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Indra K. Nooyi - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company with nearly 300,000 employees worldwide. Nooyi has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and has been at the forefront of PepsiCo’s sustainability initiative, a promise to do what’s right for the business by doing what’s right for people and the planet.
Ursula Burns – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox; Leadership Advisor
Ursula Burns joined Xerox Corporation as an intern in mechanical engineering and today leads the global company of 140,000 people who serve clients in over 160 countries. Burns received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. In 2009 she was named Chief Executive Officer of Xerox, and in 2010 she was also named Chairman. Burns also provides leadership counsel to community, educational and non-profit organizations and is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering and math.
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns is the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company.
Zhang Xin, CEO and Co-founder SOHO China
Zhang Xin is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in China today, as CEO of commercial real estate development company SOHO China. She is also deeply involved in philanthropy, launching the SOHO China Foundation, which aims to alleviate poverty by advancing education. Zhang Xin was born in Beijing and moved to Hong Kong as a teenager before studying economics at the University of Sussex in England. She later graduated with a Master's degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University, and started a career in investment banking. In 1995 Zhang Xin launched SOHO China with her husband and is responsible for conceptualizing all development projects.
Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank Limited
Chanda Kochhar began her career with ICICI as a Management Trainee in 1984 and has successfully risen through the ranks, heading all the major functions in the bank at various points. She has appeared several times on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world, and Fortune’s list of the most powerful women in business. Kochhar has several professional associations and is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry. In 2011 she was conferred one of India's highest civilian honors, the Padma Bhushan, to recognize her distinguished service.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Facebook
As Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is in charge of the company’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, she was awarded the prize for top student in economics, and later received her MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Before joining Facebook,Sandberg served as an economist with the World Bank and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Treasury Department. She was also Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. In 2013 Sandberg published the book "Lean In" to empower women to achieve their full potential in leadership roles.
Meg Whitman – President and Chief Executive Officer, HP
Meg Whitman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of computer giant HP in September 2011. She also oversaw the growth of the world's largest online marketplace, eBay, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer for a decade. Whitman has held executive-level positions at several companies, and even launched a run for governor of California on the Republican ticket in 2009. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University and graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
-- Spanx founder Sara Blakely, world's youngest self-made female billionaire