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50 Most Powerful Women in Business

50 Most Powerful Women in Business

At present, women have power unlike never before and the power grows. Power is not something somebody gives; power is something one should take. Women have taken this power and by way of realistic measures. Old obstacles like gender barriers have almost been overcome. This is obviously seen in the business world where women and men are sharing responsibilities and opportunities based on qualifications and not on gender. Actually, women have contributed significantly to developments in business. Let's take a brief look at 50 most powerful women in business for year 2011 and see how they've assisted in shaping the business world as we know it today.

  1. Irene Rosenfeld- Rosenfeld has been working in the food and beverage industry since 25 years. She started her career in New York at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample advertising and afterward she joined General Foods in consumer research. Rosenfeld was appointed CEO of Kraft Foods in June 2006. In March 2007, she was appointed as a Chairman following Altria Group's spin-off of Kraft.
    Rosenfeld made a big show of power this year with her decision to break Kraft into 2 firms, a turnaround of her earlier tactic of expanding through acquirements (such as the purchase of Cadbury in 2010). Her new responsibility has not been determined but she intends to remain Chief Executive Officer until the deal’s anticipated close in 2012.
  2. Indra Nooyi- In year 1994 Nooyi joined PepsiCo and was named CFO and president in 2001. Nooyi has aimed at the organization’s universal strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo's reformation, comprising the 1997 disinvestment of its restaurants into Tricon, now recognized as Yum! Brands. She was also associated with the acquirement of Tropicana in year 1998, and amalgamation with Quaker Oats Company that also fetched Gatorade to PepsiCo. In year 2007 she became the 5th CEO in the 44 year history of PepsiCo.
    On Nooyi's watch, PepsiCo has marched ahead into nutrition-oriented items, a business that the firm is attempting to grow to $30bn in 2020 from about $10bn in 2010. But Nooyi has been condemned for taking off her eye from the key North American soda business that has continued missing market share to Coke.
  3. Patricia Woertz- In year 2006, Patricia Ann Woertz became Chief Executive Officer of AMD (Archer Daniels Midland) whipping out four other contenders. Previously an Executive V.P. at Chevron Corporation, Woertz left to hunt Chief Executive Officer opportunities.
    The processor of agricultural products such as corn, wheat and oil seeds increased fiscal 2011 sales thanks to amplified demand. The onetime accountant and earlier oil executive has pressed into developing areas like South America, with tactics to build a soybean facility in Paraguay and a biodiesel plant in Brazil.

Here is a list of other business women who didn’t make into the top 3, but nonetheless contributed a great deal in revolutionizing the business processes in 2011.

  1. Ellen Kullman- DuPont
  2. Angela Braly- Wellpoint
  3. Andrea Jung- Avon Products
  4. Ginni Rometty- IBM
  5. Ursula Burns- Xerox
  6. Meg Whitman- Hewlett-Packard
  7. Sherilyn McCoy- Johnson & Johnson
  8. Safra Catz- Oracle
  9. Sheryl Sandberg- Facebook
  10. Melanie Healey- Procter & Gamble
  11. Anne Sweeney- The Walt Disney Company
  12. Carol Meyrowitz- The TJX Companies
  13. Oprah Winfrey- Harpo
  14. Jan Fields- McDonalds
  15. Abigail Johnson- Fidelity Investments
  16. Susan Wagner- BlackRock
  17. Charlene Begley- General Electric
  18. Denise Morrison- Campbell Soup
  19. Susan Chambers- Wal-Mart Stores
  20. Rosalind Brewer- Wal-Mart
  21. Mary Callahan Erdoes- J.P. Morgan Chase
  22. Deirdre Connelly- GlaxoSmithKline
  23. Pamela Nicholson- Enterprise Holdings
  24. Marillyn Hewson- Lockheed Martin
  25. Susan Wojcicki- Google
  26. Joanne Maguire- Lockheed Martin
  27. Gail Boudreaux- UnitedHealth Group
  28. Gina Drosos- Procter & Gamble
  29. Kathleen Murphy- Fidelity Investments
  30. Linda Gooden- Lockheed Martin
  31. Linda Hudson- BAE Systems, Inc.
  32. Lynn Elsenhans- Sunoco
  33. Bonnie Hammer- Comcast
  34. Maggie Wilderotter- Frontier Communications
  35. Marissa Mayer- Google
  36. Bridget Van Kralingen-IBM
  37. Abbe Raven- A&E Television Networks
  38. Phebe Novakovic- General Dynamics
  39. Ilene Gordon- Corn Products Intl.
  40. Lauren Zalaznick- Comcast
  41. Laura Sen- BJ's Wholesale Club
  42. Debra Reed- Sempra Energy
  43. Shari Ballard- Best Buy
  44. Deanna Mulligan- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  45. Meredith Whitney- Meredith Whitney Advisors
  46. Beth Mooney- KeyCorp
  47. Amy Pascal- Sony