Top Women Executives

Top Women Executives in the US

The glass ceiling is a concept that has been around for decades. With each passing year, this unfortunate beast has been diligently chipped away at as a whole, simply because there have been women whose success has shattered whatever partition may have been holding them back. As these women demonstrate, gender should never really play into the equation of success. What really counts is whether or not you’re good enough to do the job. Clearly, these women are very, very good at what they do to be the top women executives in the United States.

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Marissa Mayer

You could easily make the argument that Mayer is the most powerful woman in business. Her resume certainly lends credence to that presumption. Prior to helming Yahoo as the President and CEO of Yahoo!, she served as an executive for Google. Her hand in creating not one but two of the Internet’s most powerful websites has led her to be worth $42.1 million.


ORG XMIT: VA 40766 Carol Meyrowitz  9/15/2011 9/15/11 12:29:42 PM -- Framingham, MA  -- TJX Chief Operating Officer  Carol Meyrowitz is seen in the handbag section of a TJ Maxx store Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011in Framingham, MA. TJX owns TJ Maxx, Marshall's and HomeGoods.  TJX sells buys same-season merchandise from many of the same designers the department stores and specialty stores do. Photo by Victoria Arocho, Freelance [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Carol Meyrowitz

As the CEO and director of TJX Companies, Meyrowitz may not have as large a profile as Mayer. Considering her company is responsible for vital apparel and home goods stores like TJ Max, her influence is practically felt on an everyday basis as well. It’s an influence that makes her annual take of $23.3 million feel like it’s worth every penny.

margaret-2Margaret Whitman

The financial clout that the chairwoman, president, and CEO of Hewlett-Packard wields is not necessarily summed up by her annual earnings of $19.6 million. It’s best summarized by the fact that when she ran for Governor of California in 2010, she spent a whopping $144 million of her own amassed fortune in order to fund her campaign. She earned that wealth in part because of her stints at The Walt Disney Company and eBay as well as her current position.

women in politics behind the scenesIndra Nooyi

Ever since she has taken over as President and CFO of PepsiCo in 1994, Nooyi has grown the beverage company’s reach to impressive parameters. Her strategic direction, which partially deflected attention from some of the company’s unhealthier products, allowed the company’s net profit to more than double over the past decade. With annual earnings of $19.1 million, it’s fair to say that she’s been rewarded rather well.

phebe-2Phebe Novakovic

In a way, the U.S. Government owes quite a bit of gratitude toward Novakovic. After all, she worked for the CIA and the U.S. Department of Defense before she became Chairman and CEO of the defense company General Dynamics. All things considered, you may argue that her annual earnings of $19 million may be a bit of a bargain.

virginia-1Virginia Rometty

The Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM certainly has the awards to justify her $17.9 million annual earnings. No less than Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for ten consecutive years, including three consecutive years at the top spot. She may not be all about flash and showmanship like some of her competitors, but considering the clout IBM has, she really doesn’t need those components.

Congratulations to the above mentioned for being the top women executives in the country.