These are the most powerful women in business 2017

It’s been a good year for these executives.

From becoming the first female head of a multinational conglomerate to heading up the largest utility in the U.S., the names on this list embody leadership and empowerment for women in the corporate world. Check out the top 15 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women 2017 list.

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The most powerful women in business 2017


No. 15: Tricia Griffith, President and CEO, Progressive
The 52-year-old successfully moved Progressive into home insurance, selling multiple policies from the company and increasing premiums sold by 14 percent to $23.4 billion in 2016, Fortune says. Its stock price has risen nearly 50 per cent over the past year — but the insurer could be impacted by the 2017 hurricane season.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 23441
Profits ($M) 1031
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 26808.1
(Courtesy Progressive)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 14: Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube, Google, Alphabet
Wojcicki, 49, was instrumental in mitigating the advertiser revolts earlier this year when ads were seen appearing next to offensive content. YouTube is still the top choice for online video ads, despite competition from Apple and Snap.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 90272
Profits ($M) 19478
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 646173.8
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 13: Angela Ahrendts, SVP, Retail, Apple
The former Burberry head was poached by Tim Cook to join Apple in 2014, and the 51-year-old is responsible for the tech giant’s largest store redesign in 15 years, Fortune reports. She’s Apple’s highest-ranking woman and oversees 60,000 retail employees and shapes the experience of over 1 million daily in-store shoppers.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 215639
Profits ($M) 45687
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 817552.3
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 12: Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy, EVP, CVS Health
The 53-year-old heads up an $81 billion operation, even though sales of front-store itens fell 1.5 per cent last year, and have been on the decline since the chain stopped selling tobacco products in its stores in September 2014.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 177526
Profits ($M) 5317
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 84008.9
(Getty Images)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 11: Lynn Good, Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy
The 58-year-old became the first female head of Duke Energy — the largest utility in the U.S. — in 2013. Good has since moved the company away from coal and into natural gas, and also says Duke will invest $11 billion in gas and renewable energy, Fortune says.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 23369
Profits ($M) 2152
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 61245.7
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 10: Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO, Alphabet
Known as ‘Ruth Vader’ around the office at Google, the 59-year-old saw shares jump over 70 per cent since taking the CFO position in May 2015. Google is currently the world’s second-most-valuable company after Apple, Fortune reports, in large part due to Porat’s leadership.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 90272
Profits ($M) 19478
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 646173.8
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 9: Phebe Novakovic, Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
The global aerospace and defense company run by 59-year-old Novakovic is a third more valuable than it was a year ago, Fortune reports. Sales did decline in 2016, however, as government defense spending moved away from General Dynamics’ specialty: boots-on-the-ground technology.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 31353
Profits ($M) 2955
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 59182.6
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 8: Safra Catz, Co-CEO, Oracle
Up two places from number 10 on the list last year, Catz, 55, is in charge of hiring over 5,000 new employees to bolster Oracle’s fastest growing division: The cloud. The cloud business also earned $4.6 billion in the company’s last fiscal year, a 60 per cent increase from the previous year, Fortune reports. Catz was on U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition team.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 37047
Profits ($M) 8901
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 218375.4
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 7: Meg Whitman, CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The 61-year-old is under pressure to fulfil her promises of revenue growth five years after proposing a strategy to save HP. As profits grow, sales are still falling. Whitman was also finalist for the Uber CEO job, Fortune reports.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 50123
Profits ($M) 3161
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 21814.2
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 6: Ginni Rometty, President and CEO, IBM
Rometty, 60, dropped from fourth place on this list last year due to IBM’s shrinking revenue, Fortune reports. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett also sold off a third of his company’s IBM shares, which led to a sharp stock drop. The future is not all bleak for Rometty though, as the company’s revenue from analytics, cloud, mobile, and security is rising.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 79919
Profits ($M) 11872
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 135634.6
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 5: Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Fortune reports Facebook’s 2016 ad revenue growth pushed stock price to a new high under the 48-year-old, rising 57 per cent to $26.9 billion.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 27638
Profits ($M) 10217
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 496501.4
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 4: Abigail Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments
The 55-year-old took over as chariman from her father in 2016, and is currently working on lowering fees on passive pr and allowing account holders to track Bitcoin investments, says Fortune.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) – Unknown
Profits ($M) – Unknown
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) – Unknown

(Courtesy Fidelity)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 3: Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
The 63-year-old governs the company that has the U.S. government as its biggest customer, with Lockheed’s stock price seeing a 26 per cent rise over the past year, according to Fortune.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 50658
Profits ($M) 5302
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 86783.2
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 3: Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
The 61-year-old assumed the position in July 2017 after the company’s profits jumped 16 per cent in 2016. Fortune reports Nooyi also pushed PepsiCo towards healthier products by acquiring kombucha maker KeVita and launching a premium water line.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 62799
Profits ($M) 6329
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 162779
(Canadian Press)

The most powerful women in business 2017

No. 1: Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
For the third consecutive time, 55-year-old Barra tops the list, in no small part due to her pushing the Chevy Bolt EV into the market ahead of Tesla’s Model 3, making it the top-selling non-luxury pure electric car.
Company Financials (2016, or most recently completed fiscal year)
Revenues ($M) 166380
Profits ($M) 9427
Market Value as of 9/14/17 ($M) 56310.6
(Canadian Press)

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