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In the corporate world, there still are very few African-American women who rise to the position of CEO. In fact, at the Fortune 500 firms while there are currently six black CEOs, only one of them is a woman. Here is a look at African-American female CEOs — past and present — of some of the country’s major companies and organizations.
It’s that time of the year again where Forbes starts rolling out list after list after list. We already found out who the highest-paid celebrities under 30 are and the celebrity couples bringing in the most cash, now we have the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World — and 10 of them are black women who are making their mark across the globe.
From expected entertainers, business women, and political leaders in the US and abroad, here are the 10 black women who run the world:
#7 Michelle Obama
#17 Ursula Burns, Chaiman and CEO, Xerox
#50 Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores
#52 Helene Gayle, President, CEO, CARE
#69 Etharian Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations
#71 Joyce Banda, President, Malawi
#81 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria
#82 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia
Do you think Forbes missed anyone?
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On Friday Reuters reports that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has named Rosalind Brewer president and chief executive of Sam’s Club warehouse retail chain. This marks a historic time for both women and the black community in the corporate space. It is the first time that Wal-Mart, one of the world’s largest retailers, will have a woman and an African American heading one of its three business entities.
Friday was a successful day for two other women employees at Wal-Mart. Gisel Ruiz became the US chief operating officer and Karenann Terrell became Wal-Mart’s chief information officer. These promotions support its case that women are treated equally at the large corporation. Last year the US Supreme Court ruled against a class-action lawsuit brought on by women who claimed that female employees were subject to discrimination in receiving raises and promotions from the company.
Brewer graduated from Spelman College in 1984. She joined Wal-Mart as a regional vice president in 2006. Most recently Brewer headed Wal-Mart’s US East Coast operations. In this role she oversaw over $100 million in revenue each year and was responsible for more than 500,000 employees and nearly 1,600 stores. Sam’s Club is smaller than the Wal-Mart division Brewer previously supervised. It has 610 stores and last year brought in $49 billion in fiscal sales.
Brewer received the position shortly after her predecessor, Brian Cornell, decided he and his wife wanted to move back to the Northeast to be closer to their children. Brewer will begin her new position in Wal-Mart’s Bentonville, Arkansas base on February 1.
We certainly notice a sister who’s achieved a certain status in the business world. While we’re impressed with her talent and skill we can’t help but take note of her fashion sense. In a sea of black and blue business suits, it’s nice to see these ladies spice it up with a dress that pops with color. Check out the women of Corporate America who’ve climbed the ladder without scuffing their heels…