Times have changed. Women are increasingly finding top jobs in fortune 500 companies. Many of them are changing the IT world and influencing our future. This article is dedicated to 10 of them that pave the way.
1. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
She is the COO of Facebook. She monetizes the largest social networking site and manages Facebook`s sales, marketing and business development, human resources, public policy and communication. WOW!
2. Mitchell Baker, Mozilla
Winifred Mitchell Baker is the Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and the former CEO of the same corporation. She was trained as a lawyer and now coordinates business and policy issues for the Mozilla Foundation. She was included in Time Magazine`s list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.
3. Meg Whitman, HP
In September of 2011, Hewlett-Packard replaced its CEO with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. The move came with the company`s bid to garner new leadership. The incumbent, Leo Apotheker was highly criticized for how he handled a major strategy shift in 2011.
4. Sue Gardner, Wikimedia
Gardner is the director of the Wikimedia foundation. She turned the online encyclopedia into the first reference point for all who look for information. She is a Canadian born.
5. Ursula M. Burns, Xerox Corporation
Burns is the Madam Chairman and CEO of Xerox. She is the first African American to head a Fortune 500 company. She was rated the 14th most powerful woman in the world.
6. Patti S. Hart, International Game Technology
Hart has been the CEO of IGT since 2009. She has over 20 years of experience in both telecommunication services and consumer broadband industries. She previously served as CEO of DirectTV Broadband Inc. between 1999 and 2001.
7. Patricia A. House:
She co-founded and is the vice-chairman and senior VP of C3. C3 is a large corporation managing energy and emission management software. She was named as one Fortune`s 50 most powerful women in business in 2000.
8. Virginia Rometty, IBM
This woman is currently the President and CEO of IBM, a position she`s held since January of 2012. She`s been named as one 50 most powerful women in business for 7 consecutive years by Fortune magazine and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.
9. Marisa Mayer, Google:
Mayer is the VP of Location and Local Services. She is a powerful force in Google. She has her hands on almost everything Google users see. She also decides what initiatives see the light of day.
10. Carol Bartz, Yahoo
She was the former CEO of Yahoo until she was fired in 2011. She previously worked for 3M until her request to transfer to headquarters was denied. In her two years at Yahoo she worked hard to upend the company. She put a halt to the informal flow of information that was once common.