International Women’s Day is on March 8th, 2020, and Home Telecom is celebrating the political, cultural, economic and social achievements of women worldwide. In light of this special holiday, we wanted to honor the 12 most influential and powerful women in the tech industry.
1. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg became the first-ever woman to serve on Facebook’s powerful board of directors. She also was on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2012. Before joining Facebook, Sheryl worked as the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of Treasury and was the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations for Google. Her net worth is mostly in stock holdings, which are estimated to be worth over $1.7 billion.
2. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
Susan Wojcicki has a degree from Harvard University and joined Google as their first marketing manager, eventually becoming the Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce. Susan proposed that Google acquire YouTube, and in 2006, she managed the $1.65 billion purchase. The next year, she oversaw the $3.1 billion acquisition for Google of DoubleClick. In 2014, she became CEO of YouTube. Susan believes in balancing work and family and has five children. She, too, has made Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list.
3. Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM
Since 1991, Ginni Rometty has held several roles for IBM, including Chairman and President. In 2011, she was appointed CEO and was the first woman to serve in such a capacity for the mega-corporation. For more than 10 consecutive years, Ginni has been featured in Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and in 2014, she was one of the “World’s Most Powerful People.”
4. Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi
Meg Whitman has a long career, serving in an executive role for many companies, including Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble and eBay. She also served as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is currently the CEO of Quibi and serves on the board of Dropbox. She is among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
5. Marissa Mayer, CEO, Lumi Labs
Since 2012, Marissa Mayer has served as the president and CEO of Yahoo! Before Yahoo!, she worked at Google as a spokesperson and executive for more than 10 years. She is currently the co-founder of Lumi Labs. Time and Fortune Magazine have recognized Marissa.
6. Safra Cataz, Co-CEO, Oracle Corporation
Safra Cataz has worked with Oracle for more than 21 years. In 2001, she joined their Board of Directors and was their president for several years, later becoming their CFO and now co-CEO alongside Mark Hurd. Marissa is also a member of the Executive Council of TechNet, Director of Stellent, Inc. and Director of PeopleSoft, Inc.
7. Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple
Angela Ahrendts was the CEO of Burberry for eight years before joining Apple as their Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. In 2014, she earned $70 million, making her Apple’s highest-paid executive. She has been listed on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World, Fortune’s World’s Most Powerful Women in Business and the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 100 Power List. She also sits on the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s business advisory council.
8. Ruth Porat, CFO, Google
Ruth Porat worked for Morgan Stanley for decades, including serving as their CFO and Executive Vice President. In 2015, she left and accepted a position as the CFO of Google. In 2013, Ruth was considered for the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury but requested to be withdrawn to continue her career with Morgan Stanley. She has been on Forbes’ list for the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
9. Renee James, President, Intel
Working with Intel for more than 25 years, Renee James has served in several different roles, including as the President of the Intel Corporation. She founded Ampere Computing in 2017 and is the CEO and Chairman. Renne is among the most prominent executives and Intel’s highest-ranking woman to date. She made both Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in Business and the Most Powerful Women lists.
10. Amy Hood, CFO, Microsoft
Amy Hood was the first female CFO at Microsoft Corporation and has been with the tech giant since 2002. She had a career with Goldman Sachs before working for Microsoft and holds degrees from both Duke University and Harvard University. She is among Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
12. Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Jenny Lee has a thriving, well-respected career in the Chinese tech scene. As an investor, she has helped to open the Shanghai office for GGV. She is the highest-ranked woman on the Midas List for 2015 and is among Forbes’ Power Women.
While the technology field has a reputation as a male-dominated industry, these women prove that their female gender is no barrier to their unlimited success.