As part of Women’s History Month, the Root.com featured 20 of the top, black female CEOS across the world. The list features accomplishments of blacks CEOS such as Oprah Winfrey, Iman and Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer. Women are making strides from media to technology and the food industry. We highlighted a few of the women on the list:
Angela Benton is the CEO of Black Web Media and publisher of Black Web 2.0, the leading publication for technology and new media information for African Americans. Recently she launched the NewMe Accelerator to assist minority-owned startups.
Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers is the CEO of Johnson Publishing Co, the world’s largest black-owned and operated publishing company. Since she’s been in this role, Ebony and Jet’s circulation has grown immensely.
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita is the CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa, the largest steel producer in Africa. She oversees its annual production of 7.8 million tons. Nyembezi-Heita has been in this role since 2008. Nyembezi-Heita has master’s degrees in business administration and science and was previously the chief officer of mergers and acquisitions for Vodacom Group.
Amy S. Hilliard, a graduate of both Howard University and Harvard Business School, is the CEO of Hillard’s Comfort Cake Co. Her company distributes Southern-style pound cakes to companies such as Nordstom’s, United Airlines and Chicago Public Schools. She has been so successful that the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade chose her to be the first African American to sit on its board of directors.
Siza Mzimela is the CEO of South African Airways. She started with the company in 1996 as a research analyst and worked her way to her current position in 2003. She has been appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s board of directors; the first women member in 67 years. Oprah Winfrey also invited her to be a board member to her Leadership Academy for Girls.
Debra L. Lee became the CEO of BET Holdings in 2005. She acknowledged the criticism of the network’s focus on music videos that were thought o be derogatory to women and says she has worked to change the programming. Since her appointment she has put on programs such as Black Girls Rock! and stands by the rule that the network’s programming “has to have a message.”