Last week The Secret Lounge held it’s 2nd “Professional Women’s Night Out” event. It was a great success and a great time. One of the main topics that was discussed was the most powerful women in business and how did they achieve their success. With the right strive, motivation, and confidence any woman can reach the top. The following are the top 5 most powerful women in business in the US:
1. Ginni Rometty
President and CEO of IBM
A 31-year IBM veteran, Rometty has been a key supporting player in some of Big Blue’s biggest transformations: She managed the $3.5 billion PwC Consulting acquisition that launched IBM in the services business, and with chairman Sam Palmisano worked to develop the five-year growth plan. As CEO, she’s now in charge of delivering on it.
2. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
Profits and revenue increased at Pepsi in 2011, but investors have been wary that Nooyi’s push into “good for you” products comes at the expense of the company’s core offerings. In January the board publicly backed her, and she’s since revamped management and boosted profits dramatically.
3. Meg Whitman
President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
HP’s $127 billion in annual sales, gives Whitman huge power.
4. Irene Rosenfeld
Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods
Rosenfeld is the mastermind behind the planned division of Kraft Foods into two companies on Oct. 1, 2012. She will lead Mondelez International, the snacking business, and have responsibility for $35 billion in revenue (vs. $54.4 billion under her control presplit). She’ll retain brands such as Oreo, Ritz, and Tang.
5. Ellen Kullman
Chair of the board and CEO of DuPont
Kullman, who became CEO of DuPont in 2009, continues her restructuring of the 210-year-old chemical company. Earlier this year she sold its autopaints business for $4.9 billion; analysts expect the CEO to push the company deeper into agriculture and nutrition.
These women are an inspiration for all women throughout the country. They prove that women can be great leaders, and that we are not a force to be messed with in Corporate America.