Most powerful women in business

The popular 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (Fortune’s annual ranking of America’s leading businesswomen) is out. The top ten are:

  1. Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods
  2. Indira Nooyi,  PepsiCo
  3. Patricia Woertz, Archer Daniel Midland
  4. Ellen Kullman, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company(“DuPont”)
  5. Angela Braly,  WellPoint, Inc
  6. Andrea Jung,  Avon
  7. Ginni Rometty,  IBM
  8. Ursula Burns, Xerox
  9. Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard
  10.  Sherilyn McCoy, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals

Any surprises? Interesting that the top three are food and beverage executives. There are also 3 on the top ten representing technology companies; three from healthcare/pharma and one from consumer goods.

What role do you think communication played in landing these women in the top ten (several of them have been here before)! Would like to see your comments!

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About Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann
Global corporate communication, business, and organization behavior executive; author. My blog, DesigningCommunication, offers inspiration, insight, and tips for all professionals who want to express themselves effectively, and lead with integrity.

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