Girls! Who run this mutha-?!?
It’s been a hundred years and zero women have held the top position at IBM but all that will change when Virginia “Ginny” Rometty takes the reins as CEO of the technology company.
Rometty will join a list that includes Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO, who was named as CEO of Hewlett-Packard in September. The moves will make two women the head of two of the top tech companies.
“Ginni’s long-term strategic thinking and client focus are seen in our growth initiatives, from cloud computing and analytics to the commercialization of Watson. She brings to the role of CEO a unique combination of vision, client focus, unrelenting drive, and passion for IBMers and the company’s future. I know the board agrees with me that Ginni is the ideal CEO to lead IBM into its second century,” outgoing CEO Sam Palmisano said in a statement.
The 54-year-old strategic thinker will begin her role at the top on Jan. 1. And, on the same day next year, over at Mylan Inc., Heather Bresch will take on her new role of CEO at the pharmaceutical company. The three appointments in the last few weeks will help boost the amount of women CEOs to record numbers.
According to USA Today, only 16 women have headed up Fortune 500 companies at the same time. But, pending no shakeups before the New Year, the total number of women leading Fortune 500 companies will rise to 18.
Play on playas!!
Flip the script to see 10 of these 18 amazing women and the companies they represent.
CEO of Xerox
CEO of WellPoint
CEO of KeyCorp
CEO of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
CEO of Sempra Energy
CEO of Campbell Soup
CEO of DuPont
Garcia C. Martore
CEO of Gannett Co.
CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club
CEO of Sunoco