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It’s 2020, And 37 Of The Fortune 500 Companies Are Led By Women (Cont.)


13 Women Leading Fortune 500 Companies

What similarities do you notice across the profiles of these 13 incredible women? Please share your thoughts, tagging Women of Martech using @Women Of Martech on LinkedIn and Facebook. 

We’ll be profiling the remaining 24 female Fortune 500 CEOs in the weeks ahead, but success in business doesn’t always mean getting to the tops of the ranks. Do you know a woman within martech who has done amazing things and deserves to have her story amplified? Tell us about her here.

Laura Alber, President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Laura Alber has been in the top spot at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) since 2010, but she’s been with the company since 1994. According to her corporate bio, “Alber considers WSI to be at the poignant intersection of superior lifestyle merchandising and state-of-the-art analytics, positioning the company to outperform competitor lifestyle brands.” Alber is also on the board of directors for Fitbit, a role she’s held since 2016. Six of the 13 executives highlighted on the WSI website are women, including Julie P. Whalen, EVP and CFO; Marta Benson, President of Pottery Barn; Jennifer Kellor, President of Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen; Vicki D. McWilliams, EVP of Retail and Business Sales; and Karalyn Smith, Chief Talent Officer. 

Mary T. Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company

CEO of GM since 2014 and Chairman of the Board since 2016, Mary Barra is at the height of her long-term career with GM that started in 1980, and she’s currently leading GM through an electric-vehicle revolution. Barra also serves on the boards of the Walt Disney Company, the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Detroit Economic Club. Last year, GM appointed their first female CMO, Deborah Wahl.

Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc.

Corie Barry became CEO of Best Buy in 2019 after 20 years with the company and many financial- and operations-related positions. Barry also serves on the board of directors for Domino’s Pizza. The Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for Best Buy is also a woman. Allison Peterson holds this role since 2019.

Gail K. Boudreaux, President and CEO of Anthem

During her long career within health insurance, Gail Boudreaux has led two companies: UnitedHealthcare, as President from 2008 to 2011 and CEO from 2011 to 2014, and as President and CEO of Anthem, a leading health benefits provider that serves nearly 41 million members, since 2017. “Spearheading the charge to modernize--and personalize--the health care space,” in 2019, Boudreaux was listed as one of Fortune’s most powerful women.

Michele Buck, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Hershey

Michele Buck’s CPG career has included roles with Frito Lay, Kraft Foods and Nabisco. With Hershey since 2005, Buck took on company’s top position in 2017, becoming Hershey’s first female CEO. An “unabashed optimist,” Buck has been known to refer to herself as the Chief Energy Officer, saying her job is “to inspire and harness the energy of our people across the business.” Buck also serves on the board of directors for New York Life.

Safra A. Catz, CEO of Oracle Corporation

Safra Catz joined the Oracle board of directors in 2001 and became the company’s CEO in 2014. She’s also “one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent voices on the maturation of digital technology and its effect on global industry,” according to Strategy+Business Editor-in-Chief Art Kleiner. According to Catz, artificial intelligence (AI) will be an enormous driver of change in the near future, allowing businesses to actionalize data and “release resources and people to do much higher-value things.” Catz is also on the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company.

Mary N. Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty

Named CEO of Ulta Beauty in 2013, Mary Dillon has had a diverse career inclusive of leading roles at U.S. Cellular, McDonald’s and PepsiCo. From 2014 to 2018, Ulta’s sales more than doubled, and sales have continued to grow since. In 2017, Dillon noted the success was due in part to establishing Ulta Beauty as “All things beauty all in one place.” She also commented that Ulta was “in all the places that a shopper is engaged digitally to learn about beauty.” Of the eight executives listed on the Ulta Beauty site, half are women, including Jodi Caro, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary; Diane Randolph, Chief Information Officer; and Kecia Steelman, Chief Store Operations Officer and President, International. Earlier this year, Dillon became the Chairperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) board of directors. Dillon is also on the board of Starbucks Corporation and KKR & Co.

Heyward Donigan, President and CEO of Rite Aid Pharmacy

Heyward Donigan became the President and CEO of Rite Aid last year, but she’s held top spots within the health field for much of her career, including executive-level roles at Sapphire Digital (formerly Vitals), Value Options, Premera Blue Cross, CIGNA Healthcare and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional women on the Rite Aid management team include Jessica Kazmaier, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, and Jocelyn Konrad, EVP and Chief Pharmacy Officer.

Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’ Lakes

According to Beth Ford’s corporate bio, her 34-year career spans six industries at seven companies. In addition to being one of 37 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, she is one of only a handful of openly gay Fortune 500 leaders and the first out lesbian to take the helm of a company this size. The Land O’ Lakes leadership team includes three more women: Heather Anfang, SVP of U.S. Dairy Foods; Lisa Deverall, SVP of Feed B2B; Thea Keamy, SVP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development; and Sheilah Stewart, SVP and General Counsel.

Michelle Gass, CEO of Kohl’s

The Kohl’s mission is to “inspire and empower families to lead fulfilled lives.” Michelle Gass has been leading the brand in this endeavor since 2013, first as the Chief Customer Officer, then as the Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer and now as CEO. Called “The Visionary” by the National Retail Federation and named “Executive of the Year” by Retail Dive in 2019 due, Gass has been lauded for her innovations and ability to create growth-focused strategic partnerships, including with WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Planet Fitness and Amazon. Gass believes learning problem solving skills was essential for her growth, and she encourages up-and-coming leaders to follow their passions and stay true to their values while allowing opportunities around them to unfold.

Lynn Good, Chair, President and CEO of Duke Energy

Lynn Good is a designated LinkedIn Influencer, a Fortune Most Powerful Woman and the leader of one of America’s largest energy holding companies and one of America’s Best Employers according to Forbes and one of the World’s Most Admired Companies according to Fortune. At a professional women’s event in 2018, Good told attendees that one of the keys to success is willingness “to stay on a steep learning curve… [it’s] not being afraid to take on a new assignment. Demonstrate some courage when you’re asked to do something when you feel, ‘Wow, am I qualified to do that?’ Take the assignment. Give it your best.”

Tricia Griffith, President and CEO of Progressive

Part of the Progressive team since 1988, Tricia Griffith started as an entry-level employee and, since 2002, has held many leadership positions, including Chief Human Resources Officer, Claims Group President, Personal Lines Chief Operating Officer and now President and CEO. Griffith has also been named to the Barron’s list of 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance and Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women, and she serves on the board of The Children’s Place and the LGBT Employee Resource Group.

Vicki Hollub, President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum

Vicki Hollub began her career with a company that was acquired by Occidental Petroleum and has remained loyal since, holding a variety of management and technical positions across many regions of the world. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University for Science and Technology and Lockheed Martin. She’s also the chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the U.S. chair for the U.S.-Colombia Business Council and a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and the World Economic Forum.

What similarities do you notice across the profiles of these 13 incredible women? Please share tag Women of Martech using @Women Of Martech on LinkedIn and Facebook. 

We’ll be profiling the remaining 24 female Fortune 500 CEOs in the weeks ahead, but success in business doesn’t always mean getting to the tops of the ranks. Do you know a woman within martech who has done amazing things and deserves to have her story amplified? Tell us about her here.

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