75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Travis,-TraceyTracey Travis
SVP, Finance & CFO
Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

Travis, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, has been senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer since January 2005. Travis served as senior vice president, finance of Limited Brands Inc. from April 2002 until August 2004, and chief financial officer of Intimate Brands Inc. from April 2001 to April 2002.

Monica-Walker---Holland-Capital-Management-Office-ProfileMonica L. Walker
President, Chief
Investment Officer-Equity
Holland Capital
Management L.L.C.

A founding partner of Holland Capital Management L.L.C. (No. 11 on the BE Asset Managers  list with $1.3 billion in assets under management), Walker oversees the overall business and financial operations of the Chicago-based firm. She also oversees the research team for the firm’s large-cap and mid-cap growth equity strategies.

Kathy-Waller---Coca-Cola-CoKathy N. Waller
VP & Controller
Coca-Cola Co.

Waller joined Coca-Cola in 1987 and has risen through the ranks to become a solid support in managing the finances of the world’s largest beverage company. Revenues were $31.9 billion this past fiscal year. According to company reports, Coca-Cola is currently on track to deliver $500 million in annualized savings from productivity initiatives by year-end 2011.

Robin-washingtonRobin L. Washington
Gilead Sciences Inc.

In her position since 2008, Washington oversees worldwide finance and investor relations functions of the $5.3 billion biopharmaceutical company, whose revenues have grown 26% since 2007.

Mary-Beth-West---Kraft-FoodsMary Beth West
EVP & Chief
Marketing Officer
Kraft Foods Inc.

As part of Kraft’s executive management team, West, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, is responsible for consumer insights and strategy, integrated marketing communications, consumer services, and sustainability and Tassimo hot beverage business globally.

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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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