager and President of WYCB-AM, but stayed there only 6 months because she was unhappy. In 1979, she bought out radio station, Radio One with then husband, Dewey Hughes, and re-created it from scratch. Their aim was to give African Americans a voice. Radio One provides its audience with news, music, and opportunities for others to work in the field. Hughes became the first woman to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Achievement in Radio Awards at its twelfth annual ceremony in 1998.


3. Irene Rosenfeld
Irene Rosenfeld

Irene Rosenfeld has been in the industry of food and beverages for over 30 years. She drives business results by understanding customer needs, constant innovation, and making delicious foods. Rosenfeld became the CEO of Kraft Foods in 2006, and became Chairman in March of the following year. Rosenfeld helped change Kraft Foods change its face, footprints, and prospects. Before becoming the CEO and Chairman of Kraft Food, Rosenfeld was the CEO of Frito-Lay for two years. The Financial Times and Fortune recently ranked Rosenfeld No. 1 on their “Top 50 Women in Global Business” and “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” lists, respectively. Forbes has named Rosenfeld as one of the world’s “100 Most Powerful Women” for several years


4. Susan Ivey 
Susan Ivey

Susan Ivey is the former CEO and President of Raynolds American Inc, a manufacturer of tobacco and cigarettes products, effective from 2004 to 2011. She also became the chairman of the company in 2006, and the position lasted until 2010. Ivey was also the chairman of R.J Raynolds from 2004 to 2008. As head of Reynolds American, Ivey has guided the company’s efforts into the smokeless tobacco category, including the introduction of products. In 2009, Ivey was named the 59th most powerful women by FORBES.


5.  Muriel “Mickey” Siebert
Muriel Mickey Siebert

Muriel Siebert is not a CEO of any company per say, but she is the founder and president of The New York Stock Exchange, which has made her get the title “The First Woman of Finance”. The company was established by Siebert in 1967, and is still running effectively and efficiently to this very day. However, she took a break from her firm in 1977 to 182 to serve as the first woman Superintendent of Banking for the State of New York under Governor Hugh Carey. As such, she was responsible for the safety and soundness of not only the banks, but also other financial institutions in New York State. To all of the world, she is known as Mickie, as well as being a leader and a risk taker.


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