Though technology industry is by far highly male dominated at the top levels, but few female executives too have became successful in breaking the glass ceiling to emerge on the top. And it is being admitted by their counterparts in the same company as well in other companies that they really have the potential to lead giant farms.
So, here goes a look at top five powerful women who are holding the fate and reigns of some of the biggest technology companies in the world.
1. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Six years back, Sandberg was taken up from Google by Mark Zuckerberg to take charge as Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer. Most of the important domains of Facebook’s business operations including sales, business development, marketing, human resources, legal, public policy and communications are being looked after by Sheryl. She is said to be the major driving force behind Facebook’s steering towards profitability. She holds 12.3 million personal shares in Facebook and she also sits on the boards of Starbucks and Walt Disney.
2. Meg Whitman, CEO, HP
The president and chief executive officer of PC giant Hewlett Packard (HP) is Meg Whitman. She joined HP’s board in 2010 only to become the CEO as early as in 2011. The company’s stock has on an average risen by 20% since she took over the leading position. The past quarter saw HP reporting revenue and profit that topped analysts’ and even its own estimate which reflects her efficiency in running a company well even in this dismantle economic condition.
She got a big raise in her pay packet last year as she entered the third year of her attempt to turn around the ailing personal computer and printer maker. She has served on the board of directors of the DreamWorks SKG, , Procter & Gamble and eBay Foundation.
3. Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
Virginia Rometty is the first-ever woman to head IBM as her name has featured in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list the eight time in a row this year.
She started her career at IBM way back in 1981. From then on, a series of leadership positions in the company was held by her, most recently as the senior vice president and group executive of the division of IBM sales, marketing and strategy. She has been quite successful in the role and she pioneered IBM’s rapid expansion in the emerging economies of the world looking at the bright prospects there with hawk’s eye. As part of this, she established IBM’s Growth Markets organization expecting to contribute as much as 30% of IBM revenues by 2015.
4. Ursula Burns, chairman & CEO, Xerox
Being the first African-American woman CEO heading a Fortune 500 company, Burns has remained associated with Xerox since the year 1981. Joining the company as a summer intern, she has worked in different roles earlier across varied verticals within the same company as she was named the CEO in 2009. Just a couple of weeks after swearing in as CEO, Xerox made a historical acquisition; the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services. Besides Xerox, she has also served on the boards of American Express, Exxon Mobil, FIRST, Boston Scientific, University of Rochester, National Association of Manufacturers, and the MIT Corporation.
5. Safra Ada Catz, co-president & CFO, Oracle
Safra Ada Catz was born in Israel and joined Oracle in 1999. She has been the president of Oracle Corporation since January 2004 and was made its chief financial officer (CFO) since April 25, 2011. And none can deny her playing a major role in Oracle’s acquisition of rival PeopleSoft. Catz has been an independent non-executive director at HSBC Holdings plc since 1st May, 2008. Not only this, she is also a member of executive council at TechNet since March 14, 2013. She has also served as director of PeopleSoft Inc and Stellent Inc in different courses of time.