Fortune’s Most Powerful Women 2015
We feature all sorts of elites on The Life Elite, from athletes and actors to royalty and socialites. All-too often, however, it is easy to forget about those with less celebrity power. These are the people featured in Wall Street Journal, not on TMZ. In addition to being big-shot bosses, the top-ranking members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women of 2015 have made some serious business gains. Here are the top five in the 18th annual list.
#1 Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors
GM is America’s largest auto maker, and this marks the second year that Mary Barra (pictured above) has led its charge. In 2014, the company’s profits dropped 26% as a result of spending $2.9 billion on recalls. This year, Barra led the company toward brighter days with $156 billion in sales.
#2 Indra Nooyi – CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo
With nine years in the top spot at PepsiCo under her belt and a slew of high marks on “most powerful women” lists, it is clear that Nooyi is a business genius. Despite the changing dietary habits of consumers, she led the corporation to a 4% revenue growth in 2014.
#3 Ginni Rometty – CEO, Chairman and President of IBM
IBM hasn’t been doing too great. The steady nose dive jumped again last year, when revenue dropped by 6%. This now puts Rometty at number three overall (she was number one on last year’s list), but she is currently restructuring IBM’s focus. Who knows where she (or the company) will be next year.
#4 Marillyn Hewson – CEO, Chairman and President of Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin is an aerospace and tech company that often serves federal agencies. In two years as CEO, Hewson has doubled the company’s market cap. She did so by shifting Lockheed’s focus toward building military hardware.
#5 Ellen Kullman – CEO and Chairman of DuPont
DuPont is a chemicals conglomerate worth billions and Kullman is leading its charge. Most recently she beat out an activist. Nelson Peltz attempted to split up the corporation and nominate his own board candidates after a slight downward shift in profits last year.