Margaret Thatcher is known for having said that men talk but women act. Although the truth of this statement is up to debate, neuroscientists have reported significant differences between the thought patterns of men and women. These findings do not mean men are better leaders than women, despite the fact that there are more men than women in leadership positions. The world is slowly embracing the need to have more women leaders. Currently, there are about 22 female prime ministers or presidents in the world. There are also around a dozen women who serve as executives of Fortune 500 firms. The following is a list of three renowned women CEOs:
She is the chief executive officer and chairperson of Kraft foods. This is the second biggest food company in the world. Before being appointed to Kraft Foods in 2006, Rosenfeld served as CEO of Frito-Lay- a firm where she made her mark in the campaign for healthy food choices. It is under her tenure that Kraft Foods purchased the British brand Cadbury for a whopping 10 billion pounds.
In 2008, Rosenfeld was ranked sixth on the “50 Women Watch list” of Wall Street’s Journal and in 2011; she came in at 10th place on Forbes’ list of the “Most Powerful Women”.
Ursula M. Burns
Ursula M. Burns has a touching story of rising from rags to riches. Burns grew up in the projects of New York under the care of a single mother. She was appointed as an engineering intern at Xerox in 1980 and from there started climbing the ranks. In 2001, Burns saved the company from declaring bankruptcy and it was not until 2009 that she became CEO of the company. Burns became the first Black American woman to serve as a CEO for a high profile company. Burns’ most notable achievement is her acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services together with 77,000 of its employees.
McGalla was raised in a family of two elder brothers. Growing up, McGalla was encouraged by her parents to work hard and express her ideas confidently without paying attention to the audience. She was also taught that gender was not a limiting factor, and this is what helped her according to bizjournals profile come from being a teen retailer to managing a revenue of 3 billion dollars, an e-commerce site and four brands. McGalla has never justified herself as a woman to get preferential treatment or get out of a tricky situation. In fact, she discusses sports the same way she does shopping, one of the factors that allows her to converse with anyone.
Susan McGalla is a 41-year-old businesswoman who serves as the president and chief merchandising officer of the renowned American Eagle Outfitters brand. McGalla also serves on the boards of Magee Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation and HFF Inc. HFF Inc is traded publicly and offers real estate services. McGalla was formerly a director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development.