50 Most Powerful Black Women In Business

From the executive suite to the BE 100s, these dynamos are changing the direction of American business

American Advisory Board.
– Carolyn M. Brown

ANN FUDGE Chairwoman & CEO Y&R and Young & Rubicam Brands New York, NY Age: 54
Clout: As head of Y&R and Young and Rubicam Brands, Fudge manages a marketing powerhouse that includes Y&R advertising, Burson-Marsteller public relations, Wunderman direct and database marketing, and Sudler & Hennessey healthcare communications. In previous jobs, she developed a 20-year track record of strengthening household brands such as Maxwell House Coffee, Kool-Aid, and Jell-O. Fudge serves on General Electric’s board of directors, the Harvard Board of Overseers, and as a trustee of the Brookings Institution.

VICKI L. FULLER SVP & Senior Portfolio Manager Alliance Capital Management Corp. New York, NY Age: 48
Clout: Working at Alliance Capital Management — which has nearly $550 billion in assets under management — has kept Fuller’s plate full. From endowments to foundations, pension plans to individuals, Fuller and her team oversee an extensive platform of fixed income portfolios. With 24 years of investment experience, she is a senior member of both the fixed income strategy committee and the management committee. Prior to joining Alliance in 1993, Fuller worked for Equitable Capital Management Corp. and later for Morgan Stanley. She’s a certified public accountant and her board affiliations include Mercy Center and Women for the Apollo.

LINDA GOODEN President, Information Technology Lockheed Martin Seabrook, MD. Age: 52
Clout: Under Gooden’s leadership, Lockheed Martin has become a vital force in post-9-11 America. Working with the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, and the FBI, Gooden’s department improves the efficiency of federal agencies while allowing them to share information securely. In seven years, she has expanded the unit from a 140-member strike team to a 16,000-person division that grossed more than $2 billion in 2005. Gooden is the 2006 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year award and serves on the boards of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

GLENDA GOODLY MCNEAL SVP & General Manager, Retail & Emerging Industries, Establishment Services, North America American Express New York, NY. Age: 45
Clout: A top executive at the $29.1 billion financial services monolith, McNeal manages American Express’ largest and most complex customer relationships; she orchestrates retail campaigns to expand revenue streams. During her 17-year tenure at the company, she has held key marketing and sales positions. She chairs the marketing committee of the Pepsi Ethnic Consumer Advisory Board and serves on the board of the National Retail Federation.

KIM GREEN Executive VP Willis Global Risk Solutions New York, NY. Age: 43
Clout: A calculated risk taker, Green joined Willis in 2003 to head up the newly formed consumer goods practice. Roughly 10% of the firm’s $2.2 billion in revenues has been attributed to her business expertise. Prior to joining the company, she was a senior vice president at Aon Risk Services. Green started her career in insurance at Chubb & Son Inc. and has more than 23 years of industry experience. She later launched her own insurance brokerage firm, MGIS Inc., which she sold

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