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Successful Women in Business

Updated: Nov 11, 2019



Women play a major role in the business world. Women run some of the largest companies in the world. In positions that were largely dominated by men, women are starting to take over and become prominent figures within Fortune 500 companies. The following are just some of the most prominent women stepping up and making a difference in the business world.


Sheryl Sandberg - COO, Facebook Sandberg has been with Facebook since 2008 and has helped increase the social media websites revenue over the last decade. She spent six years as vice president at Google where she helped develop their online advertising programs. Recently, she has spoken up about issues important to her, including women’s health and immigration reform.


Indra Nooyi - Chair, PepsiCo As the former CEO of PepsiCo, Nooyi helped turn Pepsi into one of the most successful foods and beverage companies in the world. She is credited with spearheading Pepsi’s transition to a more environmentally friendly company. Before becoming CEO, she helped Pepsi expand through acquisitions of notable companies like Quaker Oats. Nooyi is currently a chairwoman on the board of directors and when she departs Pepsi in early 2019.


Ruth Porat - SVP and CFO Google, Alphabet

Known as Ruth Vader by her Google colleagues, Porat is relentless with her focus on the bottom line. Since becoming CFO in 2015, Google’s shares have jumped more than 70% and are the second most valuable company behind Apple. Porat is also known as a cost cutter and has helped Alphabet rein in spending on projects within the company.


Safra Catz - Co-CEO, Oracle Catz is leading an expansion of Oracle beefing up the tech giants cloud business by hiring engineers, sales and other staff positions. Catz also leads the way when Oracle acquired NetSuite in 2016. She also oversees the company’s investment in STEM initiatives.


Mary Barra - Chairman and CEO, General Motors In 2016, Barra beat Tesla’s hyped Model 3 by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV which is now the top-selling non-luxury pure electric car. Now, GM is tasking Barra with launching them into the future of driverless vehicles. Barra acquired Cruise Automation last year and has started to test autonomous Bolts as well as a new car-sharing service Maven. She is also credited with helping GM achieve their largest sales growth in 2016 when the company’s revenue was up 9%.



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