Seven Most Powerful Women In Tech

by Moumita Deb Choudhury    Mar 06, 2017

womanThe potential of women techies is recognized everywhere. It is witnessed in every corner of the globe that whenever a woman is given equal opportunity as that of a male, the women has never failed to compete and equalize and in many cases, have even excelled by far.

A latest study by Facebook states that if only 52 per cent of women were empowered to start a business, it would boost economic growth, meanwhile build 15.5 million new businesses, and create 64 million additional jobs — all by the end of 2021.

Here are mention of some of female techies who have taken the tech world by storm and have registered landmark success around the globe.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

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A name to reckon with in the world’s technology domain led by women, Sandburg is an activist, and an author too.  A former Google executive, Sandberg was wooed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2007 to take Facebook to a new level, which was then only a startup. And together they did change the tech world with the social media platform. In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. She was largely responsible for, pushing the company toward strong earnings performances with improvements in mobile strategy. For the fifth consecutive year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, placing at No. 7 on the list overall. 

Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube

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With an estimated net worth of $350 million Wojcicki’s stake in Google makes her one of the richest self-made women. She ranks eighth on Forbes’ 2016 Power Women list and is the second most powerful woman in tech after Sandburg. She worked previously as SVP Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she leads all of Google’s ad products, AdWords and AdSense, Analytics and DoubleClick.  Before joining Google, Wojcicki worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and several start-ups. She graduated from Harvard University, holds a master’s in economics from the UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA. Wojcicki has deep Google roots. She rented out her garage to Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1998 where Google was born.

 

Meg Whitman, CEO, HP

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Whitman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as the Chairwoman of HP Inc.

According to Bloomberg, Whitman got stock options worth $11.7 million, some of which are tied to share price goals, for the year ended Oct. 31, according to a regulatory filing Monday. She also got restricted shares worth $19 million that will be hers if she remains on the job through 2018 and meets certain performance targets. The total value of her pay package more than doubled from the prior year, when she ran Hewlett-Packard Co. and orchestrated the split from sister company HP Inc. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company, where she was Vice President of Strategic Planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, Whitman served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, from 1998 to 2008.

 

Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM

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After being with the tech giant for over three decades in various senior positions, IBM CEO Virginia M. Rometty took the helm on Jan 2012, as the 100-year-old company’s first female CEO, replacing longtime Chief Samuel Palmisano, who remains as the company’s chairman. When her appointment was announced in October 2011, Rometty told the New York Times that she does not anticipate changing course abruptly. Yet, Romettty’s first move, on the next day, was to make key management changes followed by a number of acquisitions in the following weeks. Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

Fortune reports that Big Blue’s board is awarding CEO Ginni Rometty a bonus of $4.5 million for 2015—$900,000 more than she received in 2014—despite the company’s less-than-rosy financial situation.

Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP, Apple

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Angela Ahrendts is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Angela is responsible for strategy, real estate & development, and operations of Apple’s physical stores, Apple’s online store and contact centers. Since joining Apple in 2014, Angela has integrated Apple’s physical and digital retail businesses to create a seamless customer experience for over a billion visitors per year with the goal of educating, inspiring, entertaining and enriching communities. Apple employees set the standard for customer service in stores and online, delivering support from highly trained Geniuses and expert advice from Creative Pros to help customers get the most out of their Apple products.

According to Recode, Angela Ahrendts Remains Apple’s Top-Paid Executive, Bringing in $25.8 Million in 2015.

Angela joined Apple from Burberry where she served as Chief Executive Officer and led the company through a period of outstanding global growth. Prior to Burberry, she was Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career served as President of Donna Karan International.

Safra Catz, Co-CEO, Oracle

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The Israel born Safra Ada Catz joined Oracle in 1999 and has been the president of Oracle Corporation since January 2004. She has been appointed as the CFO since 2011. She played a key role in the acquisition of rival PeopleSoft. She is also an independent non-executive director at HSBC Holdings since 2008. Catz was awarded a $56.9 million pay package in 2015, placing her first among women on the Bloomberg Pay Index, a ranking of the 200 best-paid executives at companies that trade on U.S. exchanges.

Ruth Porat, CFO, Alphabet

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Ruth Porat is a British-born American business executive as of May 2015. She was the CFO and Executive Vice President of Morgan Stanley from January 2010 to May 2015. Bloomberg Business reported that her hiring deal included financial incentives that will eventually amount to $70 million by 2016. She has been credited with boosting Google’s share price by reorganizing the Company and imposing financial discipline for the first tim 

(Image courtesy: MacWorld UK (Angela Ahrendts), Fortune.com (Ruth Porat))