Top 10 Most Powerful Business Women 2012

Be it, IT, commerce or business, the women of the 21st century are increasingly becoming prominent in carrying out their task by holding the executive positions in the corporate sector. More over a rise in the number of multinationals has facilitated a hike in the number of women managers and entrepreneurs. It has been noticed that few of the corporate giants like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Oracle etc have appointed ladies as their CEOs and presidents, proving all over again that women can be quite successful in terms of business. Surf through the list of Top 10 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 and have a glance of the leading ladies in world business.

List of Most Powerful Business Women 2012

1. Ginni Rometty

2. Indra Nooyi

3. Meg Whitman

4. Irene Rosenfeld

5. Ellen Kullman

6. Patricia Woertz

7. Ursula Burns

8. Sheryl Sandberg

9. Abigail Johnson

10. Safra Catz

Top Ten Most Powerful Business Women 2012

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1. Ginni Rometty

No.1 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Ginni RomettyBeing the current CEO and Chairman of IBM, Ginni Rometty is the first women to head the company. Previously she was assigned the positions of Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing, and Strategy. Consecutively for eight years she has been honoured with the title of “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and last year she ranked as the foremost among the top 10 most powerful business women 2012. She was also named as one of the most influential women in the list of Bloomberg Markets Magazine in September 2012.

2. Indra Nooyi

No.2 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Indra NooyiLeading one of the world’s largest convenient food and beverage companies, Indra Nooyi is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. The Indian-American business executive has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo’s reform. Nooyi was also named on Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 women to watch in 2007 and 2008, and was listed among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007 and 2008.

3. Meg Whitman

No.3 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Meg WhitmanA native of Long Island, New York, Meg Whitman is the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. Throughout the 1980s, the 56 years old American business manager has also served as the vice president of strategic planning in The Walt Disney Company. From 1998 to 2008, Meg was also the president and chief executive officer of eBay. Being the fourth wealthiest woman in the state of California she had a net worth of $1.3 billion in 2010.

4.Irene Rosenfeld

No.4 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Irene RosenfeldWith nearly 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Irene Rosenfeld drives business results by leading the global team that understands consumer needs. Beginning her career in consumer research, later joining General Foods, today she has reached the position of Chairman and CEO at Mondelēz International. Forbes has named Irene as one of the world’s “100 Most Powerful Women” for several years and the year 2012 has seen her as the fourth most powerful business women.

5.Ellen Kullman

No.5 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Ellen KullmanAnother name that appears in the record of top ten most powerful business women 2012 is Ellen Kullman – the current President, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and the former director of General Motors. In her previous role as executive vice president was responsible for four of DuPont’s business platforms as well as leading the company’s growth in markets outside the USA. Kullman was also a member of the Executive Committee of The Business Council for 2011 and 2012.

6. Patricia Woertz

No.6 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Patricia WoertzSince 2007, Patricia Woertz has served as the President and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland and formerly she was the Executive Vice President of the Chevron Corporation. In 2010, she was ranked the 3rd most powerful woman by Fortune magazine. In 2009, with a rank of 93, Woertz was the top-ranking woman on the Fortune 500′s list of top CEOs. Also in 2009, Forbes ranked Woertz as the 26th most powerful woman in the world. She is a graduate from the Penn State University.

7. Ursula Burns

No.7 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Ursula BurnsUrsula Burns is the CEO of Xerox and is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company. Burns has served on numerous professional and community boards, including Exxon Mobil Corporation, American Express, Boston Scientific, FIRST, National Association of Manufacturers, University of Rochester, the MIT Corporation, the Rochester Business Alliance, and the RUMP Group. She will serve as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Business Council in 2013 and 2014.

8.Sheryl Sandberg

No.8 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s first female board member and owns nearly $1 billion of invested stock in the company. The Harvard MBA served as chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, and managed Google’s online global sales and operations as a vice president. She was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org and in 2012 was named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by Time.

9. Abigail Johnson

No.9 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Abigail JohnsonPresident of the American multinational financial services corporation, Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson is the 22nd richest person in the United States and the richest person in Massachusetts.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Johnson, 50, heads all of the mutual fund giant’s main businesses. Johnson graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Art history from Hobart and has an estimated net worth of $10.3 billion making her No.29 on the Forbes 400 rich list.

10. Safra Catz

No.10 Most Powerful Business Women 2012 - Safra CatzSafra Catz, is an Israeli-born American businesswoman who has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was appointed as the co-President and Chief Financial Officer of the company. According to an Equilar analysis published by Fortune, she was in 2011 the highest-paid woman among Fortune 1000 companies, receiving an estimated US$51,695,742 in total remuneration.

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