NEW YORK ( Oct. 31, 2005) — The Wall Street Journal, the world’s leading business publication, today announced the results of its second global “Top 50 Women To Watch” ranking, which is designed to recognize women who have achieved noteworthy successes in business in the past, as well as those who are poised to play important roles in business in the years to come.
The ranking includes women from the U.S., Europe and Asia, and is divided into seven diverse subgroups:
- “Running the Show” — Women who are chairwomen or chief executive officers.
- “In Line to Lead” — Women who stand to move up in their own companies or elsewhere in the years ahead.
- “The Inheritors” — Women who could be running the family business in the future.
- “The Policy Makers” — Women in government and central banks having a significant impact on business.
- “The Owners” — Women who run their own companies.
- “The Advocates” — Women who are working to improve career opportunities and everyday lives of women.
- “On the Sidelines” — Women who recently have stepped down from high-profile corporate positions and are expected to play a major role in business in the years ahead.
“We are proud to be honoring, once again, the 50 women who have made an indelible mark in their respective professions,” said Karen Elliott House, publisher, The Wall Street Journal, and senior vice president, Dow Jones & Company. “These women, who come from a wide range of companies and locations around the world, are in a class by themselves and their accomplishments are evidence of this. I congratulate each and every one of them.”
The entire ranking is listed below.
The Top 50 Women to Watch
"Running the Show"
- Margaret C. Whitman, president and chief executive, eBay
- Brenda Barnes, president, chairman and chief executive, Sara Lee
- Andrea Jung, chief executive, Avon Products
- Anne M. Mulcahy, chairman and chief executive, Xerox
- Carol Bartz, chief executive, Autodesk
- Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive, Areva
- Ho Ching, chief executive, Temasek Holdings
- Marjorie Scardino, chief executive, Pearson
- Izumi Kobayashi, president, Merrill Lynch Japan Securities
- Marion Sandler, co-chief executive, Golden West Financial
- Xie Qihua, chairwoman, Shanghai Baosteel
- Laurence Parisot, president, Medef
- Clara Furse, chief executive, London Stock Exchange
"In Line to Lead"
- Susan Arnold, vice chairman, Procter & Gamble
- Zoe Cruz, acting president, Morgan Stanley
- Indra Nooyi, president and chief financial officer, PepsiCo
- Angela Ahrendts, chief executive-designate, Burberry Group
- Laura Wright, chief financial officer, Southwest Airlines
- Susan Desmond-Hellmann, president of product development, Genentech
- Karen Katen, vice chairman, Pfizer
- Sallie Krawcheck, chief financial officer, Citigroup
- Ann Moore, chairman and chief executive, Time Inc.
- Safra Catz, co-president, Oracle
- Linda Cook, executive director, Gas and Power, Royal Dutch Shell
- Valerie Hermann, chief executive, Yves Saint Laurent
- Yoshie Motohiro, managing director, Nissan Motor India
- Christine Poon, vice chairman, Johnson & Johnson
- Renetta McCann, chief executive, Starcom MediaVest Group
- Anne Sweeney, president, Disney-ABC Television Group
- Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard
- Nancy Peretsman, managing director, Allen & Co.
- Joyce Chang, managing director, J.P. Morgan Chase
- Marluce Dias da Silva, adviser, TV Globo
- Tami Booth Corwin, president, Rodale Books
- Shari Redstone, president, National Amusements
- Abigail P. Johnson, president, Fidelity Employer Services
- Ana Patricia Botín, chairwoman, Banco Español de Credito
- Penny Pritzker, chairman, TransUnion
- María Asunción Arambúruzabála de Garza, vice chairwoman, Grupo Modelo
"The Policy Makers"
- Angela Merkel, chancellor-designate, Germany
- Wu Xiaoling, deputy governor, People's Bank of China
- Linda Chatman Thomsen, director of enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Janet Yellen, president, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
- Oprah Winfrey, Harpo
- Miuccia Prada, Prada Group
- Elisabeth Murdoch, Shine
- Sylvia Mathews, chief operating officer, Gates Foundation
- Kazuyo Katsuma, telecom analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase-Japan
"On the Sidelines"
- Carly Fiorina, former chief executive, Hewlett-Packard
- Myrtle Potter, former president of commercial operations, Genentech
The ranking is published in the Journal Report in today’s print editions of The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe, as well as online at www.wsj.com. The Journal asked dozens of editors and reporters in bureaus from around the world to nominate potential candidates, while also seeking nominations from outside. In all, around 450 nominations were received.
The Journal ranked the women based on their potential to make a significant impact on business in the years ahead. The Journal considered a variety of factors, such as their influence in business and their recent accomplishments. Moreover, the Journal considered the challenges they face in business, how they’re responding to those challenges, and what their decisions may mean for their companies and industries in the years ahead.
Many of these women already are CEOs or top executives, and will continue to be influential in their industries or in the wider business world. Others are women who are on their way up and bear watching. After much discussion and several rounds of voting among Journal editors and reporters, the list was narrowed down to the 50 finalists in the report.