Business Transformation

50 Women CEOs slaying it in 2021

Engati Team
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Nov 11
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10-12 mins

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UNDERRATED

Always underrated.

Talk about opportunities and they have had the least.

Talk about privileges and they have had the least.

Talk about empowerment and they don’t have it at all.

They’ve moved mountains and stopped tsunamis.

They breathe fire and ice.From leading households, to leading multinational companies.

WOMEN have come a long long way.

And they have a long long way to go.

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting to you, the 50 women CEOs who are setting examples for all the women out there.

You go, girl!

Mary Barra
LinkedIn
Chair and Chief Executive Officer at General Motors

Mary Barra is a businesswoman who has been the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of General Motors since 2014. She is the first female CEO of a ‘Big Three’ automaker.

Jane Fraser
LinkedIn
CEO, Citi
Jane Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer of Citi, the world's most global bank, serving millions of consumers, businesses, and institutions across 160 countries and jurisdictions. She is the first female CEO in the firm’s history.

Carol Tome
LinkedIn

Chief Executive Officer at UPS
Carol B. Tomé is the Chief Executive Officer of UPS. She is the 12th CEO in the 114-year history of the company. Before joining UPS, Carol served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers.


Corie Barry
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at Best Buy
Corie Barry is CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 100,000 employees in North America and $47 billion in annual revenue. She also serves on the company’s board of directors.


Lynn Good
LinkedIn
Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer at Duke Energy Corporation
Lynn Good is chair, president,,,, and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Under her leadership, Duke Energy has intensified its focus on serving its customers and communities well today while leading the way to a cleaner, smarter energy future.


Michelle Gass
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at Kohl's
Michelle Gass is the current CEO of Kohl’s Corporation, which is responsible for running the chain of department stores of the same name. As such, Gass has been named one of the most powerful women of the business world by Fortune



Margaret M. Keane
LinkedIn
Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Synchrony
Margaret’s passion for emerging technology, innovation,,,, and employee development has solidified her reputation as a top leader in financial services. She has been consistently recognized as one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” and American Banker’s “Most Powerful Women in Finance.”


Sonia Syngal
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at Gap Inc.
Syngal has been with Gap Inc since 2004. Before joining Gap, Syngal had a long career in Fortune 500 product companies, including Sun Microsystems where she led manufacturing operations, logistics,,,, and supply chain management, and at Ford Motor Co. where she held roles in product design, quality and manufacturing engineering.


Beth Ford
LinkedIn
President and CEO at Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. She is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America to connect people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food. In addition, she is the convener of The American Connection Project to help bridge the digital divide.

Deanna M. Mulligan
LinkedIn
CEO | Advisor at Purposeful
Deanna M. Mulligan is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. She is also a member of Guardian’s Board of Directors.

Mulligan was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2011 and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010. She joined Guardian in 2008 as Executive Vice President in charge of the company’s Individual Life & Disability business. In this role, she was responsible for developing and leading Guardian’s product and business strategy to drive the company’s continued growth in these markets.

Kathleen Mazzarella
LinkedIn
Chairman, President and CEO at Graybar
Kathleen M. Mazzarella holds the position of Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer for Graybar Electric Co., Inc. She is also a Member of The Committee of 200, Member of Vistage Worldwide, Inc.,,,, and Member of Missouri Women’s Forum,,,, and on the board of 8 other companies. In her past career,,,, she was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She received an MBA from Webster University and an undergraduate degree from National-Louis University


Patti Poppe
LinkedIn
​​Chief Executive Officer at PG&E Corporation
Patricia K. Poppe is the Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco-based PG&E Corporation. Poppe joined PG&E in January 2021 after five years as President and CEO of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, where she focused on connecting the utility more closely with its customers and adapting lean operating system principles throughout the business.



Shradha Sharma
LinkedIn
Founder & CEO at YourStory Media
Shradha Sharma is the Founder and Chief Editor of YourStory. Shradha lives her life in stories. And believes, every story is unique and every story matters. Armed with degrees from St. Stephens College, Delhi,,,, and MICA, Ahmedabad, before founding YourStory Shradha worked with Times of India and CNBC TV18. In 2015, she was selected from the list of 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world. Also in 2015 (March),,,, Sharma received the L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for Online Influence.

Kristin Peck
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at SAIC
Kristin Peck was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Zoetis in January 2020. In this role, she leads the world’s leading animal health company, a Fortune 500 organization with approximately $6 billion in annual revenue and 10,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Peck is also a member of the Zoetis Board of Directors.

Poonam Barua
LinkedIn
CEO WILL Forum India
Poonam Barua preaches gender parity at the workplace. She talks about how companies approach women leaders. She highlights that a change in mindset across hierarchies will lead to diversity in boardrooms. She’s also the author of the book ‘leadership by Proxy’ — which talks about women in corporate India. She co-founded the “Rise & Lead Women’s Summit” in the Netherlands and joined the advisory board of the “Global Women Connect” in Hong Kong

Adena T. Friedman
LinkedIn
President and CEO of Nasdaq
Adena currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq. In this role, She is looking at overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth, and expansion.


Reshma Kewalramani
LinkedIn
CEO and President at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., FASN, is the Chief Executive Officer and President at Vertex. Dr. Kewalramani has dedicated her career to improving the lives of patients, including the last 15+ years through the development of new medicines. She joined Vertex in 2017 and was previously the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs.

Karen S. Lynch
LinkedIn
​​President and Chief Executive Officer at CVS Health
As President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health, Karen S. Lynch is focused on supporting individuals during every meaningful moment of health throughout their lifetime. With a team of more than 300,000 colleagues, she lead CVS Health’s strategy to transform health care to be simpler, more convenient and more personalized. We are working to create a health system that will help you wherever you are – in the community, in the home, and digitally – with solutions that connect and simplify everyday interactions.

Judy Marks
Linkedin
President & CEO, Otis Elevator Co.
A driven, proven leader who is committed to growing and transforming businesses through serving and delighting customers, engaging and motivating colleagues and generating positive top line and bottom line business results for shareholders.President & CEO of Otis Elevator Co., the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 167 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in approximately 200 countries and territories.

Julie Sweet
LinkedIn
Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Accenture
Julie Sweet is chair and chief executive officer of Accenture. She became CEO in September 2019 and assumed the additional position of chair in September 2021. Previously, she served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Prior to that, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary, and chief compliance officer for five years. Before joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Jennifer Hyman
LinkedIn
CEO, Co-Founder,,,, and Chair of the Board at Rent the Runway
As President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health, Karen is focused on supporting individuals during every meaningful moment of health throughout their lifetime. With a team of more than 300,000 colleagues, she leads CVS Health’s strategy to transform health care to be simpler, more convenient and more personalized. We are working to create a health system that will help you wherever you are – in the community, in the home, and digitally – with solutions that connect and simplify everyday interactions.


Thasunda Brown Duckett
LinkedIn
President & CEO at TIAA
Thasunda Brown Duckett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused investment solutions to millions of people working in higher education, healthcare and other mission-driven organizations.


Susan Wojcicki
LinkedIn
CEO of YouTube
Topping virtually every list of female tech CEOs is Susan Wojcicki. Google’s sixteenth employee and initial marketing manager, Wojcicki contributed to the development of Google Images and AdSense as she rose up the ranks. The Silicon Valley native and mother of five eventually suggested the acquisition of YouTube and became its CEO in 2014.


Sonia Cheng
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at Rosewood Hotel Group
Sonia leads a team of seasoned industry professionals to strategically expand Rosewood Hotel Group’s portfolio and position our distinctive hotel brands to maximize market shares.

Rosewood Hotel Group is a privately-owned company comprising of ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts, and KHOS™, a dynamic global business lifestyle hotel brand.


Maggie Timoney
LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer at HEINEKEN USA
Maggie is a strategic, international leader with a track record in delivering results by redefining commercial growth strategies, operationalising plans and developing teams in order to deliver revenue and profit improvements.

Anne Wojcicki
LinkedIn
Co-Founder, 23andMe, Inc.
Anne Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics.

Resham Saujani
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She is the author of three books, including the International Bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, Women Who Don't Wait In Line and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog, Stanley.


Sara Blakely
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO of SPANX
Sara Blakely is the founder and CEO of SPANX! Spanx is known for inventing smarter, more comfortable, must-haves for women including leggings, activewear, bras, undies, Arm Tights™, jeans and of course our famous shapewear which creates the perfect, smooth canvas under clothes! She started SPANX in 2000 with $5,000 in personal savings. She is a big believer in following one’s instincts and taking unique approaches to business.


Lisa Lutoff-Perlo
LinkedIn
President & CEO at Celebrity Cruises
One of the few American women leading a multi-billion-dollar company, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is a trailblazer in the global hospitality industry. She is recognized as the driving force behind transforming and re-defining today’s new luxury cruise experience and building demand with unparalleled brand vision and stewardship; award-winning guest service and operational expertise; and an innate ability for building high-performing, culturally-inclusive teams, among others.


Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
LinkedIn

Executive Chairperson at Biocon Biologics
A pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India and the head of the country’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon, Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a highly respected businesswoman. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw, a first generation entrepreneur, has made her country proud with a globally recognized biopharmaceutical enterprise that is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering world-class therapeutics to patients globally. She has been recognized with the Padma Shri (1989) & the Padma Bhushan (2005), two of India’s prestigious civilian honors.

Lorraine Hariton
LinkedIn
CEO Catalyst, Board Member Quotient Technology
Lorraine Hariton is CEO of Catalyst where she works with CEOs of some of the largest corporations to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. Ms. Hariton’s expertise includes technology (cloud computing, telecommunications, IoT, retail POS, music technology, speech recognition, and cybersecurity), entrepreneurship, enterprise sales and marketing, global board service, business, diversity, and inclusion, government affairs, STEM and digital transformation.

Tory Burch
LinkedIn
Founder, Designer & Executive Chairman, Tory Burch
Tory Burch is the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Tory Burch LLC, an American lifestyle brand. In 2009, she launched the Tory Burch Foundation to advance women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the United States by providing access to capital, education and digital resources, as well as a Fellowship program. Tory also serves on several boards including the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In addition, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Helena Helmersson
LinkedIn
CEO H&M Group
Long-time H&M executive Helena Helmersson has driven several initiatives to improve sustainability at the Swedish fast fashion giant. Named the most important businessperson of the year by Sweden’s leading business journal in 2014, Helena Helmersson has been part of H&M since 1997, when she joined as a budget controller in the buying office.


Clara Shih
LinkedIn
CEO of Service Cloud at Salesforce
Cara Shih is the CEO of Salesforce Service Cloud, founder and board chair of Hearsay Systems, angel investor, and author of The Facebook Era. Her interests are- B2B, B2C, social selling, human-centric digital experience, automation and the future of work and more


Sue Nabi
LinkedIn
CEO chez Coty
Sue Y. Nabi is the Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc. She is a true veteran in the beauty space, with roughly 30 years of experience across key strategic focus areas for Coty. This includes a track record of success across the mass and luxury channels, and across the core fragrances, color cosmetics, and skincare categories, as well as successful brand building across key international markets.


​​Sallie Krawcheck
LinkedIn
CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest
Krawcheck is the CEO of Ellevest, a women’s-focused investment platform she cofounded in 2014 and launched in 2016.  Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck had a powerful career on Wall Street, serving as the CEO of Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and Sanford C. Bernstein. She also worked at Citi, first as the bank’s CFO and then as its head of wealth management, a role she held until the 2008 financial crisis.

Angela Ahrendts
LinkedIn
CEO Burberry
Ahrendts made her mark as CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014, where she doubled revenues of the old-line British clothing company. She garnered significant experience in women’s fashion, working as executive vice president at Liz Claiborne and as president of Donna Karan. She sits on the boards of Ralph Lauren, Airbnb and advertising giant WPP.

Jilliene Helman
LinkedIn
CEO, RealtyMogul
Co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, real estate crowdfunding marketplace. Jilliene Helman is co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, the largest online marketplace for accredited investors to pool money and crowdfund pre-vetted real estate investments.



Kathryn Minshew
LinkedIn
Founder & CEO at The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is CEO & Co-Founder of The Muse, a career platform that helps over 50 million people as they seek career satisfaction.  Minshew is also the author of “The New Rules of Work,” a modern playbook to guide people through the new world of work.  Prior to founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccine introduction in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Tina Mueller
LinkedIn
Group CEO Douglas
Tina Müller is an international business leader, author, and activist. She is a beauty industry expert (with over 20 years of experience in the field). Tina is currently the CEO of Douglas and a true purpose driven innovator at heart. Always seeking novel, better and more efficient ways to solve problems and reach visions. At Douglas, she’s successfully steering the #FORWARDBEAUTY.DIGITALFIRST strategy, creating the leading European beauty platform with new and disruptive digital technologies to ensure Douglas expands its number 1 position as beauty destination for European customers.


Arianna Huffington
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO at Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. 


Dr. Ayesha Khanna
LinkedIn
CEO, Addo AI
Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government's agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country's digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision.

Val Yap
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO of AMDT PolicyPal
Val is the CEO and Founder of PolicyPal, Asia's leading insurtech startup, acquired by AMTD Digital, part of AMTD Group, Asia's leading comprehensive financial services conglomerate. During the first year of startup, she bootstrapped the company and brought it to be the first graduate of Singapore regulatory MAS FinTech sandbox. PolicyPal raised funding from Fenbushi Capital, 500 Startups, PayPal and Altara Ventures. Over the five years, we grew the company to serve individuals and SMES with over $2 billion coverage and manage over $70 million premiums.


Anna Vanessa Haotanto
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO at The New Savvy
Anna Haotanto is the Managing Partner & COO of ABZD Capital and the Managing Director & CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is also the founder (former CEO) of The New Savvy – Asia’s leading financial, investments and career platform for women.


Tima Elhajj
LinkedIn
CEO and Founder of Tima Media & Consulting
Tima Elhajj runs a Purpose Driven business where we help SME’s & ASX Listed Companies create Purpose Driven Content that will position them as the AUTHORITY in their industry.

Shay Rowbottom
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO of Shay Rowbottom Marketing and Shay Rowbottom Healing
Shay Rowbottom is the CEO of Shay Rowbottom Marketing, a company that helps executives and founders generate revenue by creating LinkedIn videos. She is an influencer and an entrepreneur who specializes in LinkedIn marketing and viral video production. Previously, she was the COO and Co-Founder of Margle, where she helped publishers create viral videos on Facebook. 

Ashley Sumner
LinkedIn
CEO & Founder of Quilt
Ashley Sumner spent her entire career (10+ years) building communities offline. She has connected thousands of people by designing spaces and experiences that foster deep meaningful connection. She believes that connection, to self and others, is how we heal, which is why she dedicate all of her time to this work and wake up every day inspired.

Sairee Chahal
LinkedIn
Founder and CEO of  SHEROES
Sairee Chahal founded SHEROES - a platform and an ecosystem for women with over 20 million women. A safe and trusted, #takecharge space for women SHEROES members find connections, content, community, counselling and commerce via the SHEROES platform.  SHEROES ecosystem is crafting women’s internet with 500 million in sight.

Sarah Wood
LinkedIn
Co-founder and CEO of Unruly
Sarah is currently a board member at decision augmentation company Signal AI, and at Tech Nation, the growth platform for ambitious tech entrepreneurs. She invests in UK tech startups and scaleups and is an advisor at AccelerateHer, City Ventures (City, University of London) and Byway Travel. Sarah is a a trustee at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a mentor at The Hatchery incubator (UCL) and author of "Stepping Up: How to Accelerate Your Leadership Potential," the best-selling business book that calls for more diverse, digital and empathetic business leaders.

Gina Bianchini
LinkedIn
CEO & Co-Founder of Mighty Networks.
Gina Bianchini is the CEO & Co-Founder of Mighty Networks, the premiere SaaS platform for creators and brands to start and grow communities they own. It is the easiest way for new creators to get started with memberships, events, and live online courses, while established brands, organizations, and successful creators use Mighty Networks to level up their business on their own branded iOS, iPad, and Android apps. 


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Note: The influencers in this list are selected based on their research work, social media influence & followership, achievements, and association with the innovation in the AI domain. This article is not intended to convey any form of ranking amongst the influencers listed here.


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