Female engineers who have achieved top jobs at major companies
Fortune Magazine is known for keeping track of how executives and business leaders rank against their peers. In a recent look at the Fortune 1000, they found that 51 of these companies were led by women; still a small percentage, but an improvement over 2009. And while only 5% of these companies have females in the top job, their companies generate 7% of the Fortune 1000 revenue.
These executive women lead some impressive companies including IBM, General Motors, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland and Fidelity Investments to name a few. And many share one other common trait, they have engineering backgrounds. In fact, 4 out of the 5 top female CEOs in the U.S. have at least an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.
Let’s take a look at some of these impressive leaders
IBM CEO, President and Chairman, Ginni Rometty, began her education with a double major in computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University. Spending most of her professional career at IBM, Rometty held positions on increasing responsibility until being named the company’s first female president in 2012.