75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Linda-Gooden---Lockheed-MartinLinda R. Gooden
EVP, Information
Systems & Global Services
Lockheed Martin

Gooden, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, oversees 54,000 professionals who operate in all 50 U.S. states and about 60 countries. As a whole, they provide integrated information technology solutions, systems, and services to support worldwide missions of civil, defense, intelligence, and other government customers. Gooden’s division generated $11.6 billion in sales in 2008.

Kim-Goodman---American-ExpressKim Goodman
EVP, Merchant
Services Americas
American Express

In the position since 2007, Goodman, one of  BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s relationships with American Express Card merchants in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

Mirian-Graddick-Weir---MerckMirian M. Graddick-Weir
EVP, Human Resources
Merck & Co., Inc.

Graddick-Weir, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, is responsible for all aspects of human resources for Merck’s 100,000 colleagues worldwide. She joined Merck in 2006 from AT&T, where she was executive vice president of human resources and employee communications since 2004.

Angela-GuyAngela Guy
L’Oreal USA

Guy is the top executive for the SoftSheen-Carson division of L’Oreal USA, a leading beauty products company. In this capacity she oversees all aspects of the SoftSheen-Carson ethnic brand in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. SoftSheen-Carson brands include Dark & Lovely and Magic Shave.

Carla-HARRIS-PHOTOCarla A. Harris
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

With Morgan Stanley since 1987, Harris’ recent focus within the firm has been the strategic client group at MS Investment Management. In that role, the Wall Street veteran provides investment advice to corporations, public pension plans, foundations, and endowments. The company’s emerging managers’ platform is also under her leadership.

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27 Responses to 75 Most Powerful Women In Business

  1. Tammie Higgs says:

    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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  3. David Anderson says:

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

    • Patricia says:

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

    • Michael Littlejohn says:

      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 says:

      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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  5. Patricia says:

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

  6. 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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  8. samantha samuels says:

    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.

  9. Jon says:

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

  10. Jon says:

    Very well done Sonia Alleyne!

  11. Solomon Robeson says:

    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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  13. shields says:

    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.

  14. Murtaza Kapaasi says:

    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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  17. kala george says:

    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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