75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Cathy-Ross-FedEx-Express--33369Cathy D.  Ross
FedEx Express
FedEx Corp.

Ross, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, oversees the worldwide financial affairs of FedEx Express, including financial planning, financial analysis, reporting and forecasting, and global controller oversight functions. She manages more than 2,000 finance professionals throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and Latin America.

StaceyRyanCornStacey Ryan-Cornelius
Senior Partner,
Worldwide Controller
Ogilvy & Mather

In this role, Ryan-Cornelius oversees internal and external financial accounting and reporting, as well as the analysis of the firm’s 450 operating companies for the international advertising, marketing, and public relations agency. She also works with the CEO and CFO to manage the company’s global finances.

Debra-SandlerDebra Sandler
Chief Consumer Officer
Mars Inc.

The former worldwide president of McNeil Nutritionals, maker of the world’s No. 1 sugar substitute, Splenda, Sandler is now chief consumer officer for Mars Inc., maker and distributor of confections, snacks, pet food, and other products sold in more than 150 countries. She was BE’s 2008 Corporate Executive of the Year and is one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.

Kim-D.-SaundersKim D. Saunders
President & CEO
M&F Bancorp, Inc.

As president and CEO at M&F (No.11 on the BE Banks list with $270.3 million in assets), Saunders has guided the bank through its first acquisition in 85 years with Mutual Community Savings Bank. The bank is now worth more than $260 billion and based in five major North Carolina cities: Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte.

Suzanne-ShankSuzanne Shank
President & CEO
Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C.

Shank has been president and CEO since the municipal finance firm (No. 6 in taxable securities with $21 million in lead issues and No. 1 in tax-exempt securities with $5.3 billion in lead issues on the BE Investment Banks list) opened in 1996. With 18 offices nationally, the firm has managed deals for state and local governments across the country totaling more than $550 billion.

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  • Tammie Higgs

    Some of us have been leading the way for years and I want to thank BE for showcasing some of our best. Congrats to all listed and may you have continued success in your endeavors. This is my motivation to keep rising to the top!
    Thank you.

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  • David Anderson

    This magazine is stupid. Would a magazine for all whites be racist???

    • Patricia

      this magazine seems stupid for you because you are the target.

      • http://www.cityglobalevents.com cameka smith

        There is magazine called Entrepreneur and it’s graced with plenty of white people. Is that racist? You don’t like it don’t read it…America the land of the free.

    • Michael Littlejohn

      David – Is “Men’s Health” sexist as it caters to men? What about “Woman’s Day”? Does “Cat Fancy” discriminate against dog owners? The magazine industry is built on a foundation of catering to unique, and diverse, groups. You are free, my friend, to buy any magazine you wish…. or not.

    • Trevanian

      Almost all magazines in America are for the majority of the population (i.e., white people). Just look at who appears on the covers. Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, all cover business issues for their constituency. BUt maybe I should no use such big words – if you don’t understand the need for a trade journal or special interest magazine, a rational explanation would certainly be over your head.

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  • Patricia

    this magazine seems stupid for you because you are not the target.

  • http://blackenterprise.com Yvette Sledge

    I have always enjoyed reading about our Outstanding Leaders in your magazine through the last 30+ years. I am always very proud to see so many women in powerful positions. I remember when we weren’t even hired to be a secretary for some of those companies.
    Thank you, Black Enterprise, for continuing to provide a vehicle of hope for all our children.

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  • samantha samuels

    When we respond to people that are ignorant, we lower our standards. We need to educate them if they choose to be educated, if not then leave them to their own ignorants. This magazine is great because it give’s someone like myself hope and encouragement to continue getting my education and persue my dreams.

  • http://www.NextBigThings.ORG Jon

    Great list and great profiles.
    Keep up the fantastic work BE!

  • http://www.NextBigThings.ORG Jon

    Very well done Sonia Alleyne!

  • Solomon Robeson

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Julia Brown speak on several occasions, and found her to be one of the sharpest business minds I have encountered in my career.

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  • shields

    I met Ursula Burns in Rochester,ny and she is a pleaure to be around! She is amazing just what
    this world need is change.

  • Murtaza Kapaasi

    The following name is missed in the complete list (http://www.blackenterprise.com/top-75-women) : Ursula M. Burns, CEO, Xerox Corp (here displayed on page 4). (i.e. only 74 name listed there) and also several up-downs in presentation serial numbers.

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  • kala george

    im doing a report about Gwendolyn l. butler and i would love to someone like her some day and that will take hard work.

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